Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor - Chemistry - 3 Positions

College: College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Department: Chemistry

Date Posted: October 17, 2018
Deadline: December 1, 2018
Please reference AD #18-63

Position Description:

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Guelph invites applications from outstanding individuals for THREE tenure-track appointments at the Assistant Professor level. The anticipated start date of the positions is 1 July 2019. The successful applicants will have a Ph.D. and a record of research excellence that is consistent with becoming internationally recognized in the future. They will have the inspiration and pedagogic ability to teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students. The candidates will be expected to develop independent research programs with global impact funded by Canadian and international agencies (i.e. NSERC, CIHR, NIH), and which may lead to industrial collaborations.

The three general fields are (1) Biological Chemistryincluding candidates with interests in toxicology, synthesis, or NMR spectroscopic techniques involving proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, or other biologically significant molecular systems. (2) Theoretical and Computational Chemistry including candidates with interests in the development of theoretical models or computational methods addressing chemical problems. In addition to candidates whose research interests lie in traditional theoretical and computational research fields, those whose research interests include chemical applications of artificial intelligence such as machine learning and other approaches to chemical informatics are encouraged to apply. (3) NMR Methods and Applications including candidates that rely on the use of sophisticated NMR techniques or who may work in the development of novel NMR methods or applications. Research programs with NMR-centric themes that also include synthesis, theory, computation, or spectroscopy development are all encouraged to apply. For this position, we are interested in candidates who will be able to take full advantage of the NMR facilities available in our Advanced Analysis Centre (AAC) and will be able to become a major user and advocate for the centre.

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Engineering and Physical Science at the University of Guelph is an equal partner with the University of Waterloo in the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry, (GWC)2, which attracts top-level graduate students from across the globe. Our academic environment is strongly supportive of innovative research and teaching, and all interviewed applicants will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in both of these essential roles.

The current research activities of the Department are supported by major infrastructure resources of characterization and analytical instrumentation, including the Advanced Analysis Centre (AAC) and the Electrochemical Technology Centre (ETC), and very strong electronic and machine shop support. The NMR facilities within the AAC offers access to seven Bruker NMR spectrometers (300 – 800 MHZ, including 600 MHz DNP bio-solids). They are equipped with over 30 probes. Solution probes available include 600 MHz HCN and 400 MHz HX cryoprobes, diffusion probes (60 A), 1H – 19F probes and an 800 MHz HCN probe. Solids static and MAS (1.3 to 7 mm) probes at 500, 600, and 800 MHz are available in a range of coil configurations (HCND, HCN “E-Free”, HXY, HFXY, HCN HR-MAS), with a low-temperature MAS accessory allowing sample temperatures down to 100 K. Furthermore, the university provides access to state-of-the-art computational facilities through SHARCNET (Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network) which is a partner organization of Compute/Calcul Canada. Start-up funds will be available to acquire a personal computational cluster which can still be maintained by SHARCNET while still allowing access to the vast array of shared facilities.

The University of Guelph is the largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of about 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students across approximately 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

A complete application package will include: (i) a cover letter indicating the position for which you are applying (if you feel you qualify for more than one, please indicate that as well); (ii) a lifetime Curriculum Vitae; (iii) a 3 to 5 page research proposal in NSERC Discovery Program format; and (iv) the names and contact information of three references. Please arrange with your references to send their letters directly to the department using the same addresses as below. Evaluation of application files will begin 1 December 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please send complete applications electronically to chemchr@uoguelph.ca or by mail to:

Professor Paul Rowntree
Chair, Department of Chemistry
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1

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

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we 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.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.