Tenure-Track in Experimental Physical Chemistry – Chemistry

Employer: Saint Mary's University

Closing Date: March 22, 2023

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Job Description:

Date Posted:                          February 9, 2023

Posting Deadline:                 Posted until filled

Department:                          Chemistry

Type of Employment:           Permanent, Full-Time

Group Affiliation:                  SMUFU, Rank of Assistant Professor ($77,598- $99,098 annually)


At Saint Mary’s University, you will be surrounded by a talented and dedicated team of professionals committed to accessibility, diversity, and the provision of a positive and supportive learning environment. We recognize the importance of the contribution and growth of each individual in the University’s success. The Department of Chemistry at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor with a preferred start date of July 1, 2023, in the area of Experimental Physical Chemistry.


The Department of Chemistry offers a nationally accredited Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree program in Chemistry (Major and Honours). Undergraduate students are actively involved in faculty research and graduate students are enrolled in the MSc or PhD in Applied Science Program. Faculty members in the Department have access to advanced instrumentation, including a 300 MHz NMR, various mass spectrometers (including a QTOF HRMS), SEM/EDX, DSC, FT-IR, single crystal X-ray diffractometer, various spectrophotometers, and potentiostats.


What we offer


As a team member at Saint Mary’s, we are proud to offer many benefits. Some of these include:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Defined Contribution Pension plan
  • Vacation
  • Professional development
  • Holiday closure

The Saint Mary’s University Collective Agreement can be viewed here: https://www.smufu.ca/.


Job Information and Responsibilities


The successful Assistant Professor will develop and maintain an innovative, externally funded research program in their field. Responsibilities will include:

  • Teaching and curriculum development in both undergraduate classroom and lab environments, primarily in the areas of physical chemistry, and first year chemistry.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to play an active role in the administrative life of the Department of Chemistry, the Faculty of Science, and the University in general.


Experience and Education Requirements


To be the successful Assistant Professor you will have:

  • Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (or a closely related field) and will normally have postdoctoral or industrial experience.
  • Strong record of research and a plan to establish an independent, externally funded research program.
  • A commitment to excellence in teaching. 
  • A plan to contribute positively to the service of the university.


Application Details


Send complete applications by email to:

Tenure-Track Hiring Committee

Department of Chemistry

Saint Mary’s University

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3 Email: chemistry@smu.ca


Applicants should provide a single pdf file containing the following:

  • Cover letter (including a clear statement of status as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Concise research proposal (NSERC Discovery Grant format, 5 pages for proposal + 2 pages for references, including a section on HQP training and EDI considerations)
  • Teaching dossier including a statement on teaching philosophy, details on experiences training HQP, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • Names and contact information for three individuals able to act as academic referees.
  • Optional: Candidates may also include a statement detailing career interruptions or other special circumstances relevant to their applications (maximum one page).


The Selection Committee will begin considering applications after 12:00pm (Atlantic time) on March 22, 2023. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by the selection committee. No telephone calls please.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Positions are subject to budgetary approval.


At Saint Mary’s University, equity and diversity are integral to excellence and enrich our community. As an institution committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and respect, we welcome applications from women, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity and others who might contribute to the growth and enrichment of our community. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact hr@smu.ca.


About Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s top primary undergraduate universities–known for its international collaborations, leadership in entrepreneurship, and research that benefits local and global communities. Our programs in Arts, Science, Graduate Studies and the Sobey School of Business are among Canada’s best and feature professors who are committed to the success of their students. Saint Mary’s provides our 7,000 students with a place that fosters possibility, excellent research opportunities, and distinguished graduate and professional programs combined with a caring community. Nestled in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast, Saint Mary’s University is marked by iconic buildings, green spaces and fresh ocean air. The Saint Mary’s University community is committed to a prosperous future for the world—a world without limits.


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