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Canada Excellence Research Chair

Ontario Tech University

Tracking Code: req107
Faculty/Department: Office of VP, Research and Innovation
Appointment Type: Tenured and Tenure-Track, Full-time Continuing
Number of Positions: 1
Salary Grade: Administered in accordance with the Collective Agreement
Posting Date: April 11, 2022
Application Review Date: May 31, 2022

Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), located in Oshawa, Ontario, is proud to encourage an interactive, information-sharing culture for our individual staff, and teams which enhance organizational effectiveness. Ontario Tech’s innovative programs, and technology-enriched learning environment create an atmosphere of academic excellence. Ontario Tech promotes social engagement, fosters critical thinking, and integrates outcomes-based learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to consider joining Ontario Tech's globally trained faculty as we further our reputation for providing a leading-edge learning environment and delivering innovative research.

Ontario Tech University is seeking exceptional candidates for the 2022 Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) competition. The prestigious CERC program is intended to attract the world’s leading researchers to further Canada’s research excellence and competitiveness.

The specific program objectives are to:
•strengthen Canada’s ability to attract the world’s top researchers, in order to be at the leading edge of breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation priority areas expected to generate social and economic benefits for Canadians;
•help Canada build a critical mass of expertise in science, technology and innovation priority areas identified by the Government of Canada;
•create a competitive environment to help Canadian institutions, in their pursuit of excellence in their research, attract a cadre of world-leading researchers; and
•contribute to branding Canada as a location of choice for world-leading research, science and technology development, alongside other federal programs with similar objectives.

Areas of Research Excellence for CERC at Ontario Tech University

Modern and forwarding thinking, Ontario Tech University is a young, small Canadian research-intensive university that advances the discovery and application of knowledge to accelerate economic growth, technological advancement, regional development, healthy communities, and social innovation. The CERC is envisioned to complement and amplify our existing research excellence. We encourage applications across five areas of research excellence, as outlined below.

1. Energy. We have quickly become a national leader in energy and environmental sustainability research. Our scientists focus on new basic scientific discoveries and solving fundamental problems in the natural sciences and computer science that will help unlock the potential of clean energy technologies. Our engineers are developing innovative materials and enabling technology that is key to our future electrical grid, microgrids, and energy systems. Our researchers are among the best in the world in nuclear energy and nuclear science including small modular reactors, radiation science, radiation health and safety, simulation research, and nuclear materials management. We are also international research leaders in developing alternative energy sources, with major scholarly contributions to forms of clean energy such as biofuels, hydrogen and fuel cells, geothermal, and solar. We are also home to the Brilliant Energy Institute, which serves as an integrator between the university’s sustainability and energy research community and the broader external ecosystem in Canada and internationally.

2. Automotive/Transportation. Positioned in the automotive manufacturing heartland of southern Ontario, we have built world-class research facilities including most notably the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), home to the Climatic Wind Tunnel. This facility has helped positioned our researchers to be both leaders in automotive research and pioneers in new mobility systems including the next generation of cars, buses, trains, drones, and e-bikes. We are the research hub for the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) focused on human interactions with electric and self-driving vehicles. Our talent pipeline in automotive tech combined with our globally leading full-scale Autonomous and Electric Vehicle testing infrastructure has made Durham Region one of the world’s strongest innovation environments for companies disrupting the automotive marketplace.

3. Biomaterials Characterization. We have developed widely recognized expertise in biomaterials characterization and access to world class research facilities such as the Materials Characterization Facility (MCF). Focused on science, technology, and innovation, the MCF provides access to a variety of resources and services to support research activities and development in materials science. Modern instrumentation integrated at the MCF is operated by a multidisciplinary team of experts to support comprehensive analysis at the micro to the nanoscale, promoting the development of novel materials and technologies. Our researchers are internationally known for their research expertise in electrocatalysts for fuel cells and sensors, electrode design, organometallics, surface science, and the development of accelerated stress tests to probe durability and modes of degradation. This outstanding expertise has stimulated innovative, interdisciplinary research and strong industry partnerships.

4. Computational/High Performance Computing. Situated in Canada’s technology hub, we have developed wide-ranging, award-winning research programs spanning multiple disciplines from the natural sciences, computer science, business, education, engineering, health sciences, social sciences and information technology. These research programs exemplify how both pure research in computer science and applied advanced data analysis utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning delivers a transformative effect on almost every field of scientific discovery and applications. We are also home to the Institute for Cybersecurity and Resilient Systems, a multi-disciplinary, global centre for cybersecurity research, innovation, teaching, and outreach.

5. Aging. Ontario Tech has recognized expertise in aging, spanning multiple disciplines in health, social sciences and humanities, and natural sciences and engineering. Our researchers bring leading expertise in various areas, including quality of life in aging; epidemiology; active aging and age-friendly environments; community-based research; implementation science; health professionals’ education; discrimination and ageism; senior mental health; and development of innovative technological solutions to improve quality of life. This proven interdisciplinary approach coupled with strong partnerships uniquely positions our university to build a strong evidence base to inform aging research and best practices.

Eligibility and Applicant Profile

Applicants will have an outstanding track record of research contributions, recruiting and mentoring a diverse group of students and research personnel, as well as knowledge mobilization. World-leading applicants holding positions in academia, government or industry are eligible. Applicants from academia must be full professors or associate professors expected to be promoted to full professor within one or two years of the nomination. Alternatively, if they come from outside the academic sector, applicants must possess the qualifications necessary to be appointed at these levels. There are no program restrictions with regard to nationality or country of residence.

The Chairholder will be awarded up to $1 million per year for 8 years, non-renewable. The Chairholder is expected to initiate an innovative, world-leading research program, foster partnerships with academic and non-academic partners, stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations and engage in knowledge mobilization and translation activities. The successful candidate will build and strengthen our existing undergraduate and graduate program capacity.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct active and innovative research programs and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ontario Tech is a technology-enhanced learning environment and the candidate shall be expected to have skills in the integration of technology into teaching and to model those skills in their own teaching in the University’s web-centric and mobile learning environment. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. and a strong academic background; as well as an established record of excellence in innovative and scholarly research leading to peer assessed publications. Candidates must also demonstrate strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions. In addition, candidates should possess excellent English language skills demonstrating an ability to ensure strong, two-way communications on an ongoing basis that contribute to collaborative/collegial relationships with faculty, staff, students, and the community at large.

The successful candidate will be expected to follow a 40% Research, 40% Teaching and 20% Service workload each year.
How to Apply

Applications must include:

•Cover letter addressing how the applicant’s career achievements align with the CERC objectives and the research profile outlined above, as well as the research area (1 to 5) the applicant’s research aligns with;
•A detailed current curriculum vitae (if applicable, we encourage applicants to explain any career interruptions that might have affected research productivity);
•A concise description of current and future research plans (up to 3 pages);
•A description of the applicant’s 1) past experience with recruiting, training, and mentoring a diverse group of trainees, and creating an equitable and inclusive research environment; and 2) future strategies for implementing EDI in the CERC position to recruit and train a diverse research team as well as create an inclusive and diverse research environment;
•Full text of three research publications reflecting topics, theoretical approach and methods relevant to the CERC position;
•The name and contact information of three referees. These referees may be asked by the University to provide letters of reference.

Ontario Tech University recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g. parental leave, slowdowns due to illness or disability, COVID-19 impacts) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration during the assessment process. Candidates are encouraged to highlight in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions have had an impact on their career.

Candidates are invited to express their interest early. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

If you need more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation by email at

This position is contingent upon the applicant receiving a Canada Excellence Research Chair. The position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the University Board of Governors and the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS). The Canada Excellence Research Chair is tenable for eight years. Interested applicants are invited to review the full program details on the following web page:

All applicants are required to self-identify via this Employment Equity Survey. This information will only be securely accessed by a designated member of the Office of Human Resources. General de-identified data will be shared with members of a selection committee. To access the Employment Equity Survey, please click here

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 collective agreement.

Review of applications will begin on May 31, 2022 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants should submit in electronic format a covering letter; a curriculum vitae including a list of publications; a statement of teaching interests/experience; an outline of their present research program; a brief future research plan; and the names of three referees through the Ontario Tech website.

Ontario Tech University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous Peoples in Canada will be given priority.

Ontario Tech University respects people's different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. The University is also committed to ensuring that confidentiality is maintained throughout all aspects of the recruitment cycle.

Prior to May 1, 2022, the university required all students, faculty, staff and visitors (including contractors) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as defined by our mandatory vaccine directive. This directive was paused, effective May 1, 2022, but may be reinstated at any point in the future depending on public health guidelines and the recommendations of experts. All employees of the university will be expected to comply with the requirements of this directive.

The university recognizes faculty and staff may require accommodations. We are committed to an accommodation process in which individualized needs (e.g. for medical and religious/creed grounds) are appropriately addressed under the Ontario Human Rights Code. A COVID-19 Vaccination Accommodation Application Form is available. The university recognizes some faculty and staff may require accommodations.

We are committed to an accommodation process in which individualized needs (e.g. for medical and religious/creed grounds) are appropriately addressed under the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you require accommodation, please contact Julie Day, Health and Disability Management Specialist. For more information about the universities policies for accommodating employees with disabilities please review the university’s Accessibility Policy

The university acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation which is covered under the Williams Treaties. We are situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation which includes Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi.

Job Location: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Expected Start Date: 7/1/2023
Expected End Date: N/A

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