Concordia University



Tenure-track position in Environmental Chemistry

Date posted: September 23, 2019 2019
Revised: October 7, 2019
Application deadline: November 30, 2019
Position code: 19_T_CHEM-M

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Environmental Chemistry. The selected candidate will ideally work in the study of the origin, fate and behavior of chemicals in air, soil and water environments, as well as on the effects of chemicals released by human activities on the environment.  This call extends to all individuals with interests in atmospheric, aquatic and soil chemistry, as well as analytical chemistry.  The successful candidate will develop a research program in an emerging environmental chemistry field that could include, but is not limited to, conceptual understanding of natural and urban systems based on molecular level analyses, emerging contaminants, transport and fate of chemical species (including modeling), as well as advanced topics in atmospheric environment and/or biogeochemical cycles.

The selected candidate will receive a tenure-track appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry part of the Faculty of Arts and Science. Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. Commensurate with their rank at either the assistant or associate level, candidates will be assessed on their demonstrated potential to attract diverse students and collaborators to Concordia University, conduct internationally-recognized research, secure research funds, as well as teach and drive curricular development within their respective area(s) and in collaboration with other Concordia departments (Geography, Planning and Environment; Chemical and Materials Engineering; Biology; Physics) and Innovation Hubs (Smart Cities; Health).

About the Department

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is home to 23 faculty members with proven strengths in biogeochemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, biological mass spectrometry and nanomedicine, amongst others. The Department hosts three Concordia research centres including the Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry, the Centre for NanoScience Research and the Centre for Research in Molecular Modelling.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Arts and Science was created in July 1977 through the merger of the former Loyola Faculty of Arts and Science, the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Arts, and the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Science.

The Faculty consists of 27 academic departments, colleges, institutes, and schools as well as more than 20 research centres. The Faculty is committed to responsible and innovative leadership in developing and disseminating knowledge and values and encouraging constructive social criticism. We achieve these objectives through inclusive and accessible academic programs which stress a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning. We are dedicated to superior teaching and research supported by excellence in scholarship and creative activity, and a tradition of service to the community. The Faculty serves many interdependent academic communities in an urban environment where students and faculty can pursue their shared commitment to lifelong learning.

About Concordia

Concordia University is recognized as Canada’s top university under the age of 50 and one of the most international universities in the world. With more than 7,000 faculty and staff, and 47,000 students, Concordia enables individuals to grow, contribute and innovate. Located on two campuses in the heart of cosmopolitan Montreal, our faculty and students benefit from state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and compelling program offerings in our four Faculties, Library, School of Graduate Studies and Centre for Continuing Education. Today’s challenges require new, collaborative, interdisciplinary thinking and action. We are designing a next-generation university that draws on the skills of our faculty and on the strengths of our external academic, private and public sector partnerships to prepare our students and society for what comes next. Our priority is to mobilize cross-sections of experts to translate novel scholarship into real-world applications. We aspire to ask big questions on health, well-being and social responsibility and to find creative solutions that transcend academic boundaries.

Ambitious, innovative, research- and community-engaged, our university is celebrated for its commitments to transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact. Concordia supports teaching, learning and research by its commitment to sustaining excellence, inclusion and opportunity for the entire academic community. In 2019, Concordia was recognized as a top Montreal employer for the fourth year running. We made the list based on a number of criteria, including pension and benefits, training and development opportunities and the physical and social aspects of the workplace.

About Montreal

Montréal, our home, is exceptional. It is a truly unique city — safe and clean, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. Another reason people flock to Montreal is because it's an affordable city. With a diverse population of 1.7 million, it is home to four major universities and several clinical research centres, and has been named the best student city in the world. The city is home to over 170,000 university students, a thriving multicultural scene and the most affordable tuition in Canada. Bilingualism is a part of Montréal’s tradition and adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant Anglophone population, it is the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Montréal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals that run throughout the year. As North America’s number one choice for international events and festivals, it was also the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity. The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming, film and world affairs.


Applicants must have a PhD in Chemistry or related discipline and relevant postdoctoral experience with excellent publication record for their career stage and demonstrated research expertise in at least one of the research areas.  Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in Environmental Chemistry and the potential to attract and retain excellent and diverse trainees. Excellent communication skills are required. The ability to establish partnerships with the Departments of Biology (Ecology) and/or Geography, Planning and the Environment would be strong assets.

The language of instruction at Concordia is English, however, knowledge of French is an asset. 

How to Apply

Applications must contain the following elements:

  • cover letter clearly identifying the title (Environmental Chemistry) and position code 19_T_CHEM-M to which they are applying and a statement on EDI (see below);
  • detailed curriculum vitae;
  • 5-page description of their planned research program,
  • 1-page summary of their most significant research contributions to date;
  • 2-page statement of teaching and training philosophy and interests;
  • teaching evaluations and/or other evidence of teaching effectiveness;

Candidates must also arrange to have the three letters of reference sent directly to:

Dr. Christine DeWolf
Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, Quebec H4B 1R6 Canada

Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio-cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.

As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next-Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society. These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • conducting research with underrepresented and / or underserved communities
  • committee work
  • offering or organizing educational programming
  • participation in training and workshops

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research excellence and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.

Applications should be submitted by November 30, 2019 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate has been identified. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence on July 1, 2020 or shortly thereafter.

Kindly forward your electronic application to:

Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 4323.

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