Research chairs

Research chairs at UVic

Research Chairs are world-class faculty whose positions are supported by targeted funding from a funding agency or benefactor.

Research Chair positions are used to attract and retain the best research talent from around the world. Research Chairholders advance the frontiers of knowledge in their fields through their research and teaching.

The Canada Research Chairs program helps universities to attract and retain the best talent from around the world, assisting universities like the University of Victoria to achieve research excellence in natural sciences and engineering, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

Chairholders advance the frontiers of knowledge in their fields, not only through their own work, but also by teaching and supervising students and coordinating the work of other researchers.

The University of Victoria was recognized in 2012 with the inaugural Canada Research Chair Equity Recognition for its exemplary practices in recruiting Canada Research Chairs and exceeding its equity targets for chairholder representation from among women, visible minorities and Aboriginal Peoples. In 2015, UVic was recognized again for its exemplary practices.

UVic currently holds 38 Canada Research Chairs:

Name

Tier

Chair title

Granting council

Research discipline

Bradley Anholt

1

Experimental and Applied Community Ecology

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Evolution and Ecology

Gautam Awatramani

2

Synaptic Physiology

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Neuroscience

Magdalena Bazalova 2 Medical Physics Natural Sciences and Engineering Physics
Neilesh Bose 2 Global and Comparative History Social Sciences and Humanities History

Martin Boulanger

2

Molecular Interactions and Structural Biology

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Biochemistry

John Borrows

Indigenous Law

Social Sciences and Humanities

Law

Caroline Cameron

2

Molecular Pathogenesis

Health

Microbiology

Margaret Cameron

2

Aristotelian Philosophy

Social Sciences and Humanities

Philosophy

Ravee Chittoor 2 Global Economy Social Sciences and Humanities Management, Business, Administrative Studies

Thomas Darcie

1

Optical Systems for Communications, Imaging and Sensing

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Nedjib Djilali

1

Energy Systems Design and Computational Modelling

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Sadik Dost

1

Semiconductor Crystal Growth

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Reuven Gordon

2

Nanoplasmonics

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Aaron T.A. Gulliver

1

Advanced Wireless Communications

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Roberta Hamme

2

Ocean Carbon Dynamics 

Natural Sciences and Engineering 

Oceanography

Fraser Hof

2

Supramolecular and Medicinal Chemistry

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Organic Chemistry

Clay Holroyd

2

Cognitive Neuroscience

Health

Psychology in SSH

Ben F. Koop

1

Genomics and Molecular Biology

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Genetics

Arthur W. Kroker

1

Technology, Culture and Theory

Social Sciences and Humanities

Political Science

Farouk Nathoo

2

Biostatistics for Spatial and High-Dimensional Data

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Statistics and Probability 

Aleck Ostry

2

Social determinants of community health

Social Sciences and Humanities

Population Health - General

Ian F. Putnam

1

Operator Algebras and Dynamical Systems

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Pure Mathematics

Margaret-Anne Storey 

1

Visualization for Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Information Technology

Afzal Suleman

1

 Computational and Experimental Mechanics

Natural Sciences and Engineering 

Mechanical Engineering

Verena Tunnicliffe

1

Deep Ocean Research

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Oceanography

George Tzanetakis

 2

Computer Analysis of Audio and Music

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Information Technology

Karen Urbanoski 2 Substance Use, Addictions, and Health Services Research Canadian Institute of Health Research Mental and Behavioural Disorders

G. Cornelis "Case" Van Kooten

1

Environmental Studies and Climate

Social Sciences and Humanities

Economics

Stephanie Willerth

2

Biomedical Engineering

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Jeremy Wulff

2

Bioactive Small Molecule Synthesis

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Organic Chemistry

SEARCH IN PROGRESS 2 Natural Sciences and Engineering Seismology
SEARCH IN PROGRESS 2 Natural Sciences and Engineering Bioinformatics
SEARCH IN PROGRESS 2 Natural Sciences and Engineering Chemistry
VACANT 1 Social Sciences and Humanities
VACANT 1 Social Sciences and Humanities
VACANT 2 Canadian Institute of Health Research
VACANT 2 Natural Sciences and Engineering

VACANT

2

Social Sciences and Humanities

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awards funding for a number of different research chairs. Current NSERC research chairs at UVic include:

Endowed academic positions are established through the generosity of benefactors who understand the need to support research excellence while providing programs and special initiatives that promote enlightened inquiry and discourse with students.

Endowed positions attract distinguished scholars of international calibre and bring distinction to the individual holding the chair, the university and the benefactor.

Learn how you can support UVic’s research mission through an endowed position.