SSHRC Canada Research Chair Tier 2 – Economic and Business Approaches to Low-Carbon Transitions, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

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The Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (salary range $85,000 to $125,000 per annum) with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2018. The successful applicant must have a PhD and be eligible for nomination as a SSHRC Canada Research Chair Tier 2 on the following theme: economic and business approaches to low-carbon transitions.

We seek an energetic and dynamic scholar with demonstrated potential for leadership and international recognition in the study of economic and business approaches to identifying and implementing solutions for transitioning towards low-carbon development and economic pathways. Applicants with expertise relating to societal transitions to a low-carbon economy will be considered, with preference being given to candidates with research backgrounds in environmental or ecological economics, sustainable finance, sustainable business and management practices in established or developing economies or entrepreneurship and innovation systems in support of sustainability. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research and teaching interests complement and connect with the current strengths in sustainability management and international development in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development or another academic unit in the Faculty of Environment. A demonstrated ability to forge and sustain fruitful partnerships with scholars from a variety of disciplines is considered an asset.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a regular member of the School and will be subsequently nominated for a Tier II Canada Research Chair. Canada Research Chairs are typically granted a reduced teaching load to facilitate leadership in research. Nominations for Canada Research Chairs (CRC) are subject to review by the University of Waterloo and the CRC Secretariat, and appointment as a CRC is conditional on their approval (see the CRC terms of reference). The University of Waterloo is committed to providing the candidate with the support required to successfully secure the CRC.

The successful candidate will have obtained a PhD or equivalent within ten years of nomination to the CRC position and will be an outstanding emerging scholar with a demonstrated potential to achieve a significant international reputation in the next five to ten years. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc. may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process which can be found at: The University of Waterloo understands the impact that legitimate career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and encourages potential candidates to explain in their application the impact this may have on their record. Please consult the CRC website and the Office of Research for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

The University of Waterloo is located in the Region of Waterloo: a mid-sized and rapidly growing area about an hour’s drive west of Toronto’s Pearson Airport. The Faculty of Environment is a world leader in interdisciplinary research and teaching on the environment and sustainability. The Faculty is the home of five academic units: Department of Geography and Environmental Management; Department of Knowledge Integration; School of Environment, Enterprise and Development; School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, and School of Planning. The Faculty is a dynamic and vibrant academic environment with more than 85 faculty members, 45 staff, 2300 undergraduate students and 560 graduate students.

Potential candidates should have an established record of excellence in research and must be able to demonstrate a strong interest and ability in communicating to undergraduate and graduate students and to wider audiences, plus a keenness to mentor students effectively. Candidates are invited to submit an application including:
• an updated and complete curriculum vitae.
• a letter of interest (maximum 6 pages) outlining:
i. their qualifications for a successful Chair application;
ii. the fit of their profile and expertise in the identified research areas;
iii. the vision and future research program for the Chair;
iv. novel opportunities for training highly qualified personnel;
v. the potential for the Chair to enhance the scholarly leadership and innovation capacity of the Faculty and University in strategic areas.
• the names and contact information of three referees. [References will only be requested for applicants invited for an interview.]

Closing date for receipt of applications is June 1st, 2017, and the application package should be addressed to:
Professor Jean Andrey
Dean, Faculty of Environment
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada, N2L 3G1

or may be submitted electronically to

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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