University of Victoria, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Position Title: Canada Excellence Research Chair - Opportunity in Neutrino Astronomy
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2Y2, Canada [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics / Neutrino physics, Particle Physics
Neutrinos / Neutrinos
Astrophysics / particle astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2022/05/09 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/03/18, finished 2022/11/12)
Position Description:    

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Canada Excellence Research Chair - Opportunity in Neutrino Astronomy

The University of Victoria (UVic) is currently accepting applications to the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) program. The CERC program aims to recruit the best global talent to Canada and support the next generation of leaders in order to be at the leading edge of breakthroughs in science, technology & innovation priority areas expected to generate social and economic benefits for Canadians. CERCs are one of the largest and most prestigious awards available globally, providing the world’s top researchers and their teams with up to $8 million over eight years to support their research programs. The successful applicants will be nominated by the University for a CERC position and, upon approval by the CERC program’s selection committee, will then be offered a position at the rank of Professor with tenure. Successful nominees would commence their appointments by spring 2023 at the earliest, and by spring 2024 at the latest.

UVic is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

UVic acknowledges and respects the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory UVic stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. We are privileged to do our work in a way that is inspired and influenced by their history, customs, and culture and are committed to the ongoing work of decolonizing and indigenizing the campus community.

UVic specifically invites outstanding established scholars with a strong record of research in the field of neutrino astronomy to submit expressions of interest to be nominated for the CERC program. UVic wishes to explore the opportunities for pursuing research in neutrino astronomy using the infrastructure of Ocean Networks Canada, a globally recognized research facility and an initiative of the University of Victoria. The successful applicant will have well-defined plans for future experimental research in neutrino astronomy that utilize local resources, focused on the use of infrastructure supported by Ocean Networks Canada.

UVic’s Department of Physics and Astronomy ( is a diverse research-intensive unit that is dedicated to providing outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs and fosters a collegial and collaborative environment. The Department’s particle physics group, consisting of nine faculty members and two Institute of Particle Physics (IPP) Research Scientists, benefits from close links with the TRIUMF Laboratory and its staff; collectively they comprise the Victoria Subatomic Physics and Accelerator Research Centre (VISPA), which maintains leading research programs in physics at the energy frontier, precision experiments at e+e- B-factories, accelerator-based neutrino physics, and theoretical particle and astroparticle physics. Experimental particle physics faculty are currently members of the ATLAS, BaBar, Belle II, and Hyper-K collaborations. For more information about the research programs within VISPA, see The Department’s vibrant astronomy group, consisting of seven faculty members, benefits from close relations with the nearby National Research Council Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre and its staff, telescopes and instrumentation, and also has full access to all Canadian facilities. The Astronomy Research Centre (ARC) at the University of Victoria draws membership from the departmental Astronomy group, scientists at NRC Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics, and at the TRIUMF laboratory. For more information on the research programs within ARC, see

The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) monitors the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic to continuously deliver data in real-time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about our future. Using cabled observatories, remote control systems and interactive sensors, and big data management ONC enables evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection. For more information about ONC, see

Applicants should be top-tier researchers whose accomplishments have made a major societal impact and who are acknowledged as world leaders in their fields. The candidate will be proposing an original, innovative research program of the highest quality that will advance the frontiers of research in the field on a global scale and impact Canadians and others around the world, through the commercialization, knowledge translation and mobilization the research generates. The candidate will offer evidence of high-quality teaching, supervision, and mentorship, supporting diverse teams and establishing an equitable and inclusive research environment. Applicants must be full professors (or associate professors who are expected to be promoted to the full professor level within one to two years). There is no restriction with regard to nationality or country of residence. Current UVic faculty members are not eligible to apply. For more information on the CERC program generally and on eligibility specifically, please consult the Canada Excellence Research Chairs website.

 To be considered, applicants should send an expression of interest to, including the following:
  • A cover letter, including a description of current and future research interests in the area described above;
  • A CV, including details of research and teaching, scholarly output (for example, high impact publications, as well as any non-traditional research outputs (datasets, software, creative arts)), grants, collaborations/partnerships, impact measures (such as influence on policy and practice, and community engagement), personal honours/awards, and leadership experience;
  • A one-page (maximum) statement that describes the applicant’s experience with attracting and mentoring a diverse group of students, trainees and research personnel, and establishing an equitable and inclusive research environment, as well as a plan for establishing and maintaining a diverse core team and an inclusive research environment.
  • A five-page (maximum) statement that includes:
    o An overview of the applicant’s research proposal.
    o How the proposed research embeds Equity, Diversity and Inclusion considerations at each stage of the research process. o Alignment of the research proposal with UVic’s existing or emerging areas of research strength, and potential of collaboration with researchers at UVic and our research environment.
    o Contribution and fit of the program to the research ecosystem in Canada and internationally.
    o Social and economic benefits for Canada that will result from the research program. ·
    Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide the names of three references.
In order to be considered, submission of complete application packages is encouraged by Monday April 11th, 2022, however the applications will be accepted until (insert 6 week date). Review committees will begin the shortlisting process 4 weeks into the advertisement period. Questions about this position may be directed to the Chair of Physics and Astronomy, Dr. Adam Ritz, at Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to

This position is contingent upon the applicant receiving a Canada Excellence Research Chair. The position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS). Interested applicants are invited to review the full program details:

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here:

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

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The University of Victoria requires all students, staff and faculty coming to campus to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status. Declaration is confidential and will be securely stored. New employees will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to beginning employment at the University of Victoria.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2