The position will begin 1 July 2010, and the successful candidate will hold the position of full professor with tenure. The CERC program will award chairholders with up to $10 million over seven years to establish a research program. An attractive salary will be offered, and the chair will have access to considerable resources to conduct research. Laval University has made large investments in northern research through its support to four complementary research centres (Quebec-Ocean; the Centre for Northern Studies [CEN]; the Interuniversity Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Research [CIERA]; and the Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments [Nasivvik]), in addition to hosting two
pan-Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (ArcticNet and Geoide), and major infrastructure including the research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen and the CEN Network of arctic field stations.

To apply, send a CV, a statement outlining the development of an innovative program of arctic research combining remote sensing and geospatial analysis, and the names of four references, by email before
31 August 2009 to:
Edwin Bourget

Laval University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes application from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and women.

About the CERC program: In 2008, the Government of Canada created a new permanent program to establish 20 Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) in universities across the country. The CERC program invests $28 million a year to attract and retain distinguished faculty and help Canada build a critical mass of expertise in the priority research areas of environmental sciences and technologies, natural resources and energy, health and related life sciences and technologies, and information and communication technologies.

Canada Excellence Research Chairs are identified through a highly competitive two-stage process. In Phase 1, Canadian universities compete for the opportunity to establish chairs at their institution. In Phase 2, successful universities nominate candidates to a limited number of CERC positions.

In the inaugural competition, 41 universities submitted 135 proposals for CERC awards. In April 2009, the Government of Canada announced that 40 proposals from 17 universities were invited to recruit candidates, and up to 20 CERC positions will be awarded.