Wilfrid Laurier University, Dean of Science Office Wilfrid Laurier University, University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Dec 12, 2019Full time
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a tenured faculty position at the Associate Professor or Full Professor level for the Jarislowsky Chair in Sustainable Water Futures (subject to budgetary approval). Commencement of the initial five-year appointment is negotiable, but the expected start date of the appointment is July 1, 2020. The Jarislowsky Chair, created as a result of a gift from the Jarislowsky Foundation and housed in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will support the sustainability of Canada’s water and other natural resources. A joint appointment in the Balsillie School of International Affairs will provide unique opportunities for the Jarislowsky Chair to shape policy developments that offer innovative solutions for critical sustainability challenges. These challenges include industrial pollution, energy development, global water use, food security and climate change management and adaptation. The Chair holder will direct an innovative research program in the detection, analysis, remediation, and/or toxicology of contaminants. This research program is expected to address gaps in scientific knowledge that will lead to policy developments related to Canada’s water and other natural resources. The endowment funds will be available to the Jarislowsky Chair to support: (i) Students and other personnel; (ii) Research; and (iii) Seed funding that will help to leverage additional research support The Chair holder will seek further funding from external sources to support their research activities. The five-year term of the Chair holder is renewable upon successful review. This position is open for applicants with established programs of research aligned with the objectives of the Jarislowsky Chair. The Jarislowsky Chair will also join the Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science (CCRWS). Opened in 2013, the CCRWS is a collaborative research facility that, in partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories, houses four research centres/groups, including the Laurier Institute for Water Science ( https://researchcentres.wlu.ca/laurier-institute-for-water-science/index.html ). This multidisciplinary Institute promotes collaboration amongst researchers in the Faculty of Arts, the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and the Faculty of Science. The focus of this research institute is on three interconnected water-related disciplines: Hydrological Sciences: This includes physical, chemical, biogeochemical aspects of hydrology, climatology and hydrogeology Ecology and Biogeochemical Sciences: This includes toxicology, geochemistry, terrestrial and aquatic ecology Public Policy and Management: Issues related to this discipline include policy, economic, governance and legal aspects of water across Canada and internationally. CCRWS also houses researchers of the collaborative groups: Canadian Aquatic Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Boreal Ecosystem Research (CALIBER), and the Ontario Water Consortium (OWC). CALIBER researchers apply a holistic, interdisciplinary, and ecosystem approach based on watersheds, responding to urgent and serious concerns about flows and storage processes and the effects of nutrients and contaminants on boreal freshwater. The OWC is a platform for research, development and demonstration of water technologies in the context of an urbanizing watershed. Their collective facilities in the CCRWS building include labs for hydrology, hydrometerology calibration, aquatic culture and testing, biogeochemistry characterization, molecular biochemistry and imaging, and predictive modelling. The successful candidate will benefit from laboratory and student office spaces reserved for this research chair within the CCRWS building. The Jarislowsky Chair will be also closely aligned with Global Water Futures, a $78M multi-institutional research program awarded to Laurier and its university partners across Canada by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. Global Water Futures is the largest university-led water research program ever funded worldwide and it will deliver solutions to manage water futures in Canada and other regions where climate is changing landscapes, ecosystems and aquatic environments.