Research Chair in Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy
Concordia University

Tenure-Track Posting Canada Research Chair Tier II in
Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy

DATE POSTED: October 18, 2021
ADVERTISED UNTIL: Position is filled

Position description

Concordia University seeks to appoint a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II, a researchintensive
tenure-track faculty position, in Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy. The selected
candidate will receive a joint appointment as a full member of both the Department of Physics
and the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, which are units in the Faculty of
Arts and Science, and the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, respectively.
We are seeking candidates with specialization in subfields including but not limited to
experimental and computational research in nanomaterials and nanosystems (their growth,
processing, assembly, measurement, testing, modeling) for applications in energy storage,
renewable energy production, photocatalysis and electrocatalysis. Research at the interface
between the physics and engineering of nanomaterials towards developing sustainable energy
solutions are sought. The selected candidate will be expected to develop a strong independent
research program, supervise several graduate students, secure significant external funding, and
establish collaborations with members of both the Department of Chemical and Materials
Engineering and the Department of Physics, as well as with external partners. The candidate
will be expected to teach in both departments and teaching duties will include courses both at
the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Concordia University is strongly committed to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion
throughout the institution and recognizes the value of achieving inclusive excellence in both
teaching and research contexts. We offer a truly collaborative, multidisciplinary, and diverse
academic environment, including extensive state-of-the-art research facilities in nanomaterials

Qualifications and assets

We are firmly committed to the principle of inclusive excellence. We are looking for candidates
with extensive multidisciplinary research experience in nanomaterials science, physics,
chemical engineering, and related fields. The position is open to candidates with experience in
either experimental and/or computational methods and a demonstrated commitment to
supporting our department's equitable and inclusive learning environments. Qualified
candidates will have a PhD in physics, engineering, or a closely related field, and have relevant
postdoctoral experience. They should have a peer-reviewed publication record showing
creativity, impact, and productivity in their field of research — taking into full consideration
career stage, career breaks and special circumstances. Experience in formal teaching and
student supervision is an asset. A strong track record towards promoting equity, diversity, and
inclusion in science and/or engineering is a substantive asset.

Candidates eligible for Tier II chair positions must be excellent emerging scholars within 10
years of their highest degree at the time of nomination (exclusive of career interruptions).
Potential Tier II candidates who are more than 10 years from their highest degree should take
note that certain career interruptions may still make them eligible for nomination. Potential
candidates are encouraged to submit a formal justification by means of the Tier II Justification
Assessment Form, which will be considered in the review of applications. Please consult the
Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on
eligibility criteria and acceptable justifications to the extension of the eligibility term.
Notwithstanding the above and irrespective of their submission of a formal justification,
candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that
may have had an impact on their career goals (such as the decision to have a family, eldercare,
illness, and so forth) in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the
assessment process.

How to apply

All applications and letters of reference must be submitted electronically (directly) via the site, at: Applications must
consist of: a cover letter (that includes the title and position code 21_C_PHY_CME_O, that
states if the candidate is, or is not, a Canadian permanent resident or citizen, and where the
candidate is encouraged to self-identify — see subsequent paragraph on employment equity
and immigration status for more information); a current curriculum vitae (including a
description of any career interruption(s) and impact(s) thereof); copies of three (3)
representative publications; a five (5) page outline of the proposed research program; a one (1)
page statement describing their experience with and philosophy on diversity and inclusion in
student training and teaching; as well as a brief statement of teaching philosophy/interests (if
available, attach any teaching evaluation). Candidates must also arrange to have three (3)
letters of reference submitted online by their referees themselves.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Chairs of the Departments, respectively
Dr. Valter Zazubovits (, Physics) and Dr. Alex De Visscher
(, CME). Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this
position at the rank of Assistant Professor; appointments at the rank of Associate Professor may
be considered based on previous experience. The expected start date for this position is August
1, 2022, and applications should be received by December 1, 2021, for full consideration.
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate will be
required to work with the departments and the faculties to prepare the formal CRC nomination
according to the CRC program guidelines. The university will submit the nomination to the CRC
Secretariat at the earliest opportunity.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive
community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and
research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative,
and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all
applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and
professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant
for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

• teaching about underrepresented populations
• mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
• committee work
• offering or organizing educational programming
• participation in training and workshops

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in
the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with
hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented
group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the
contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the
recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and ViceProvost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at
514.848.2424 extension 4323.

Information about the Departments

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering (CME) was established in 2017, and its
main objective is to develop sustainable chemical processes and materials for the nextgeneration chemical industry. Batteries, nanomaterials, electrochemical engineering, and
sustainable process engineering are the main strengths of the department.
The Department of Physics has focused its recent hires in two strategic research fields: nano
and quantum materials, and biomedical physics, while maintaining active research groups in
particle physics and education physics. The department is growing and diversifying rapidly
(research and programs) and is already delivering on its aim to grow into a hub for quantitative
multidisciplinary sciences, with deep connections to other science and engineering units across
the university and beyond. Both departments have research laboratories on the same campus
and in very close proximity.

Some of the relevant Concordia University research centres which include multiple members of
both departments are the Centre for Nanoscience Research (CeNSR), Concordia Materials
Characterization Platform (CMCP), and Centre for Research in Molecular Modeling (CERMM).
The Montreal research ecosystem is very rich in possible collaborations in nanomaterials,
engineering and physics, with several major universities and centres.

The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science
The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science is ranked among the top ten
engineering schools in Canada. The School is home to over 10,000 engineering and computer
science students and a faculty complement of 235 faculty members. The School has about
4,500 graduate students enrolled in 35 graduate programs. Its research profile continues to
grow as it fosters multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to a broad range of societal
challenges. Concordia University and the School attract a high quality, diverse student
population in all its programs. For more information on the Gina Cody School of Engineering
and Computer Science, please visit:

The Faculty of Arts and Science

The Faculty of Arts and Science was created in July 1977 through the merger of the former
Loyola Faculty of Arts and Science, the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Arts, and the
former Sir George Williams Faculty of Science.

The Faculty consists of 27 academic departments, colleges, institutes, and schools as well as
more than 20 research centres. The Faculty is committed to responsible and innovative
leadership in developing and disseminating knowledge and values and encouraging
constructive social criticism. We achieve these objectives through inclusive and accessible
academic programs which stress a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning. We are
dedicated to superior teaching and research supported by excellence in scholarship and
creative activity, and a tradition of service to the community. The Faculty serves many
interdependent academic communities in an urban environment where students and faculty
can pursue their shared commitment to lifelong learning. For more about the Faculty of Arts
and Science, please visit:
Concordia University

Profoundly global, Concordia is North America's top university under the age of 50 and is
recognized for attracting some of the most talented faculty and students from around the
world. Driven by ambition, innovation and a commitment to research and community
engagement, Concordia is celebrated for advancing transformative learning, convergent
thinking and public impact.

Concordia's two campuses are located in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, on the traditional lands and
waters of the Kanien'kehá:ka Nation. Building on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of
local and global partnerships, we set our sights further and more broadly than others and align
the quality of learning opportunities to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society.
Researchers at Concordia are leading investigations into some of the world's most critical
issues, such as health, Indigenous futures, sustainability and cities — more important today
than ever. Our priority is to mobilize cross-sections of experts to translate novel scholarship
into real-world applications.

With 118 research chairs, 24 research centres and institutes, and research income of more than
$56 million annually, Concordia is fast advancing on its strategic direction to Double Our
Research. Our nine far-looking directions demonstrate the university's commitment to being
agile and innovative and ensuring student success. Our 6,600 faculty and staff and 50,800
students benefit from state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, technology and
pedagogical support, and compelling program offerings in our four faculties, library, School of
Graduate Studies and Centre for Continuing Education. These modern venues, such as the
Applied Science Hub and modular Learning Square, allow us to foster multidisciplinary

"Concordia is a young, forward-looking university. It's a unique place where experimentation,
innovation and creativity are truly valued. Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni
all contribute to our momentum as Canada's next-gen university." — Concordia President
Graham Carr.


Montreal, our home, is exceptional. It is a truly unique city — safe, clean, vibrant and diverse,
with new things to discover around every corner. With a population of 1.7 million, it is home to
four major universities and several clinical research centres and has been named the best
student city in the world. It offers the most affordable tuition in Canada.
The city enjoys a thriving multicultural scene. Bilingualism is a part of Montreal's tradition and
adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant anglophone population, it is one
of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.

Montreal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals. It was also the first metropolis
to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity.
The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport,
finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming and film.

Territorial acknowledgement

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien'kehá:ka Nation is
recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today.
Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it
is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued
connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and
other peoples within the Montreal community.

Employment Equity

Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to
recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified
candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of
sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification;
candidates are invited to self-identify in their application.

Immigration Status

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents
will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada's reporting requirements, the
University is obliged to gather information about applicants' status as either Permanent
Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of
origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

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