Position Announcements

Between the Earth and Ocean: Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Seafloor Processes and Properties



The Faculty of Science at Memorial University seeks candidates for a tenure track Tier 2
Canada Research Chair in the area of seafloor processes and properties. Tier 2
chairs “are for exceptional emerging researchers acknowledged by their peers as
having the potential to lead in their field”, and normally restricted to those
within 10 years of completing their PhD.  This position is subject to budgetary approval.

The ideal candidate will have a background in some combination of the disciplines of
Marine Sciences and Engineering. Research interests should address the study of
biological, chemical, geological, and/or physical processes at the seafloor and
in the water column. We seek an individual who can build on existing
institutional research strengths of cold ocean research to develop a vigorous
research program and foster collaborative multidisciplinary research across the
faculties of science and engineering. Scientists with research interests and
backgrounds in this broad scientific area are encouraged to apply. Appointment
will be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Ocean research is one of the focus areas declared in Memorial's
Strategic Plan and excellent opportunities for collaborative research exist
within the University as well as with researchers working in the wider St.
John’s Ocean Science and Technology cluster. 
Memorial’s Faculties of Science and Engineering and Applied Science host
a diversity of researchers
with
a wide range of interests including: causes of climate change determined
from the marine sedimentary record, monitoring environmental change, seismic
imaging in sedimentary basins, determining fundamental controls on benthic
ecology, and studying how sediment is dispersed in these settings. In addition,
there is great potential to establish collaborative projects with researchers
studying the effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems. State of the
art facilities for collection of seafloor datasets and sediment
characterization may be accessed through Memorial University’s Marine
Institute, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Earth
Sciences, Department of Ocean Sciences, and Department of Physics and Physical
Oceanography. World-class research infrastructure is available at the National
Research Council's large-scale tow tank, ice tank and wave basin, as well as
flume tanks at the Marine Institute and seawater flumes and the deep-sea
facility at the Ocean Sciences Centre (see also http://www.mun.ca/research/ocp/creait/).
The Research Chair will therefore be able to interact and collaborate with a
broad base of researchers at the University and in the local community that
have significant interest and expertise in the development of novel
instrumentation for the collection of seafloor and water column data.

Memorial
University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. As the province’s only
university, Memorial plays an integral role in the educational and cultural
life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate
programs to almost 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and
stimulating environment for learning in St. John’s, a very safe, friendly city with
great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range
of outdoor activities.

Details of the
Canada Research Chairs program can be found at www.chairs.gc.ca.

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 30, 2013. Interested
persons should send a statement of research interests, resume, and the names
and addresses of three referees to the Dean of Science (deansci@mun.ca)
. Please use reference number VPA-EASC-2013-001.

All qualified candidates
are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and permanent residents
will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity
and encourages applications from qualified women, men, visible minorities,
aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.