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Canada Research Chair in Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy

Last updated: August 28, 2022, 3:57 p.m.

Job title: Canada Research Chair Tier II in Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy
Position code: 21_C_PHY_CME_O
Date posted: October 18, 2021
Application deadline: December 1, 2021
Advertised until: Position is filled

Position description

Concordia University seeks to appoint a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II, a research-intensive tenure-track faculty position, in Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy. The selected candidate will receive a joint appointment as a full member of both the Department of Physics and the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, which are units in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, respectively.

We are seeking candidates with specialization in subfields including but not limited to experimental and computational research in nanomaterials and nanosystems (their growth, processing, assembly, measurement, testing, modeling) for applications in energy storage, renewable energy production, photocatalysis and electrocatalysis. Research at the interface between the physics and engineering of nanomaterials towards developing sustainable energy solutions are sought. The selected candidate will be expected to develop a strong independent research program, supervise several graduate students, secure significant external funding, and establish collaborations with members of both the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering and the Department of Physics, as well as with external partners. The candidate will be expected to teach in both departments and teaching duties will include courses both at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Concordia University is strongly committed to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the institution and recognizes the value of achieving inclusive excellence in both teaching and research contexts. We offer a truly collaborative, multidisciplinary, and diverse academic environment, including extensive state-of-the-art research facilities in nanomaterials research.

Qualifications and assets

We are firmly committed to the principle of inclusive excellence. We are looking for candidates with extensive multidisciplinary research experience in nanomaterials science, physics, chemical engineering, and related fields. The position is open to candidates with experience in either experimental and/or computational methods and a demonstrated commitment to supporting our department’s equitable and inclusive learning environments. Qualified candidates will have a PhD in physics, engineering, or a closely related field, and have relevant postdoctoral experience. They should have a peer-reviewed publication record showing creativity, impact, and productivity in their field of research — taking into full consideration career stage, career breaks and special circumstances. Experience in formal teaching and student supervision is an asset. A strong track record towards promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in science and/or engineering is a substantive asset.

Candidates eligible for Tier II chair positions must be excellent emerging scholars within 10 years of their highest degree at the time of nomination (exclusive of career interruptions). Potential Tier II candidates who are more than 10 years from their highest degree should take note that certain career interruptions may still make them eligible for nomination. Potential candidates are encouraged to submit a formal justification by means of the Tier II Justification Assessment Form, which will be considered in the review of applications. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria and acceptable justifications to the extension of the eligibility term.

Notwithstanding the above and irrespective of their submission of a formal justification, candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals (such as the decision to have a family, eldercare, illness, and so forth) in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process.

How to apply

All applications and letters of reference must be submitted electronically (directly) via the site, at: Applications must consist of: a cover letter (that includes the title and position code 21_C_PHY_CME_O, that states if the candidate is, or is not, a Canadian permanent resident or citizen, and where the candidate is encouraged to self-identify — see subsequent paragraph on employment equity and immigration status for more information); a current curriculum vitae (including a description of any career interruption(s) and impact(s) thereof); copies of three (3) representative publications; a five (5) page outline of the proposed research program; a one (1) page statement describing their experience with and philosophy on diversity and inclusion in student training and teaching; as well as a brief statement of teaching philosophy/interests (if available, attach any teaching evaluation). Candidates must also arrange to have three (3) letters of reference submitted online by their referees themselves.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Chairs of the Departments, respectively Dr. Valter Zazubovits (, Physics) and Dr. Alex  De Visscher (, CME). Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position at the rank of Assistant Professor; appointments at the rank of Associate Professor may be considered based on previous experience. The expected start date for this position is August 1, 2022, and applications should be received by December 1, 2021, for full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate will be required to work with the departments and the faculties to prepare the formal CRC nomination according to the CRC program guidelines. The university will submit the nomination to the CRC Secretariat at the earliest opportunity.

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. 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 background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them 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
  • 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.

Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures 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.

Territorial Acknowledgement

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

Employment Equity

Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

Immigration Status

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements: 

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada 
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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