Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Western University



Western University in London, Canada invites candidates to apply for one of several
prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) opportunities. Western
recognizes that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is central to the
University's mandate as a research-intensive institution of higher learning and a
community leader. Western understands that our pursuit of research excellence and our
commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion are mutually supporting.

Launched in 2008, the CERC Program supports Canadian universities in their efforts to
build on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation and
attract world-renowned researchers to Canada. These awards are among the most
prestigious and generous available globally.

The CERC nomination is a two stage process where applicants first apply to the job
posting at the institution; the successful applicant(s) will then work with the institution to
submit an application to the program. Western Research will provide support to the
successful nominees for application development including budget development and
proposal development, review, and editing. Following a rigorous and highly competitive
selection process, the CERC program awards successful researchers and their teams
either $8 million or $4 million over eight years to establish ambitious research programs
at Canadian universities. The two award values recognize the varying costs of research
within different research disciplines and aims to be inclusive of all areas of research.

Research Alignment

It is anticipated that up to 3 candidates will be selected to be nominated for CERC
positions. Western welcomes applications from outstanding established scholars in the
following four areas, with at most one nomination being selected from a given area:

1. Neurovirology and/or Neuroimmunology

While it has been known for some time that a variety of infectious agents can
impact the development and progression of dementia, establishing clear causal
links and developing an understanding of the specific mechanisms involved has
remained elusive. A CERC in Neurovirology and/or Neuroimmunology will
promote synergy between Western's established clusters of excellence in the
areas of cognitive neuroscience, neuro-imaging, and infectious diseases. This
will accelerate research to address the intersecting challenges of cognitive
decline accompanying both aging and infection by viral and bacterial pathogens
that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The outstanding research
excellence in neuroscience, neuroimaging and infection diseases, and world-
leading facilities at Western provides an exceptional and unique opportunity for a
well-established individual to provide leadership in collaborative programs of
cognitive decline accompanying both aging and infection by viral and bacterial
pathogens that will accelerate our international leadership and impact in these
emerging, intersecting challenges.

2. Materials Degradation

The degradation of materials, or their failure to degrade in a controlled and timely
manner, have significant direct and indirect costs. The impacts of materials
degradation can be addressed through an enhanced chemical understanding of
the factors governing these processes and by designing and developing new
materials with optimized degradation profiles for their target applications.
Western is an internationally recognized leader in materials degradation
research. A CERC in Materials degradation will: (i) advance the fundamental
understanding of degradation processes, mechanisms, and driving forces; (ii)
develop new approaches to control and tune degradation (e.g. coatings,
materials selection and design); and/or (iii) investigate environmental, health,
societal, and safety aspects of degradation processes of materials.

3. Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Western is globally recognized as a leader in weather-related hazards and
microclimate level studies through the unique WindEEE Research Institute, the
historical Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, and the Northern Tornado
Project. A CERC in Climate Change and Extreme Weather will be focused on
understanding and projecting historical and future extremes, their driving
mechanisms, and spatial/temporal variability associated with climate and land
cover change. The CERC will build on the strength of weather-related hazard
modeling, micro-climate modeling, wind engineering, and space science at

4. Technology Facilitated Gender-Based and Sexual Violence

Gender-based and sexual violence (GBSV) is pervasive, pernicious, and
extraordinarily costly to individuals, communities, and society. It is also
increasingly facilitated by digital technologies. A CERC in Technology Facilitated
Gender-Based and Sexual Violence will build on Western's institutional strength
and global leadership in this area including the Centre for Research and
Education on Violence against Women and Children (CREVAWC). This CERC
will focus on education in relation to any area of technology facilitated GBSV,
including: eradicating technology facilitated GBSV; the inequitable experiences of
technology facilitated GBSV or access to supportive resources; the technological
mediation of sexual violence and screen culture; using technologies to prevent
GBSV and activate for change; how discourses and policies around technology
facilitated GBSV circulate in media, education, and culture; and/or legal and
school-based responses to technology facilitated GBSV. A successful applicant
will be expected to teach graduate and teacher education courses in the Faculty
of Education.


In accordance with the CERC program, candidates should be top-tier researchers
whose accomplishments have made a major societal impact and who are recognized
internationally as a leader. In cases where the nominee is a Canadian Indigenous (First
Nations, Inuit or M├ętis) researcher based in Canada, the impact can be at the
international level and/or at the community, regional or national level. Candidates must
be full professors or associate professors expected to be promoted to full professor
within one or two years of the nomination. Alternatively, if they come from outside the
academic sector, nominees must possess the qualifications necessary to be appointed
at these levels.

Researchers who hold a full-time academic appointment at a Canadian institution are
eligible to be nominated; however, they may not be nominated by the institution at which
they currently hold their appointment. If an institution nominates a researcher who is
currently at a Canadian institution, the institution must demonstrate the net benefit to the
country in moving the researcher from one Canadian institution to another.

Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent (e.g. MD, DDS, with relevant
professional designation or licensure) in a discipline appropriate to the field of research,
be engaged in a program of research and have a demonstrated record of excellence in
scholarly research and teaching. Assessment of candidates will be based on research
excellence, as reflected in the number and quality of peer-reviewed publications,
previous success securing research support, and other evidence of impact.

Successful candidates will be appointed as a faculty member, to an appropriate
Department, School, or Faculty as early as July 2023. Duties will include research,
teaching and service. The appointment will be conditional upon the successful award of
the CERC to the candidate. Awardees will have up to 12 months to take up the award
after the notice of award and acceptance has been signed by all parties.
Western recognizes the potential impact that legitimate career interruptions can have on
a candidate's record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful
consideration during the assessment process. Potential candidates are encouraged to
explain within their application the impact that career interruptions have had and to
submit a full career or extended CV.

About Western University

With an enviable national reputation and an international profile that ranks among the
top universities world-wide, Western pushes the boundaries of pedagogical and
scholarly excellence while setting a national standard for a student experience that is
second to none. Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities,
with annual research funding in excess of $240 million. Western is a founding member
of Canada's U15, serves as a hub for more than 500 international research
collaborations, and is recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. There are
more than 38,000 students within Western's 12 Faculties and Schools and 3 affiliated
University Colleges. Approximately 4,000 faculty and staff work in partnership to deliver
400+ specializations, majors and minors, as well as innovative modular degree
programs. For more information about Western's strategic priorities, visit the Western
Strategic Plan and Indigenous Strategic Plan and for information on Western's research
areas please visit Western Research.

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee and must include the

1) Completed: the form: Application CERC agencies: Canada Excellence Research
Chair Application
2) Cover letter: include which one of the four areas of Research Alignment you are
applying to.
3) Detailed curriculum vitae
4) A plan identifying the proposed research program, including how you embed
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion principles in your research. (Maximum 5 pages)
5) Highlights of your most significant contributions to your field and how your
contributions connect with your research plan. (Maximum 2 pages)
6) A statement of your teaching and mentoring philosophies, including how you
embed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion principles in teaching and mentoring.
(Maximum 2 pages)
7) The names and email addresses of 3 references.

The application should be submitted as a single PDF file to:

Review of applications will begin on June 13, 2022 and continue until the positions are

Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to
comply with Western's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral
communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified
individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace
and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous
peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation and persons of any
gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to
Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the application
and recruitment process. If you require accommodations, please contact

In your application, please refer to


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