Jarislowsky Chair in Sustainable Water Futures

Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, ON, CA

Position Summary : The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University is excited to announce the creation of the endowed Jarislowsky Chair in Sustainable Water Futures (subject to budgetary approval). The Jarislowsky Chair, supported by an endowment fund created as a result of a $2 million donation from the Jarislowsky Foundation and housed in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will direct an innovative research program in chemistry or biochemistry that aligns with sustainability of national and global water and could include the analysis, remediation, and/or toxicology of contaminants. Specifically, the endowment will provide the Jarislowsky Chair with annual funding to support their research program, including personnel and other research costs. The Chair holder will seek further funding from external sources to support their research activities. Individuals with programs of research aligned with the objectives of the Jarislowsky Chair and who are eligible to be appointed at the associate professor or full professor level are encouraged to apply for this five-year appointment, with eligibility for renewal. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020, although this can be negotiated.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has 19 members (13 faculty members and 6 instructors) with facilities and laboratory spaces fostering diverse collaborations, particularly with the Department of Biology through a joint PhD program. As a member of the Department, the Jarislowsky Chair will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching that aligns with their expertise, and will supervise and mentor graduate students. The Chair will also participate in Departmental committees and other service activities.

A cross-appointment to the Balsillie School of International Affairs will provide the Jarislowsky Chair with a unique opportunity to develop policy related to national and global water and other natural resources.

The Jarislowsky Chair will also be an active member of the Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science (CCRWS); including the Laurier Institute for Water Science. This multidisciplinary Institute promotes collaboration amongst researchers in Laurier’s Faculty of Arts, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and Faculty of Science.

The Jarislowsky Chair will also be closely aligned with Global Water Futures. This $78M multi-institutional research program delivers solutions to manage water futures in Canada and other regions where climate is changing landscapes, ecosystems and aquatic environments.

The ideal candidate for this position would have demonstrated expertise in water science and be eligible to be appointed at the Associate or Full Professor level in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. They will also have a demonstrated capacity to develop and lead an externally funded, collaborative research program that aligns with the goals of the Jarislowsky Chair. They will have a demonstrated proficiency in teaching, with experience supporting, training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and other research personnel. Potential to support the development of science-based policy is essential.

The application package should include:
(i) A cover letter;
(ii) A detailed curriculum vitae with names and contact information (address, telephone, and email) of at least three references;
(iii) A research proposal describing long and short-term research objectives, methodologies, feasibility, impacts and significance. The research proposal should also highlight progress to date;
(iv) A statement of teaching experience and interests, including a brief outline of a senior undergraduate course that could be taught based on the applicant’s area of expertise; and
(v) Past contributions and/or future plans related to science-based policy.

Application Submission
Application files should be compiled into a single PDF document and submitted to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at [email protected]

Applications will be accepted until April 3rd, 2020.

Wilfrid Laurier University offers competitive benefits and start-up packages; salary will be commensurate with qualifications.