Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering UT-2021-162346-019

Assistant/Associate Professor in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Department

The Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (CCE) Department at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) wishes to hire an indeterminate English essential Faculty member with an expertise in nuclear science and/or nuclear engineering at the rank of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor. The rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will have completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Health Physics, Engineering Physics, or a related discipline at the time of hiring. The preferred start date is 1 November 2022.

All candidates are encouraged to detail their experience in nuclear research, academia, and/or the nuclear industry. Comparable industrial experience will be considered of equal merit.  Candidates are also asked to describe their experience in industry or in managing a scientific facility in their cover letter and curriculum vitae. Their commitment to research should be demonstrated by a record of strong peer-reviewed scientific contributions and the candidates are urged to include/submit examples of up to three refereed publications that are devoted to nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or a closely related field. Post-doctoral research experience, experience in managing a facility, or a track record in the relevant industrial equivalent in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, and/or related field(s) would be an asset. A professional engineering license in Canada, or the eligibility to obtain a license, would be an asset.

The successful candidate should show initiative in the development of an independent research program that can capitalize on the resources of the CCE Department. Utilization of the SLOWPOKE-2 nuclear reactor and other experience in associated nuclear laboratory facilities or industry would be an asset. Candidates must submit a research portfolio, including a 5-to-10-year research program plan, an undergraduate/graduate student supervision plan, and a statement on their management capabilities. Additionally, a research program that includes collaboration with CCE Departmental Faculty, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Department of National Defence (DND), industrial contacts, and/or other external contacts would be an asset.

The successful candidate is expected to teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels within the CCE Department. As part of their teaching portfolio submission, candidates shall provide a description of their teaching and training objectives, and demonstrate their commitment to excellence in teaching pedagogy. Teaching experience in academia and/or industry will be recognised. An undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Engineering Physics, or a closely related discipline would be an asset. Recent teaching experience at the university-level would be an asset.

The successful candidate is required to make contributions through service to the CCE Department, the Faculty, the University, and the broader community. The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a university environment is essential. Conditions of employment will require the successful candidate to obtain a reliability security clearance status, to become a licensed SLOWPOKE-2 reactor operator within three years, and to assume the duties and responsibilities of the SLOWPOKE-2 Facility Manager.

The RMC is Canada’s largest federal university and is a bilingual teaching and research institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the social sciences and humanities, sciences, and engineering to members of the CAF and to civilians. As part of the DND, RMC’s primary mission is to prepare future leaders for the CAF. Whilst some Faculty are active CAF members in uniform, most Faculty members are civilians and have active research programs that are supported by the DND, industrial, and/or national research funding and have research groups with a mixture of civilian and CAF members. The RMC offers competitive salaries and benefits (including health insurance, dental insurance, parental leave, and an exceptional pension plan) with support to new hires with reallocation expenses and start-up funding.

The CCE Department is one of the largest at the RMC and offers a vibrant and cooperative teaching and research environment with both civilian and CAF Faculty. The CCE Department offers B.Sc., B.Eng. (accredited by the CEAB), M.Eng., M.A.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. Degrees. The CCE Department has an active research program with more than 60 researchers and over $6M from industrial, DND, and/or national funding sources. The CCE Department operates an extensive suite of analytical equipment and resources used for both undergraduate teaching and for Faculty research programs; chief amongst these is the SLOWPOKE-2 nuclear reactor with the associated nuclear laboratory facilities and radiation detection/measurement equipment. Further, the CCE Department has a knowledgeable and experienced technical staff that assist in the operation of the CCE Department, undergraduate laboratory activities, and Faculty research programs.

The Royal Military College of Canada and Department of National Defence are committed to the government’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity. Members of Federally designated disadvantaged groups (women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities) are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to a designated group when you apply. Should you require a technical aid or an alternative method of assessment to ensure an equitable assessment of your qualifications, please indicate so in your application.

The Government of Canada has implemented the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, effective October 6th, 2021.  As such, all current and new employees of the federal public service are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site.  This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring.

Interested candidates should submit the following in PDF format by email to sci-prof@rmc-cmr.ca and Melissa.Mastin-Singh@rmc-cmr.ca no later than 31 July 2022.

  • Cover letter (maximum two pages);
  • Recent curriculum vitae;
  • Research portfolio that includes: a description of your area(s) of expertise, proposed research objectives, 5-to-10-year research program plan, undergraduate/graduate student supervision plan, and any additional relevant information (maximum five pages);
  • Teaching portfolio that includes: a description of your teaching and training objectives, a listing of your teaching and/or training experience, and any additional relevant information (maximum five pages);
  • If applicable, university-level teaching evaluations;
  • Samples of peer-reviewed scientific contributions (up to three publications);
  • Proof of university degrees;
  • Proof of citizenship;
  • If applicable, proof of Canadian military service; and
  • Full contact information of three persons able to provide a professional reference.

Please reference the RMC file UT-2021-162346-019 in the email correspondence. Applicants are entitled to participate in this appointment process in the official language of their choice. Should you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Dr. F. Caron at fcaron@rmc-cmr.ca. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview. We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Statement of Merit Criteria

Essential Qualifications (required)

Education:

Graduation with a doctoral degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Health Physics, Engineering Physics, or related discipline.

Official Language Proficiency:

English Essential

Experience:

E1 – Recent significant experience working in research, academia, or industry related to nuclear science and engineering

E2 – Peer-reviewed scientific contributions (or equivalent) devoted to nuclear science / engineering or closely related fields

Abilities:

A1 – Ability to teach at the university level in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Department

A2 – Ability to develop and operate an independently-funded research program

A3 – Ability to communicate effectively in writing

A4 – Ability to communicate effectively orally

Personal Suitability:

PS1         Flexibility

PS2         Effective Interpersonal Relationships

PS3         Dependability

PS4         Judgement

PS5         Initiative

Asset Qualifications

AQ1 – Undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Health Physics, Engineering Physics, or a closely related discipline

AQ2 – Industrial or postdoctoral experience in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or related field

AQ3 –Supervision experience

AQ4 – Managerial experience

AQ5 – Recent teaching experience at University level or equivalent

AQ6 – Future research interests compatible with those of the CCE Department

AQ7 – Research vision that promotes and utilizes the SLOWPOKE-2 nuclear reactor facilities at the RMC.

AQ8 – P.Eng or ability to obtain P.Eng (where applicable)

AQ9 – Knowledge or experience with radiation safety or equivalent

AQ10 – Knowledge or experience working with Regulatory Entities

Organizational needs

Consideration may be given to candidates self-identifying as belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal peoples, Visible Minorities, persons with a disability, and Women.

Condition(s) of Employment

  • Security level: Reliability
  • Become a licensed SLOWPOKE-2 Reactor operator within three years
  • Assume responsibility for the management of the RMC SLOWPOKE-2 Reactor

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