Call for External Core Members & External Node Coordinators

Review of applications continues on a quarterly basis.  Applicants may be invited for external core membership, affiliate membership, and/or external node coordinator status, and may be invited for a University of Waterloo campus visit and/or WICI talk.

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The Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI) invites applications for external members.  WICI is a research and networking organization, housed within the University of Waterloo (UW), which promotes innovative training and application of complex systems tools and theories to address challenges essential to human well-being, including those at the intersection of society, health and environment.

An “external core member” category has been generated within WICI to identify potential leaders of major external nodes. Administrative leaders of these nodes will be designated “external node coordinators,” and would also become external core members of WICI. 

Definitions and Application Instructions:

External core member:  Regular, research, or adjunct Canadian university faculty, outside the University of Waterloo, who lead a long-horizon complex systems research program and actively engage with WICI networks and activities.

External affiliate researcher:  Affiliate Researchers are regular, research, or adjunct university faculty or non-university researchers, including post-doctoral fellows, who actively participate in institute activities, including its research projects or committees.

Applications for external core or affiliate researcher membership should include:

  1. A brief statement of the applicant’s prior background and scholarship in complex systems. (250-500 words)
  2. A description of the applicant’s complex systems research program and, if applicable, how that program interfaces with ongoing UW research. (500-1000 words)
  3. Keywords that describe your research program: 1) Up to 3 research application areas; 2) Up to 3 methods used and 3) Up to 3 disciplinary areas with which you identify.
  4. A brief statement of any additional information that would be relevant for the evaluation committee.
  5. The applicant’s CV.

External node coordinator:  External Canadian practitioner, affiliate or core members, who take an active leadership role, with institutional support, in developing and managing external nodes. 

Applications for external node coordinator membership should include:

  1. A brief statement of the applicant’s prior background and scholarship in complex systems. (250-500 words)
  2. A description of the applicant’s vision for a local CNCS node, using the points from above as a reference, and included any additional goals/activities that the applicant envisions. (500-1000 words)
  3. If applicable, a list of other researchers (including students) at your institution, or within your Canadian research networks, undertaking complex systems scholarship.  For each researcher (including the applicant), identify keywords: 1) Up to 3 research application areas; 2) Up to 3 methods used and 3) Up to 3 disciplinary areas with which they identify.
  4. If applicable, identification of a particular research theme that might be a focus (foci) for your node (drawing on or expanding from the list above). 
  5. A brief statement of any additional information that would be relevant for the evaluation committee.
  6. A supporting letter from an administrator (e.g., unit head, dean, research centre director, office of research administrator, provost, or other relevant administrator).  This letter should outline any internal support resources that would be available to support the local CNCS node. 
  7. The applicant’s CV.

All application materials if possible should be minimum 11 point font, compiled into a single .pdf document, and e-mailed to Brenda Panasiak, Administrative Coordinator of WICI (brenda.panasiak@uwaterloo.ca) with a subject line “WICI external member application-Name.” As with all WICI initiatives, we strive to create a highly diverse membership in terms of research foci, perspectives, methods, gender identification, ethnicity, and capability. 

Please contact WICI core member Chrystopher Nehaniv, at cnehaniv@uwaterloo.ca with any questions, or if you would like to brainstorm about possible directions for a proposed node before applying.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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