Canada Excellence Research Chair opportunities for Outstanding Researchers and Scholars

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 lakwanan peoples on whose traditional territory UVic stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEC 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 invites outstanding established scholars in the following research areas to submit expressions of interest to be nominated for the CERC program. Details and instructions for applications can be found on the following links:


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.

In order to be considered, application packages must be received by 4pm PST April 28th. Review committees will begin the shortlisting process 4 weeks into the advertisement period. 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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