Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) Position in Integrating Knowledge of Cultural Heritage in Ocean and Maritime Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Memorial University
Date posted: May 10, 2022
Closing date: June 11, 2022
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Memorial University invites applications for the highly prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program (CERC) with specialization in Integration of cultural heritage knowledge into ocean and maritime studies. The 2022 CERC competition aims to attract world-class researchers to Canada with the high potential to generate social and economic benefits through their research aligned with priority areas of science, technology and innovation (ST&I) in the Canada. The stipend for this non-renewable position is $500,000/year for 8 years for a total of $4M, with all funds available to the candidate for research activities. The CERC holder will be appointed to a full-time tenure-track faculty position.
The successful candidate will be an established and internationally recognized leader in their field. They will be expected to create an externally funded research agenda and provide expertise and leadership in the development of digital infrastructures and methods that support the sustainable transformation of institutional archives into digital data stores offering new computational modes of access to an extensive world-class archive. assets. The candidate must have expertise in one or more fields and areas related to the integration of knowledge of cultural holdings, such as: archival and information sciences; digital repositories as well as their design and architectures; large-scale digitization, data mining and information retrieval; and open data and related application programming interfaces. This should be combined with expertise in digital humanities and the diverse multicultural socio-economic histories of indigenous and colonial oceanic and maritime societies and cultures from the 19th to 21st centuries. The candidate should have a proven track record in building collaborative research networks that combine archival, historical, computational and information science methodologies in innovative ways.
The selection process will be conducted in consultation with Memorial’s Office of Indigenous Affairs, as well as the research and teaching components of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The nomination of a candidate for the advertised position is conditional on the success of CERC’s application. The application process has 3 steps. For Stage I, candidates will submit an application to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; details on the selection process are available here. The request must include:
- a cover letter outlining their suitability for the CERC program (1-3 pages); a curriculum vitae including the names and contact details of at least three referees; a brief research plan covering the 8-year term of the CERC position (1-3 pages); a statement on how the nominee’s research program promotes and implements best practices in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) (1-3 pages); a statement of how the nominee’s research program could develop new connections, synergies and knowledge exchange between academia, government, industry and Canada’s northern and Indigenous communities in Newfoundland and Labrador (1-3pages).
For Stage II, applicants will be selected from a shortlist and interviewed. The successful candidate will be, at the time of appointment to the CERC program (Stage III), either: at the academic level of Full Professor; at the academic level of Associate Professor eligible for promotion to the rank of Full Professor within 2 years; or hold a position outside academia with the equivalent qualifications necessary for appointment to those academic levels. For Stage III, one applicant will be selected as an applicant who will move forward with the co-development of an application with Memorial University for the CERC program.
Applications for the first stage (to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than June 11, 2022 to allow sufficient time to meet the CERC program deadlines (the deadline for submission final is October 13, 2022). 2022). Applicants should submit their completed application in PDF format to Dr. Ailsa Craig, Acting Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada, A1B 5S7 via email here: [email protected] mun.ca. Please include reference number F01520-2022-121 in the subject line of the application and email.
Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact us with any informal inquiries regarding this position, our faculty, and the community at large. CERC inquiries and other questions can be directed to the Committee Chair (Dr. Cory W. Thorne, [email protected]) or the Acting Dean. The CERC Job Search Committee will also provide a clear outline of the criteria that will be used to assess candidates throughout the recruitment/selection process. When evaluating applications, Memorial recognizes the legitimate impact that holidays (eg, parental leave, sick leave) can have on an applicant’s search results. These leaves will be taken into consideration during the evaluation process.
Memorial is committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment. Memorial’s Workplace Accommodation Policy can be viewed here. If there is anything we can do to ensure your full participation in the interview process, please contact [email protected] directly and we will work with you to make the appropriate arrangements.
Memorial University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to over 200 scholars in fifteen academic departments and contains the Maritime History Archive (MHA) and the Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA). These two archives are of international importance; the MHA is one of the world’s largest repositories of documents related to global salaried workers of the mid-19and mid 20’sand century; MUNFLA is one of the oldest and most important archives of intangible cultural heritage. The Faculty is home to a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs, degrees and certificates, including interdisciplinary, international and cooperative education models. Many of our programs include research and training in cultural heritage and ocean and maritime studies, while engaging directly with archives. The successful candidate may work with Memorial University’s CREAIT Network, our branch of CDR Canada, and other research centers such as the Center for Research in Music, Media and Place. The Faculty values the cultural and social heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador and has a keen interest in issues of social justice, reconciliation and respectful collaborative relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities. Among its main areas of inquiry are life in the North Atlantic, the various ocean and maritime cultures, and what it means to live near, on or by the sea.
Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. As the province’s only university, Memorial plays a vital role in the educational and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 18,000 students, Memorial University provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for research and learning in St. John’s; a safe, affordable and friendly city with great historic charm, vibrant cultural life and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, including non-Canadians and those currently holding positions outside of Canada. The CERC program imposes no restrictions on the candidate’s nationality or country of residence. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities and racialized people; and people with disabilities.
As part of Memorial University’s commitment to employment equity, all applicants are asked to self-identify as a member of one or more target groups, if applicable. Candidates can only be considered members of a target group if they complete an employment equity survey. If you do not receive a survey or have questions, please contact [email protected]
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