2 Canada Research Chair in the area of seafloor processes and properties

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memorial universityThe 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.

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