Assistant or Associate Professor, Tenure-Track/Tenured, Canada Research Chair (Tier I or II): Aquatic Environmental Biology

uoit UOIT

Tracking Code: 803-136

Faculty of Science

Assistant or Associate Professor, Tenure-Track/Tenured, Canada Research Chair (Tier I or II): Aquatic Environmental Biology

Appointment Type: Full-Time Continuing

Posting Date: April 28, 2017

Application Review Date: June 5, 2017

As an innovative and research‐focused university, The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is committed to engaging in leading edge research activities that address issues of local, regional, national, and global significance. The university’s research profile is both competitive with, and distinct from, other Canadian universities, and interdisciplinary research and collaboration across the university as a whole is strongly encouraged. UOIT advances the creation and application of knowledge through a technology-enriched learning environment and innovative programs responsive to the needs of students, and the evolving 21st century workplace. For detailed information, please visit:

UOIT’s commitment to research excellence has resulted in millions of dollars in grants and awards, including eleven prestigious Canada Research Chairs. The university’s Faculty of Science now invites applications for nomination to a Canada Research Chair position in Aquatic Environmental Biology. Contingent on success of the CRC nomination, the successful applicant will be offered a position at the rank of assistant, associate or full professor. Rank and CRC Tier level will depend on experience and qualifications. Canada Research Chairs are subject to review and approval by the CRC Secretariat. Please visit the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

The Faculty of Science is seeking an exceptional researcher in Aquatic Environmental Biology who has the potential to lead their field of study in research areas related to aquatic ecosystem health. These areas may include, but are not limited to: the effects of environmental contaminants on aquatic organisms; multiple-stressor impacts on aquatic communities and ecosystems; or the biological transformation and mediation of contaminant fate in aquatic ecosystems. Candidates that use advanced analytical tools (e.g., molecular, genomics) to combine experimental and field research with modelling approaches are particularly encouraged to apply. The research program of the CRC will fully utilize UOIT’s $2.2 million, 2000 sq. ft. state of the art Aquatics Facility to conduct world-class experimental research. The laboratory is outfitted with warm and coldwater fish tanks, with sophisticated environmental controls. Additional facilities and resources include a 600 sq. foot wet lab (with essential equipment for advanced techniques, e.g., quantitative PCR machine, fluorescence microscope) and a new vessel suitable for open-water field studies. The CRC will directly support the Applied Bioscience MSc/PhD programs by providing opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to conduct cutting edge research. The CRC will also provide leadership and support for our undergraduate programs in the Biological Sciences/Environmental Sciences. For more information on the Faculty, please visit:

CRC Tier 1 positions are intended for outstanding and innovative world-class researchers who are recognized internationally as leaders in their fields and whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields. Qualified nominees for Tier 2 CRC nomination will be exceptional emerging researchers and acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. Tier 2 nominees should demonstrate the potential to achieve international recognition in their field in the next five to ten years.   Candidates who are more than ten years from the terminal degree may also be considered through CRC’s Tier 2 Justification Process if they experienced a career interruption due to maternity, parental, extended sick, family care leave or clinical activities.

The Faculty of Science requires that the candidate hold a PhD in biological-science discipline, with postdoctoral experience and an established publication record of research in aquatic environmental biology. It is essential that the candidate demonstrate commitment to research excellence, the ability to conduct a dynamic and world‐class research program, and exhibit strong teaching and communication skills. A record of interdisciplinary academic research collaborations, community/industry partnerships and external research funding should be evident as well as a commitment to outstanding teaching and training contributions. The Faculty of Science is also particularly interested in candidates with experience proactively advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in research activities, curriculum and teaching, and can demonstrate their commitment to promoting a respectful work and learning environment at UOIT.

Candidates are invited to submit an electronic application package through the link at the bottom of this posting. Applications must include:

  • A cover letter addressing how your career achievements position you for a successful CRC nomination;
  • A current curriculum vitae including a list of publications (and, if applicable, explain the impact of any legitimate career interruptions on your record of research achievements);
  • A concise proposal outlining a 5 year research plan;
  • A one-page teaching statement; and,
  • The names and contact information of three people who may be contacted by the University for letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin on June 5, 2017, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

UOIT is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. The Canada Research Chairs Program imposes no restrictions on nominees with regard to nationality or country of residence. Procedures to allow non-Canadian chair holders to work in Canada have been established by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Nominated Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canada Research Chairs are subject to review and approval by the CRC Secretariat. Further details on the CRC Program can be found at:

UOIT respects people’s different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify Julie Day at or 905-721-8668 ext. 3649. For more information, see

This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the UOIT Faculty Association and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the University and the UOIT Faculty Association. The collective agreement may be found on the Human Resources section of our website. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and annual salary increases are administered as per the terms outlined in the tenured and tenure track collective agreement.