Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo

Position ID:University of Waterloo-Physics and Astronomy-RESEACHCHAIR [#10382]
Position Title: Distinguished Research Chair in Quantum Condensed Matter Physics
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada [map]
Subject Area: Physics / Condensed Matter Physics
Appl Deadline:2018/01/31* finished (posted 2017/11/02, finished 2018/08/05, listed until 2018/01/31)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***



The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo is pleased to advertise a Distinguished Research Chair in Quantum Condensed Matter Physics, co-funded by tech visionary Mike Lazaridis and the University of Waterloo. The Chairholder will be appointed at the rank of Professor with tenure and will eligible for CDN $2M startup funds and research support of CDN $500K per annum for ten years, with opportunities for participation in major new projects supported by the Canadian government. They will have full access to the University’s state of the art facilities for quantum physics and materials science, through the Institute of Quantum Computing ( A wide range of other partnership opportunities are available in the region, known as Canada’s “Quantum Valley.”


The successful applicant will be a globally recognised, pre-eminent scientist engaged in transformative scientific research – either experimental or theoretical. An Associate Faculty appointment at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics ( will also be available, bringing access to additional support and resources.


The Chairholder will be expected to supervise graduate students and to teach at undergraduate and graduate levels. The appointment will be expected to commence on or before January 1, 2019.  More information about the Faculty of Science can be found from


Candidates should submit electronically a cover letter, curriculum vitae, an outline of research accomplishments, a research plan and a statement of their teaching goals. A minimum of three letters of reference will be requested for applicants invited for an interview. The closing date for applications is January 31, 2018.


The salary range for this position is $170,000-$350,000/year, with a salary supplement available through an Associate Faculty position at the Perimeter Institute.


Materials should be addressed to Prof. Brian R. McNamara, Chair, Research Chair Search, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA, N2L 3G1; Tel: (519) 888-4567, Ext. 38170; E-mail:


The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity and is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority in the recruitment process.


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519-888-4567 Ext. 38170
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University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

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