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Competition Number: 

Canada Research Chairs Competition Number 19-01 


(This position is now closed)


Appointment Type: Regular Full-time (up to 75% teaching release)

Competition No. 19-01

Posting Date: 04 January 2019 

Posting End Date: 07 February 2019

Start Date: Spring 2020 (anticipated, subject to funding approval)

Posting Publicly Archived Until: 04 February 2022


Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) invites applications from all eligible faculty for nomination as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC). 

Tier 2 CRCs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have less than 10 years of experience as an active researcher in their field at the time of nomination). Tier 2 CRCs are acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to demonstrate world-class leadership. Please consult the CRC website for full information, including further details on nomination criteria.

KPU will be proposing two Tier 2 nominees to the CRC program for the April 2019 deadline. KPU is undertaking this open, transparent and equitable recruitment and nomination process to identify these nominees from current faculty.

KPU endeavors to provide learning and working environments that are inclusive and which are supportive of fair and equitable treatment of all members within its diverse community, no matter their social identity, meaning the various attributes or characteristics with which one strongly identifies and views as integral to their identity. This commitment requires the removal of unnecessary barriers to greater diversity within KPU and requires measures to support and promote inclusiveness, diversity and equity across the University.

KPU particularly encourages applications from members of underrepresented designated groups - women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities.

Nomination Process

Applications will be reviewed by an Interdisciplinary Nomination Committee on a rolling basis. All submitted applications will be assessed using the selection criteria for a Tier 2 CRC. Select applicants may also be invited to make a presentation or interview to provide more information regarding their application.

KPU recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., maternity leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

Following recommendation from the Nomination Committee, two shortlisted applicants will receive further assistance to prepare a complete nomination package for submission to the CRC Program for the April 2019 deadline.

If their nomination is successful, the CRC(s) will be released (up to 75%) from teaching duties to focus on developing and implementing their proposed research program.


The CRC program expects Tier 2 nominees to be within 10 years of having received their highest degree in their discipline; be excellent emerging researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity; have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years; be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality; and, as a chair holder, have the potential to attract excellent students and future researchers as well as research funding.

Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please contact Catherine Parlee ( at the Office of Research and Research Services for more information.

Applicants must demonstrate how their proposed research program fits with KPU’s Strategic Research Plan, and the importance of the proposed chair to the attainment of the university’s objectives.

To Apply

To apply, please e-mail quoting the competition number from this posting. Please attach the following documents:

(a) an executive summary, stating the explicit objectives of your proposed research program, in 100 words or less;

(b) curriculum vitae (CV);

(c) description of your proposed research program, in no more than six pages;

(d) list of references, no more than one page; and

(e) a one-page statement describing the fit of the proposed chair with the KPU’s Strategic Research Plan;

When preparing your application materials, where possible, please avoid using jargon, acronyms, and highly technical terms. Please describe your proposed research to allow for informed assessment by committee members who may not have direct expertise in your area.

Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on February 7, 2019.


Under human rights legislation, KPU has a duty to reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities, providing the accommodation does not create undue hardship to the University. More information on KPU’s Accommodations Policy for Employees can be found online. For any request for accommodations, please contact Alex Alva Dimas at  

Additional Information

For the complete nomination process and CRC eligibility requirements, applicants should review the CRC website, including further details on nomination criteria.

For help formatting your CV, please consult the from the CRC program portal.

For help developing your research plan, please consult the CRC, specifically instructions for Description of the Proposed Research Program at page 11.

"Update (January 18, 2019): For greater clarity, this is an internal competition only.  Researchers in all fields can apply."

" The Tier 2 nominations can be associated to any of the Tri-agencies"

The University welcomes and encourages applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. If you require an accommodation through our hiring process, please include your request in the application email.
We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 
Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.