Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)



L’nu Indigenous Holistic Health, Healing, Learning

Cape Breton University (CBU) is located on Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island) Nova Scotia. Unama’ki is the ancestral and unceded territory of the L’Nu Mi’Kmaq people. Unama’ki College has long served the needs of the local Mi’kmaq communities and has supported the success of L’nu students and research with Indigenous partners. CBU is a proud regional university with a reputation for small class sizes, strong community involvement and strong internal support for research. In our 2014-2019 Strategic Research, Innovation, and Commercialization Plan, CBU outlined four primary research concepts that guide our work; these include: Culture and Creativity; Social and Ecological Change and Adaptation; Community Economic Development; and Fundamental Knowledge Creation. Each of these general concepts is multidisciplinary and presents areas of established and emerging strength.

As part of the institution’s commitment to developing and supporting these research concepts, we invite applications from outstanding candidates for a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the area of L’nu Indigenous Holistic Health, Healing, Learning. A potential Tier 2 may be considered. The broad nature of this theme is intended to encourage proposals from researchers across all disciplines at our institution. Some examples of applicants’ areas of expertise could include (but are not limited to) traditional knowledge, health sciences, clinical psychology, community healing or learning as experienced by and with L’nu and other Indigenous communities. The successful candidate will be appointed to the most appropriate School/Department taking into account the candidate’s expertise and proposed research program and scholarship.

The Canada Research Chairs Program supports Canadian degree-granting institutions to maximize their contributions as centres of research and research training to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Tier 1 Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields.

Nominees for Tier 1 chair positions must be full professors or associate professors who are expected to be promoted to the full professor level within one or two years of the nomination. Alternatively, if they come from outside the academic sector, nominees must possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at these levels.

Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. Tier 2 Chairs are intended for emerging scholars (i.e. candidates have been active researchers 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 (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 CBU’s Office of Research & Graduate Studies at for more information.

Information about the program, including further details on eligibility criteria can be found on the Canada Research Chairs website: In addition to the preceding criteria, CBU requires that candidates hold a PhD (or equivalent) in their field of expertise, have an innovative and original research program and the capacity to attract external funding and excellent graduate students. The candidate’s potential to contribute to CBU’s research environment and the values of equity, diversity and inclusivity in research, teaching and the workplace will also be considered.

A complete application will include:

  • a cover letter (quoting the reference number – CRC1708);
  • a curriculum vita;
  • up to three refereed publications;
  • a description of a 5 to 7-year research plan demonstrating an original research program capable of attracting external funding and excellent graduate students;
  • a statement explaining how the candidate’s background, experience and research accomplishments qualify them for appointment as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (or Tier 2);
  • a description of how the candidate has or will advance the University’s commitment to building an inclusive community and to fostering a culture which embraces and promotes the rich diversity of the campus community (activities may include diversity‐related programming, committee work and/or mentoring women and/or other groups that have been historically marginalized or disadvantaged); and
  • the names of three referees (including full contact information).

Applicants should email their application to the Human Resources Department at CBU – by September 28, 2017.

Review of applications will begin immediately following this date. We hope to have a decision by November 30, 2017. The successful candidate will work with the Office of Research and Graduate Studies to develop a Canada Research Chair nomination to be submitted to the CRC Secretariat by April 23, 2018. The offer of a tenure-track appointment will be conditional upon the announcement of the approval by the CRC Secretariat.

Canada Research Chair appointments are open to Canadian researchers working in Canada or elsewhere, as well as researchers from other countries. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority (all applicants should clearly indicate their status as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident).

CBU is an equal opportunity employer and values diverse practices and forms of knowledge. CBU encourages applications from equity-seeking communities including Aboriginal People, African Canadians, persons from visible minority groups, persons with disabilities and women. We also encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identity within the cover letter in their application.

CBU recognizes that career interruptions do occur. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter an explanation of career interruptions that may have had an impact on their record of research achievements.

Cape Breton University

Human Resources Dept.

P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS  B1P 6L2

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