Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Climate and/or Ocean History

The History Department and School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria invite applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 2 (early career) in Climate and/or Ocean History. For this CRC Tier 2 position, all geographical and temporal specializations will be considered.  This CRC recruitment is part of a broad strategy to expand and raise the profile of research in climate change and environmental sustainability. The successful applicant will be nominated by the University for a CRC Tier 2 and, upon approval by the CRC Secretariat, will then be offered a position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, eligible for tenure. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2021.

The University of Victoria is an international leader in climate and ocean research, hosting Ocean Networks Canada, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, the Water and Climate Impacts Research Centre, the Human Dimensions of Climate Change undergraduate minor, as well as dozens of faculty who specialize in oceans and climate research.  This position will be cross-appointed between the Department of History and the interdisciplinary School of Environmental Studies.  

The successful candidate will bring a significant and innovative program of research and graduate supervision in the area of climate and/or ocean history and a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinarity and collaborative research. They will teach courses on Environmental and Climate/Ocean history cross-listed between History and Environmental Studies, and supervise graduate students in both units. In addition, the holder of this chair will play a leading role in framing research initiatives and collaborative grant applications connecting the environmental humanities to related research in the sciences and social sciences.  

Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria. The successful candidate will have a PhD; will be an emerging world-class researcher in the field of Climate and/or Ocean History who demonstrates particular research creativity; will have a commitment to interdisciplinarity and collaborative research; and will be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality with the potential to achieve international recognition. The successful candidate will offer evidence of high-quality teaching and supervision, including support of diversity and inclusiveness.

Tier 2 CRC Chairs are one of Canada’s premier early career recognition and recruitment programs and are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active

researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. For more information on the CRC program generally and on eligibility specifically, please consult the Canada Research Chairs website.

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.

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Candidates should submit: a cover letter describing how their work meets the advertised criteria and will complement the existing strengths of the two units; CV; up to 4-page statement of current and future research; 2-page statement on teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and their track record of supporting diversity and inclusiveness in teaching and research; and contact information for three referees, all in a single pdf file, to John Lutz, Chair of the Search Committee, at The deadline for applications is February 17, 2020.   The successful candidate will apply to the CRC competition with departmental support in September 2020.

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