Research Chairs

Position Title: Canada 150 Research Chair in Theoretical Biophysics of Membrane Proteins

College: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences

Deadline: Considertion will begin July 31, 2017

Position Description:

The Department of Physics at the University of Guelph invites applications from exceptional, internationally-based candidates for a Canada 150 Research Chair in Theoretical Biophysics of Membrane Proteins. The Canada 150 Research Chairs program ( was created to attract outstanding internationally-based scholars and researchers, including expatriate Canadians, wishing to relocate to Canada. The selected applicant will be subject to review and final approval by the external federal Multidisciplinary Review Panel and the Tri-Agency Steering Committee. If successful in obtaining a Canada 150 Research Chair, the candidate will be given a full-time tenure-track or tenured position at the Associate or Full Professor level beginning January 1 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter (within 1 year). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, researchers already holding positions in Canada are not eligible.

The new hire will complement and reinforce the University of Guelph’s strong research program in biophysics of membrane proteins. The successful candidate is expected to pursue a vigorous, externally-funded research program in theoretical/computational biophysics of membrane proteins. Experience in structural bioinformatics and QM/MM approaches is considered to be an asset. The Department of Physics offers a dynamic and interactive environment, with a commitment to research excellence. The Department currently has 19 faculty members and offers strong undergraduate and graduate programs to the Ph.D. level. The graduate and research programs are enhanced by participation in the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute (GWPI) and the Biophysics Interdepartmental Group (BIG). Experimental and theoretical research areas include astrophysics and gravitation, biophysics and medical physics, condensed matter physics and material nanoscience, physics education research, planetary surface exploration, and subatomic physics. Guelph faculty members collaborate at many off-campus research facilities, including the Canadian Light Source, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and TRIUMF. Additional information about the Department is available at

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in physics, biophysics, physical chemistry or a closely related field, as well as postdoctoral experience, and will have demonstrated strength in independent research. The latter will be supported by a proven track record in obtaining research funding, graduate supervision, and high-quality peer-reviewed publications. The candidate will also have proven ability or demonstrated potential for teaching and will take part in the Department’s teaching programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae with publications list, a statement of research interests, a description of your vision for the C150 program, and names and addresses of three professional references (conforming to the criteria specified by the C150 program) to:

Prof. Martin Williams, Acting Chair
Department of Physics
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1

Consideration of applications will begin on July 31st, 2017.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and that these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

The University of Guelph acknowledges the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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