Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU)

Jarislowsky Chair in Sustainable Water Futures

Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU)

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University is excited to announce the creation of the endowed Jarislowsky Chair in Sustainable Water Futures (subject to budgetary approval). The Jarislowsky Chair, supported by an endowment fund created as a result of a $2 million donation from the Jarislowsky Foundation and housed in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will direct an innovative research program in chemistry or biochemistry that aligns with sustainability of national and global water and could include the analysis, remediation, and/or toxicology of contaminants. Specifically, the endowment will provide the Jarislowsky Chair with annual funding to support their research program, including personnel and other research costs. The Chair holder will seek further funding from external sources to support their research activities. Individuals with programs of research aligned with the objectives of the Jarislowsky Chair and who are eligible to be appointed at the associate professor or full professor level are encouraged to apply for this five-year appointment, with eligibility for renewal. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020, although this can be negotiated.


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has 19 members (13 faculty members and 6 instructors) with facilities and laboratory spaces fostering diverse collaborations, particularly with the Department of Biology through a joint PhD program. As a member of the Department, the Jarislowsky Chair will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching that aligns with their expertise, and will supervise and mentor graduate students. The Chair will also participate in Departmental committees and other service activities.


A cross-appointment to the Balsillie School of International Affairs will provide the Jarislowsky Chair with a unique opportunity to develop policy related to national and global water and other natural resources.


The Jarislowsky Chair will also be an active member of the Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science (CCRWS); including the Laurier Institute for Water Science.  This multidisciplinary Institute promotes collaboration amongst researchers in Laurier’s Faculty of Arts, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and Faculty of Science.


The Jarislowsky Chair will also be closely aligned with Global Water Futures. This $78M multi-institutional research program delivers solutions to manage water futures in Canada and other regions where climate is changing landscapes, ecosystems and aquatic environments.



The ideal candidate for this position would have demonstrated expertise in water science and be eligible to be appointed at the Associate or Full Professor level in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. They will also have a demonstrated capacity to develop and lead an externally funded, collaborative research program that aligns with the goals of the Jarislowsky Chair. They will have a demonstrated proficiency in teaching, with experience supporting, training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and other research personnel. Potential to support the development of science-based policy is essential.







The application package should include:

(i)        A cover letter;

(ii)      A detailed curriculum vitae with names and contact information (address, telephone, and            email) of at least three references;

(iii)     A research proposal describing long and short-term research objectives, methodologies, feasibility, impacts and significance. The research proposal should also highlight progress to           date;

(iv)      A statement of teaching experience and interests, including a brief outline of a senior            undergraduate course that could be taught based on the applicant’s area of expertise; and

(v)      Past contributions and/or future plans related to science-based policy.


Application Submission

Application files should be compiled into a single PDF document and submitted to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CHpositions@wlu.ca.


Applications will be accepted until April 3rd, 2020.


Wilfrid Laurier University offers competitive benefits and start-up packages; salary will be commensurate with qualifications.


Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are

welcome to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at mireland@wlu.ca. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at equity@wlu.ca


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships, however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:


Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;

No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada


Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to Dr. Anthony J. Clarke, Dean of Science (ajclarke@wlu.ca). Further information on the equity policy can be found here.


Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact hr@wlu.ca.







The Faculty of Science wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.



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