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Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)

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Now accepting applications for the prestigious CERC competition

The University of Calgary invites applications from world-leading researchers for the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Competition. The CERC program is designed to attract world‑renowned researchers to launch ambitious and impactful research programs at Canadian universities.

Located in Canada’s most enterprising city, the traditional territory of the peoples of Treaty 7 and Region 3 of the Métis Nation of Alberta, the University of Calgary (UCalgary) is a global and innovative intellectual hub for teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and community engagement.

UCalgary is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, with more than 6,500 graduate students and 28,500 undergraduate students, more than 1,800 academic staff (continuing, contingent term or limited term appointment), more than 1,300 sessionals, and more than 3,200 non-academic staff, in 14 Faculties, across five campuses. The vibrant and research-intensive environment at UCalgary is home to 146 research chairs (with 99 Canada Research Chair allocations), and more than 50 research institutes and centres. UCalgary has the fastest growth rate in attracting research funding among the 10 largest universities in Canada and in 2022 ranked fifth among Canada’s top research universities in Research Infosource Inc.’s latest Top 50 Research Universities, the youngest university to have reached the top five.

Posting date: March 16, 2022

Closing date: positions will be posted for a minimum of 30 days with the possibility of extension until the positions are filled

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The Opportunity

The University of Calgary invites applications from world renowned researchers for the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) 2022 Competition. The CERC program stands at the centre of a national strategy to foster research excellence in Canada and improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people. The program offers an avenue for Canadian institutions to recruit the best global talent and brand Canada as a location of choice for world-leading research. CERCs are one of the largest and most prestigious awards available globally, providing the world’s top researchers and their teams with funding support over eight years to support their research programs and teams.

The CERC recruitment uses a two staged process where interested applicants must first apply to the open job posting at the University. The successful applicant from that first stage will then enter a second stage, for which they co-develop an application with the University to the federal government funding program.  The University of Calgary will provide substantial institutional support in the preparation and development of the program application. Appointment to one of these positions is contingent upon the applicant being awarded a Canada Excellence Research Chair and 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). Interested applicants are invited to review the full program details here. Candidates who are unsuccessful in a CERC chair application at the national competition may be considered as a nominee for a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in the areas identified below.  

CERC Chair awardees will have up to 12 months to take up the award after the notice of award and acceptance has been signed by all parties.

This program provides an opportunity for international researchers, including Canadian expatriates wishing to relocate to Canada, to lead a prestigious research program at the University of Calgary and to contribute to Canada’s excellence in research and innovation. Applicants must be full professors or associate professors expected to be promoted to full professor within one to two years of the nomination. Successful applicants will have an outstanding track record of research contributions in their field including a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion within their research ecosystems, and demonstrated leadership/mentorship within research teams. The University of Calgary is seeking CERC candidates in the themes listed below.

University of Calgary CERC Themes

Globally, and locally, we are witnessing societies shaped by increasing human entanglements and social polarization.  Pluralism in the city, what might be called pluralism from below, recognizes the need for an active engagement that creates a society of shared values, and peace and prosperity from a diversity of civilizations, cultures, peoples, groups, and entities. It addresses the wicked social challenges associated with super-diversity and hyper-diversity of our time: social disconnection, division, distrust, dehumanization, religious intolerance and political strife. Pluralism is inextricably concerned with depolarisation.  It is fundamentally concerned with how to make diversity work so that we can live well together. It requires actively cultivating an understanding of different perspectives and facilitating how this multiplicity shapes social transformation for the better. Pluralism is what can emerge from relationship building and intercultural engagement, bridging divides, social healing, collaborative problem solving, and interfaith engagement. This context calls for a paradigm shift, for bold solutions, culture change, shifting values, norms, skills, behaviours, how we see ourselves and others, and how we see ourselves in relation to diverse others. The University of Calgary has been laying the groundwork toward a Pluralism Strategy for many years and is currently seeking to recruit a global leader in Epistemic Pluralism and Ecologies of Knowledges. 

The knowledge domain has become a site of struggle and increasing demands for epistemic pluralism. At the centre of the struggles are calls for institutional transformation, recognition of diverse ways of knowing and redefinition of social relations. There is a resurgent and insurgent epistemological decolonization targeting intersectional inequalities concerning race, class, gender and other vectors of social exclusion; advocating the reclaiming of worldviews and epistemologies that have been pushed to the margins of modern societies; cultivation of new consciousness predicated on decoloniality and humanity in all of its diversity.

  • The chair will focus on questions of epistemological decolonization, epistemic pluralism and a future underpinned by ecologies of knowledges. These issues have implications for structural, institutional, relational and personal aspects of societal change necessary for the 21st century.  
  • The chair will develop a research program to examine the structural, epistemological, relational, and personal dimensions of the social that are shaping the ways in which scholars engage with diverse communities and their knowledges, and worldviews and cosmologies.
  • The research program will enable community participation in research and epistemic initiatives and the co-production of relevant knowledge.

Globally, and locally, we are witnessing societies shaped by increasing human entanglements and social polarization.  Pluralism in the city, what might be called pluralism from below, recognizes the need for an active engagement that creates a society of shared values, and peace and prosperity from a diversity of civilizations, cultures, peoples, groups, and entities. It addresses the wicked social challenges associated with super-diversity and hyper-diversity of our time: social disconnection, division, distrust, dehumanization, religious intolerance and political strife. Pluralism is inextricably concerned with depolarisation.  It is fundamentally concerned with how to make diversity work so that we can live well together. It requires actively cultivating an understanding of different perspectives and facilitating how this multiplicity shapes social transformation for the better. Pluralism is what can emerge from relationship building and intercultural engagement, bridging divides, social healing, collaborative problem solving, and interfaith engagement. This context calls for a paradigm shift, for bold solutions, culture change, shifting values, norms, skills, behaviours, how we see ourselves and others, and how we see ourselves in relation to diverse others. The University of Calgary has been laying the groundwork toward a Pluralism Strategy for many years and is currently seeking to recruit a global leader in Transdisciplinarity, Cognitive Justice and Education. 

  • The chair will advance the intersection of transdisciplinarity, cognitive justice and education. It will develop a policy-relevant research agenda to foster transformation in the higher education sector, with the aim of creating a more inclusive education and societies that can confront the challenges of polarization facing human societies.
  • The chair will advance transdisciplinarity, cognitive justice and education as an integral methodology for a reformulated epistemology that is necessary to support emerging local, national and global policy frameworks, and advance and protect plural knowledges and intellectual property rights.
  • It will develop and advance terms and conditions for plural knowledges, and the integration of different forms of knowledge in higher education.
  • It will foster transdisciplinary scholarship for systems transformation including in education, law, economics and science.

Addiction is a mental illness that knows no socio-economic, geographic, cultural, gender, or age boundaries. Morbidity and mortality associated with addiction have emerged as a public health crisis in Canada. Individuals who are subjected to stressors such as pain and/or inflammation, trauma, poverty, homelessness, adverse childhood experiences, mental illness, and loneliness are more likely to develop addiction. Additionally, the changes in brain circuits or behavior that occur following stress may favour compulsive substance use. Stress also plays a key role during drug withdrawal and life stressors are a key driver for resumption of drug use (relapse). Although there has been widespread interest in understanding how stress increases the likelihood of addiction and contributes to relapse, the underlying neurobiology remains unknown. Reducing the adverse impact of addiction must consider how environmental stressors and other socioeconomic determinants of health affect drug and alcohol consumption, and devise strategies to reduce the impact of these risk factors. The University of Calgary has developed a strong base in stress research and supports a rapidly growing addiction research group. The chair in the Intersection of Stress and Addiction will catalyze this expertise to address the burden of drug and alcohol addiction in Canada.

Mountain and cold regions systems, along with their associated watersheds, inhabitants, and diverse ecosystems, have been identified among the most vulnerable global biogeographic regions impacted by climate change. Considered as critical bellwethers of climate change, these regions are experiencing disproportionate warming at twice the global average. The successful CERC candidate will lead the integration of hydrologic, meteorological and hydro-ecological research activities within next-generation numerical environmental prediction systems. The research will use an integrated, risk-based solutions framework to facilitate sound water resource and ecosystem management within a One Health approach (https://research.ucalgary.ca/one-health).  Advancing solutions to water-related UN Sustainable Development Goals requires transdisciplinary research programs that consider social, political and community partnerships. The CERC program is expected to develop novel climate adaptation strategies/mitigation approaches and implementation models that involves the co-development and implementation of ethical-based approaches, including the braiding of both western and Indigenous knowledge-based systems. Validation should be achieved through community-led efforts co-developed with Indigenous knowledge holders to derive solutions optimized for local, regional and global settings.

Quantum Science and Technology (QST) is an interdisciplinary field entering a period of explosive growth both in terms of academic research and as a technology sector of its own with the potential to disrupt and transform whole sections of the world economy in the coming decades. The University of Calgary (UCalgary) has been engaged in quantum research for over 20 years and is home to the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology (IQST), comprising 17 research groups with strengths across the spectrum of quantum research. At this time, the University of Calgary is seeking applications from global leaders working on quantum interfaces, which will align well with current research activities in quantum optics, quantum sensing, quantum communication, and quantum computing.

All communities need access to safe, clean, and reliable energy. Hydrogen is one option, but its execution remains a major uncertainty. The proposed CERC program in Hydrogen – Safe Acceptable and Fair Energy (H2-SAFE) will create and/or enable safe paths to clean, economic hydrogen-based energy. In collaboration with an inclusive and dynamic ecosystem of researchers, the CERC will research and develop solutions for safe practical application and acceleration of clean hydrogen in communities. To ensure transdisciplinary approaches are integral to the research program, the Chairholder will be cross-appointed between a non-STEM department and the Schulich School of Engineering. Expected research topics will include: 1) safe engagement to accelerate hydrogen solutions; ii) safe materials (storage, transport); iii) safe hydrogen generation (to the environment, sustainable and beneficial); iv) actions to accelerate acceptable deployment; v) outreach to engage communities. In collaboration with academic, industry and community partners, the CERC program will be focused on both social and technical solutions for accelerated adoption of hydrogen generation and end use.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCalgary

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding diversity or requests for accommodation can be sent to Human Resources (hrhire@ucalgary.ca).

To Apply

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the University of Calgary Careers site using the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete applications should include:

  • Cover letter that identifies (maximum two pages):
    • the theme (1 to 6) aligned to the applicant's research
    • description of the societal impact of the candidate’s most significant contributions
  • Curriculum vitae including names and contact information of three referees
  • Brief description of the candidate’s research plan, including a description of how equity, diversity and inclusion has been incorporated into research design and research team (maximum three pages)

Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to: UofCCERC@jssearch.ca

 

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity. 

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing is committed to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do. Learn more about ii’ taa’poh’to’p (the Indigenous strategy). 

The University of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members. To learn about our comprehensive benefits package for this Calgary-based, English speaking position (with the ability to speak an Indigenous language recognized as an asset), please click here.


Calgary

Recently ranked the 5th most liveable city in the world (2019) by The Economist, and possessing one of the youngest populations of major cities in Canada, Calgary is home to world-class attractions, sporting amenities and public infrastructure that supports a healthy lifestyle, making it a great place to raise a family. Situated where the Canadian plains reach the sunny foothills of Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains, Calgary is a major urban centre surrounded by an area of profound beauty with an awe-inspiring mountains, lakes, rivers and gorgeous prairie.

Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city.

Consistently rated by the United Nations as the world’s best country to live in, Canada is the world’s second largest country by total area and is one of the most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education.