Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Assistant professor Arctic Ice & Marine System Science, University of Manitoba, Canada

Application deadline: 24 May 2019

The University of Manitoba invites applications for a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 2, a tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor in the broad natural science fields of Arctic marine system science.

The Government of Canada has established the CRC program to enable Canadian universities to foster world class research excellence. The proposed CRC aligns with the University's strategic research plan that identifies Arctic System Science and Climate Change as a targeted area.

The successful candidates will become a member of the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS; in the Department of Environment and Geography, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources. CEOS is a focal point of Arctic System Science and Climate Change, an established 'Signature Area' of research excellence at the University of Manitoba ( With more than 150 researchers, students and staff, including a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) Laureate, a new Canada Excellence Research Chair, a Senior Canada-150 Chair and two existing Canada Research Chairs (CRC) both Tier 1, CEOS is one of the largest and most influential Arctic marine research groups in the world. CEOS' research is supported by the purpose-built Nellie Cournoyea Arctic Research Facility; laboratories for Earth, environmental and material sciences, and applied electromagnetics; the Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility; the Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO); CCGS Amundsen icebreaker; a new coastal research vessel the MV William Kennedy; and numerous field stations across the Arctic. The Arctic Science Partnership ( provides added opportunity for international networking.


The position will have a significant proportion allocated to research in any one of the broad areas of Arctic Marine and Climate Science in the specific subdiscipline of the candidate's specialization. The candidate will also be expected to teach one undergraduate and one graduate course in their area of research. Service will also be required both within the University and through various professional and public organizations linked to the candidate's area of expertise.

The successful candidate will be expected to play a major role in the various Arctic System Science projects led by CEOS at the University of Manitoba, including major new projects focused on freshwater-marine coupling with freshwater sources from glaciers and continental runoff, ocean acidification and carbon exchange processes, physical, biological and chemical oceanography, Arctic-midlatitude teleconnections, and climate change.


The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. and proven success in leading an independently organized and externally funded program in Arctic marine science. Experience in teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and research associates is required. Demonstrated teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels will be an asset. Outstanding applicants with internationally recognized expertise in the broad fields of Arctic System Science, ice sheet modelling, ocean modelling, glacier-marine coupling, paleoclimate reconstructions, meteorology, climatology, teleconnection science, terrestrial-marine coupling, Arctic physical, biological or chemical oceanography, carbon fluxes, remote sensing, etc., are encouraged to apply.

Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A Tier 2 CRC Nomination will be submitted soon after a successful candidate has been selected. Chairs are awarded by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat after a rigorous evaluation, and award decisions are expected within six months of the CRC T2 submission. The appointment will be conditional on a successful Canada Research Chair nomination.

Applicants must be exceptional emerging scholars with less than 10 years of experience as an active researcher since obtaining their terminal degree at the time of nomination. Tier 2 Chairs are valued at $100,000 per year for 5 years with an option to renew once. 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.) will have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program's Tier 2 justification process. Please contact the UM's Office of Research Services ( office for more information (

The University acknowledges the potential impact that Career Interruptions and Personal Circumstances can have on an applicant's record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain the impact of any such interruption(s) in their submission. Measures will be taken to ensure that these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the evaluation process. The CRC Nomination Selection Committee will receive equity training that includes instruction on how to recognize and combat unconscious, implicit, overt, prejudicial and other kinds of bias. The Canada Research Chairs website also provides full program information including details on eligibility criteria at:

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Monday 6 May 2019