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Industrial Research Chair in Marine Simulation and Learning

Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for an Industrial Research Chair in Simulation and Learning, commencing January 2021 or shortly thereafter. The appointment will be made at the rank of Full Professor.

The successful candidate will lead a program of research in the area of maritime simulation, its impact on learning, and with a strong focus on safety. Collaboration with relevant industry partners that leads to peer review publication is expected.
The Chair will supervise graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and will teach graduate and undergraduate courses. There will also be opportunities to mentor students of other research programs through collaboration with faculty at the Marine Institute and Memorial University.

The successful candidate will work with a dedicated technical team of faculty and staff at the Marine Institute. The successful candidate will have access to a suite of maritime simulators, and may be provided with seagoing ship-time by industry partners. The Chair will have access to the new Holyrood Marine Base - currently under construction. This new building will contain dry/wet labs, classroom space, bays, and offices that will enable collaboration among researchers, students and ocean technology partners. It is complete with marginal wharf, water lot, and seagoing vessels. This facility will support research and development initiatives of the Chair.

The ideal candidate will exhibit a record of excellence in research in the area of simulation training, human factors, and skill learning in the context of marine transport and safety. As well, the successful candidate will have demonstrated success securing Tri-Council funding (or equivalent), evidence of teaching excellence and experience supervising masters and doctoral students in addition to postdoctoral fellows. Experience developing or leading graduate programs and mentoring faculty research is an asset. The successful candidate will have a PhD and demonstrated academic leadership and team building skills.

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and its Marine Institute has a long-standing tradition of partnership with all relevant stakeholders including academic, research and development, industry, and regulatory bodies both nationally and internationally. The Marine Institute is committed to the development of a strong research group in marine simulation and learning. The successful candidate must be willing and able to take a leadership role in this endeavor. They are expected to foster collaboration in cognate fields across the country and internationally.

Memorial University is Newfoundland and Labrador’s only university and plays an integral role in the educational and cultural life of the province. Offering diverse undergraduate programs to over 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning. St. John’s is a safe, friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to wide variety of outdoor activities. For further information about Memorial University, please visit

As a campus of Memorial University, the Fisheries and Marine Institute is Canada’s most comprehensive centre for education, training, applied research and industrial support for the ocean industry. It is seen as one of the most respected centres of marine learning and applied research in the world offering world class expertise and facilities, a multi-disciplinary approach, and strong linkages with industry. It operates a large well-equipped vessel that is available for research.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals are all encouraged to apply, however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents shall be given first priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the qualifications of the candidate. The Chair holder will receive attractive industry funding to support the research program and the Chair is expected to leverage the industry funding. Specifically, there is an expectation that the candidate will seek and obtain external funding both from industry and government.

The closing date for this announcement is September 28, 2020. Candidates should forward their materials electronically, indicating the position to which they are applying in the subject line with the correct reference number. The application must include a letter of interest containing a research statement with a brief, five-year research program plan (maximum 3 pages), a statement of teaching philosophy, detailed curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three referees. The application should be addressed to:

Dr. Rob Shea, Associate Vice-President (Marine Institute),
Academic and Student Affairs,
Memorial University of Newfoundland.
via, quoting reference no VPMI-2020-001