Concordia University’s reputation as one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative
universities has its roots in over 180 years of pursuing academic excellence and
This tradition of individual empowerment, discovery and leadership building was
developed by the university’s founding institutions — Loyola College and Sir George
Williams University — and continues to advance new expressions with local, national
and global relevance.
The vibrancy of the Concordia community mirrors and grows out of its urban and
multicultural environment in the heart of Montreal. This openness to the world and
to new ideas inspires the university to develop an international approach to learning,
research and social responsibility.
FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE
Home to 27 departments, colleges, schools and institutes, the Faculty of Arts and Science
is dedicated to superior teaching and research. It also boasts a strong tradition of service
to the community. The Faculty provides a dynamic learning environment that accents
student-centered learning, flexibility, interdisciplinary thinking and research.
TIER II CRC AND TENURE-TRACK
STRATEGIC HIRE IN SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
The Department of Biology invites applications for two tenure-track positions one of
which will be offered as a Tier II Canada Research Chair.
The ideal candidates will have a PhD in a field relevant to the position and should
show evidence of excellence, originality and productivity in research and potential for
excellent teaching. In addition to a strong record he/she will be expected both to develop
an internationally recognized, externally funded research program and to contribute
expertise to broader team-funded projects. We are seeking outstanding researchers who
will play a pivotal leadership role in cultivating interdisciplinary research and strengthening
Concordia’s position as Canada’s leader in the area of Synthetic Biology. The selected
candidates will also be expected to join the newly- formed Concordia Centre for Applied
Synthetic Biology and contribute to its mission. The preferred candidates will have
experience in one or more of the following areas of Synthetic Biology.
• Genome, cellular, metabolic or biomolecular engineering
• Synthetic genetic regulation, biosensing, spatio-temporal gene regulation, signal processing
The positions target global challenges associated with sustainable applications in human
health including drug discovery, drug target/mechanism identification, and therapeutic
treatments or with applications to the environment, agriculture or bioproduct or
ABOUT THE CRC
The CRC position is directly linked to priority areas in Concordia University’s Strategic
Research Plan (2013-18): vprgs.concordia.ca/programsandpolicies/researchstrategicplan/
The goal of the CRC program is to ensure that Canadian universities achieve the
highest levels of research excellence to become world-class research centres in the
global, knowledge-based economy. Concordia University’s academic culture celebrates
research, creativity, and the transfer of knowledge in many ways that are ideal for today’s
innovation-driven society. The strategic deployment of CRCs is an integral part of
Concordia’s overall plan to promote and develop its research enterprise.
In order to successfully compete for a CRC award, the selected candidate is expected
to have an outstanding and innovative research program, and the ability to attract
excellent graduate students. Tier II CRCs are exceptional emerging researchers who
are at an early phase of their careers (i.e. within 10 years of completing their PhD)
and have demonstrated the promise of a strong research profile and the potential to be
leaders in their field.
Tier II CRCs are awarded for five years and are renewable once. The CRC position
offers an attractive salary, an annual research stipend, reduced teaching loads, and the
opportunity to apply for start-up infrastructure through the Canada Foundation for
Innovation (CFI) Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF).
The successful candidate for the CRC position in Synthetic Biology will, in the first
instance, be offered an unconditional tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant
or Associate Professor, as appropriate. The candidate will be required to work with
the Department and the University 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.
ABOUT THE STRATEGIC TENURE-TRACK POSITION
The successful candidate for the strategic tenure-track hire will receive an attractive
research support and teaching package.
Applications for both the CRC and strategic tenure-track position must consist of a cover
letter, a current curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a statement outlining
academic experience and domains of expertise for academic supervision, a statement
of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements, and evidence of
teaching effectiveness. In addition, candidates who wish to be considered for the CRC
position must include a detailed five-year research plan appropriate to the goals and
objectives of the CRC program with their applications. Applications will be accepted in
electronic form (PDF). Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference, at
least one of which will speak to the candidate’s academic training and skills, sent directly to:
Dr. Patrick Gulick, Chair, Department of Biology
Concordia University, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8
Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling these positions, normally at the rank
of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately
and will continue until the position has been filled. All applications should reach the
department no later than January 31, 2014. All inquiries about the position should be
directed to Dr. Gulick at email@example.com. For additional information, please
visit our website at artsandscience.concordia.ca.
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University, Montreal,
Quebec, Canada, is one of Canada’s major engineering schools, offering a wide array of
exciting programs, courses and cutting-edge research opportunities in a dynamic setting
equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
STRATEGIC HIRING POSITION –
ENGINEERING FOR SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science is seeking excellent tenure-track
candidates at the Assistant or Associate Professor ranks in the area of Engineering
for Synthetic Biology. This successful applicant will become a member of one of the
following departments, depending on his or her background: Electrical and Computer
Engineering, or Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Applicants must possess expertise
and research interests in an area of research and scholarship of benefit to Synthetic
Biology such as, but not limited to:
• genetic signal & information processing devices & systems;
• biological nanotechnology & microsystems;
• miniaturized bio-medical instrumentation;
• hybrid bio-electro-mechanical systems.
Applicants must hold a PhD degree in a relevant engineering discipline. The language
of instruction at Concordia is English; however, knowledge of French is an asset.
Detailed applications should include a CV, teaching and research statements, and names
of three referees, and shall be accepted in electronic form (PDF). The successful
candidate for the strategic tenure-track hire will receive an attractive research support
and teaching package. The selected candidate will also be expected to join the newly
formed Concordia Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology and contribute to its mission.
Applications should be sent no later than January 31, 2014, to Dr. Rama Bhat,
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details on
these positions are available at encs.concordia.ca.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent
residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to Employment
Equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, visible minorities and
persons with disabilities.
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