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Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. and are expected to have a distinguished record of teaching and research as well as demonstrated ability in leadership and administration.  They should also be eligible for a faculty position, normally at the level of full professor.  The successful candidate will lead the academic and research vision for the Department, be responsible for the relationship between the Department and the broader university academic community, and play a leading role in the academic planning and management process within the Faculty of Science.

The salary range for this position is $140,000 to $180,000. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

The Department has 21 full-time members of faculty, 4 research faculty members, 29 staff, approximately 100 graduate students, 25 post-doctoral fellows and research associates and over 250 Honours undergraduate students in Earth and Environmental Sciences related programs.  In addition, the Geological Engineering program, with approximately 100 undergraduate students, is shared with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Undergraduate studies are available in both a Co-operative Education and Regular format.   The Department fosters a dynamic and thriving research environment with over $15 million in annual research, houses a CERC Chair and 2 CRC’s (Tier 1) and initiated the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (>$55 million) and the Canadian Water Network.  The Department attracts outstanding Canadian and international applicants to its graduate programs.  Collaborative research programs that are global in scope are currently active with members of the Faculties of Science, Environment, Mathematics and Engineering and the Water Institute.  The Department is interested in strengthening these transdisciplinary initiatives and expanding ties within the national and international academic communities.

The University of Waterloo is located in the attractive and vibrant two-university community of Kitchener-Waterloo (population 500,000) in southwestern Ontario, about 100 km west of Toronto.

Applications and nominations should include a detailed resume, the names and contact information for three individuals willing to provide references, and a statement of capabilities and qualification.    The closing date for applications is October 15, 2015.  The anticipated start date is September 1, 2016.  Send applications or nominations to:

Professor Robert Lemieux, Dean

Faculty of Science

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario

Canada  N2L 3G1

Phone: (519) 888-4591  Fax: (519) 746-2543   


The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity.  We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  “Three reasons to apply:”

Laboratory Manager, Clean Room and ICP-MS Mass Spectrometry Facility

An independent, motivated, and experienced scientist is needed to fill a laboratory manager staff position in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo. The laboratory is a new state-of-the-art facility that includes a metal-free clean room, a NuPlasma II multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICP-MS), an Agilent 8800 triple quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (QQQ-ICP-MS), and an Analyte G2 laser ablation system. Research in this facility spans a diverse range of topics in solid Earth geochemistry and environmental biogeochemistry. The laboratory manager will report to a faculty committee that comprises the principal users of the facility.

Specific duties include:

  • oversight of the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the facility
  • method development of radiogenic and stable isotope systems (including in-situ analysis by laser ablation), both independently and in collaboration with faculty members
  • assistance with undergraduate and graduate student training
  • implementation of data quality control measures
  • collaboration with departmental faculty to provide data for research
  • data acquisition for external academic and non-academic clients on a collaborative or fee-for-service basis
  • financial management, including billing of users and ensuring that the facility operates on a revenue-neutral basis

A PhD degree in geoscience is required at the time of appointment. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with sample dissolution, ion exchange chromatography, double spiking and isotope dilution, and spike and standard calibration procedures in clean rooms. In addition, the ideal candidate is proficient in stable and/or radiogenic metal isotope analysis by MC-ICP-MS and elemental analysis by Q-ICP-MS. Experience with laser ablation analysis is an asset. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. The candidate should have strong decision-making and communication skills.

The position is a definite term appointment of two years, starting September 1, 2015. Renewal of the appointment is contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research interests/experience, and contact information for three referees. Review of applications will begin June 20, 2015. Please submit applications to Dr. Brian Kendall (