Faculty Position in Earth and Environmental Accelerator Mass Spectrometry

University of Ottawa


The Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the broad area of Earth and Environmental Accelerator Mass Spectrometry. This open, tenure-track competition seeks an innovative and creative scientist with experience in the development of AMS methods and applications to answer broad research questions in the Earth and Environmental Sciences. Research expertise in AMS measurement of actinides/fission products, radiocarbon, radiohalides and/or cosmogenic radionuclides are particularly welcome. The successful candidate will join the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the management team at the André E. Lalonde Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory (AEL-AMS). The AEL-AMS lab is Canada's national centre for environmental radioisotope analysis and is hosted by the University of Ottawa in the state-of-the-art Advanced Research Complex (ARC). The AEL-AMS laboratory operates a 3MeV HVE tandem AMS system and has an extensive array of sample preparation facilities. The successful candidate will be expected to take full advantage of new cutting-edge infrastructure at the AEL-AMS lab; including a recently installed Isobar Separator for Anions (ISA) and a Mini Carbon Dating 14C AMS system (MICADAS) with a hybrid gas ion source, to be installed in early 2021. Also available in the ARC are two core facilities: The Geochemistry Lab with a full suite of Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) instruments and the renowned Ján Veizer Stable Isotope Laboratory. The successful candidate will bring to the AEL-AMS Laboratory a cutting-edge research program and expertise in Earth and Environmental AMS applications and advanced AMS technologies. A solid understanding of AMS technology, data and sample preparation is preferred.

Title of the position: Appointment up to Full Professor rank will be considered. Academic rank will be assessed commensurate with experience.

Duties: The responsibilities include: 1) maintaining a robust, externally funded research program; 2) supervision of graduate and undergraduate student thesis projects in the department; 3) teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that contribute to the bilingual (English-French) Earth and Environmental Sciences curriculum; and 4) performing an active role within the department by contributing to administrative and academic activities of the AMS lab, department and faculty. The anticipated start date of the position is September 1, 2020.

Terms: Tenure-track position.

Salary: The salary scale for Assistant Professors starts at $86,986 (as of May, 2020).

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete compensation package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan, optional life insurance and paid leaves (including maternity, parental and academic leaves: https://hrdocrh.uottawa.ca/info/en-ca/apuo/leaves.html).

Location of work:  Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Ottawa, Advanced Research Complex, 25 Templeton St., Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5.

Contact information: Dr. David Schneider, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Advanced Research Complex, 25 Templeton St., Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, estchair@uottawa.ca

Required Qualifications:

PhD or equivalent in Earth, Ocean or Atmospheric Science, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics or other AMS-related discipline. A demonstrated excellent research track record in AMS-related disciplines and proof of interdisciplinary collaborations, a commitment to teaching and graduate training, and a track record of an externally funded research program. Excellent communication skills in either French or English. Bilingualism in French, and the ability to teach in both languages will be considered a strong asset.

Application deadline: Priority review of applications will begin February 15th, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.


Posting no.: 20001-SCI

Interested candidates should submit a package including:

  • 1-page cover letter.
  • 2-3-page statement of research interests which include experience and objectives in use of AMS and the range of geoscience facilities in the Advanced Research Complex.
  • 1-page statement of the candidate's teaching philosophy and approach in the Earth Sciences.
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • The names and contact details of three professional references.


The application package should be sent by post or email to:

Dr. David Schneider, Chair of Search Committee
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Ottawa
150 Louis-Pasteur Pvt.
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5

email: eespost@uottawa.ca


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