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Assistant or Associate Professor of Geochemistry

The Harquail School of Earth Sciences at Laurentian University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Geochemistry to begin in July 2018.

We seek an innovative individual with outstanding teaching and research skills who will enhance our status as one of the leading global centres in the study of Mineral Deposits and Precambrian Geology, and contribute to our $104M CFREF-FedNor-NOHFC-Industry-funded Metal Earth project. Teaching responsibilities will include high-temperature geochemistry and analytical methods at the undergraduate level, and exploration geochemistry at the graduate level. Supervision of MSc and PhD students within a vigorous, externally-funded research programme that includes exploration geochemistry is expected.

A PhD degree is required at the time of appointment. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to continued development of a recently updated LA-ICP-MS facility (Teledyne Cetac Analyte G2 Excimer Laser, Thermo Neptune Plus high-resolution MC-ICP-MS,  and iCap TQ triple-quadrupole ICP-MS with dedicated full-time technician), and will also have access to a wide range of additional preparation and analytical equipment, including a rock sawing/sectioning/polishing workshop, mineral separation laboratories, fluid inclusion lab (visible and IR), X-ray diffractometers, EPMA, SEM-EDS with top-of-the-line CL detector, and a Raman microscope. Members of HES also have access to EPMA, SEM, XRFS, ICP-AES, and solution ICP-MS facilities in the Ontario Geoscience Laboratories, located in the same building complex as HES and MERC. Additional information about HES, MERC/Metal Earth, and GSM can be found at hes.laurentian.ca, merc.laurentian.ca, and laurentian.ca/goodmanschoolofmines/.

Application Requirements

Applications, including a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching, an overview of research interests, and a curriculum vitae should be sent as PDF files to vpap@laurentian.ca. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference directly sent to the email address above. Review of applications will begin immediately, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Questions concerning the position may be directed to Dr. Douglas Tinkham, Director, Harquail School of Earth Sciences, via dtinkham@laurentian.ca.

About Laurentian University

Laurentian University serves over 9,000 students on its main campus in Sudbury, Ontario, and is one of two bilingual universities in the province of Ontario. Laurentian has been in a phase of steady growth, realizing more than $150M in capital investments over the past five years. These include the McEwen School of Architecture, the award-winning Vale Living with Lakes Centre, a new student residence, the modernization of classrooms and labs, and the completion of an Executive Learning Centre, an Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, and a University Club.
Committed to its bilingual, tri-cultural mandate, Laurentian University offers an outstanding university experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education. 

Laurentian’s beautiful, forested campus is surrounded by fresh-water lakes, conservation lands, and hundreds of kilometres of cross-country trails. Many faculty and students cycle, ski, snowshoe, or kayak to work, or enjoy the pristine waters of Lake Nephawin at Laurentian’s private beach. The university is located in the geographic centre of Greater Sudbury, northern Ontario’s major urban centre (population 160,000). Laurentian University has close and productive ties to Science North, SNOLAB, Health Sciences North and two post-secondary partners, Collège Boréal and Cambrian College.

University Policy

Laurentian University is an equal-opportunity employer and is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. Laurentian University especially welcomes and encourages applications from members of visible minorities, women, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities. Applicants may self-identify as a member of an employment equity group. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obligated to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

The University has a policy of passive bilingualism (English/French) as a condition of tenure. Information can be found at www.laurentian.ca. LU faculty members are part of the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA). Candidates are advised to consult the Collective Agreement at www.lufapul.ca.


These faculty positions have been filled recently:

Professor of Exploration Geophysics
Professor of Precambrian Geology
Professor of Earth Systems Modelling
Research Chair in Exploration Targeting

Laurentian University is one of the recognized world leaders in mineral exploration research and is the top Canadian university in research funding for Economic Geology and in Applied Geophysics from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Laurentian University, located in Sudbury, Ontario, is the only university in Canada where geolog and mineral exploration are integral components of the University’s strategic plan.

With CAD $104 million in funding provided by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) and partners, Laurentian University, through strategic partnerships with five Canadian universities, six government geological surveys and three international research centres, will conduct Metal Earth - the largest ever mineral exploration research project undertaken in Canada. Metal Earth seeks to identify and understand the processes responsible for Earth’s differential metal endowment during the Precambrian. This research initiative aims to transform our understanding of Earth’s early evolution and how we explore for metals.

Metal Earth will be led by the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC), the mineral deposit research arm of the Harquail School of Earth Sciences (HES), which is housed in the Willet Green Miller Centre in Sudbury.

Laurentian University is seeking individuals with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching. Successful candidates are expected to actively participate in Metal Earth’s research in addition to developing their independent vigorous and externally-funded research programs. They will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the HES as well as professional courses through the Goodman School of Mines and other units.

Laurentian University is inviting applications for the following three faculty positions in its award-winning Harquail School of Earth Sciences:

Professor of Exploration Geophysics (this position has been filled)

This Professor will conduct research and teach on seismology as applied to exploration and Precambrian crustal evolution. This is a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  Beginning July 1, 2017

Professor of Precambrian Geology (this position has been filled)

This Professor will conduct research and teach on Precambrian Geology and Precambrian Tectonics as they relate to Earth’s evolution and metallogeny. Extensive experience in conducting field-based research and geological mapping is essential. This is a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  Beginning January 1, 2018

Professor of Earth Systems Modelling (this position has been filled)

This Professor will conduct research and teach on Earth Systems, their application to ore systems, and the interrogation and integration of large multi-parameter geoscience datasets to develop new mineral exploration models. Professional experience in mineral exploration and data analytics is desired. This is a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  Beginning January 1, 2018

Research Chair in Exploration Targeting (this position has been filled)

Applicants for this Research Chair will have achieved international prominence in mineral exploration or ore systems research, will have demonstrated leadership in managing large, multidisciplinary, collaborative geoscience projects, and will have a strong understanding of the system and mechanics of publicly funded research both within and outside Canada. He/she will provide leadership for national and international research programs that target ore systems through the integration of multi-scale geoscience (tectonic-structural-geophysical-geochemical-mineralogical-isotopic-surficial) data. This is a tenured position at the Associate or Full Professor level. Beginning July 1, 2017

For additional information regarding Laurentian University, MERC, and Metal Earth please visit their website at www.laurentian.ca, http://merc.laurentian.ca, http://merc.laurentian.ca/metalearth and http://hes.laurentian.ca. To apply, please forward your resume and cover letter to laurentian@boyden.com. Applications will be reviewed beginning in January 2017 but will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Laurentian University is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. Laurentian University especially welcomes and encourages applications from members of visible minorities, women, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities. Applicants may self-identify as a member of an employment equity group. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents will be considered first for these positions. The University has a policy of passive bilingualism (English/French) as a condition of tenure. Information can be found at www.laurentian.ca. LU faculty members are part of the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA). Candidates are advised to read the Collective Agreement at www.lufapul.ca.

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