Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Sea Ice Modeling

University of Manitoba
Winnipeg (City), Manitoba
Apr 12, 2018
May 12, 2018
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Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Sea Ice Modeling
University of Manitoba
Centre for Earth Observation Science, Dept. of Environment and Geography
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
Position #: 25130
Application deadline: May 15, 2018

The University of Manitoba invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 2, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor, in the area of sea ice modeling.

The Government of Canada has established the CRC program to enable Canadian universities to foster world-class research excellence. The proposed CRCs align with the University's strategic research plan that identifies Arctic System Science as a targeted area.

The successful candidate will become a member of the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS; With more than 135 researchers, students and staff, including one Canada Excellence Research Chair and two existing CRCs (both Tier 1), CEOS is one of the most influential Arctic marine research groups in the world. CEOS’ research is supported by a purpose-built Nellie Cournoyea Arctic Research Facility; laboratories for environmental and material sciences and applied electromagnetics; the Sea-ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF); the Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO); a new costal research vessel RV William Kennedy; the CCGS Amundsen icebreaker; and numerous field stations across the Arctic. The Arctic Science Partnership ( between CEOS, the Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University (Denmark), and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources provides added opportunity for networking. The Riddell Faculty is the institution’s hub for environmental and Earth System Science research and teaching, focusing on identifying and understanding processes, managing resources and assessing implications for ecosystems and human societies.


The successful candidate will be expected to develop a rigorous, independently funded research program, and play a major role in various large-scale collaborative Arctic marine programs at the University of Manitoba.

The Chair will have a reduced teaching and administrative load, but is expected to contribute to undergraduate and or graduate teaching in the area of Arctic System Science.


The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. and proven success in a highly productive track record of academic output, and a record of mentorship of undergraduate, graduate and/or postdoctoral level trainees. Outstanding applicants with internationally recognized expertise in the broad fields of regional or global ocean-sea ice-atmosphere (OSA) modeling may apply. The candidate may have experience/expertise with model development but in particular should have experience with the application of sea ice models in climate studies of OSA related processes. Model experience can be with coupled ocean-sea ice models forced with a prescribed atmosphere or it can be a fully OSA coupled model. Candidates with expertise in coupled hydrological-marine modeling and glacier-marine modeling are also encouraged to apply.

The selected candidate must compete successfully for the Tier 2 Chair award that supports the position. Applicants must be exceptional emerging scholars with less than 10 years of experience as an active researcher since obtaining their terminal degree at the time of nomination. Tier 2 Chairs are valued at $100,000 per year for 5 years with an option to renew once.  Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave) will have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Chairs are awarded by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat. The appointment will be conditional on a successful Canada Research Chair nomination. Please contact the UM’s strategic research initiative office for more information ( The Canada Research Chairs website also provides full program information including details on eligibility criteria at:

Additional Information:

The University is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. International applicants are encouraged to apply, however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Manitoba, founded more than 140 years ago, is located in Winnipeg, and is the region’s largest research-intensive university. The university community is comprised of close to 30,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and over 140,000 alumni. A vibrant, prairie city with a population exceeding 700,000, Winnipeg boasts world-class arts and entertainment, professional sports teams and an affordable, balanced lifestyle. For more information visit:

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that application materials may be provided to participating members of the search process.

Applications will start to be considered on May 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. It is anticipated the position will begin on May 15, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants should forward a cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae (including HQP training), statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests and a brief five-year research plan, examples of significant research contributions (e.g. three peer-reviewed publications), and the names and contact information of three potential referees to:

Dr. David G. Barber
Search Committee Chair
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Please refer to position #25130 in the subject heading.