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Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)

Université de Montréal-BCRP
Montréal, Quebec (CA)
Through this program, Chairholders will be awarded up to $1 million per year for a period of 8 years
Closing date
Jan 17, 2022
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Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)

Deadline : January 17, 2022

The Université de Montréal is seeking outstanding candidates for the current Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) competition. The CERC program, Canada's most prestigious Research Chair program, is designed to attract world‑renowned researchers and their teams to launch ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. Through this program, Chairholders will be awarded up to $1 million per year for a period of 8 years.

High-profile candidates are invited to express their interest no later than January 17, 2022. At this stage, applications will be treated confidentially.

Areas of excellence for CERC positions

Chairs of Excellence at the University of Montreal are possible in a number of areas, ranging from humanities to basic sciences, including but not limited to, social, clinical, and applied research. Details and instructions for applications can found on the following links.

The areas of excellence in which the University of Montreal is seeking candidates are:

   Bio-innovation and Digital Health

   Brain, Mind, and Perception

   Digital, Artificial, and Human Intelligence

   Environment, Biodiversity, and Society

   Innovative Materials and Processes

   One Health

   Social Systems, Democracy, and Responsibility

Applicant Profile

Senior applicants with world-renowned expertise and currently holding positions in academia, government or industry are welcome. The Chairholder is expected to initiate and develop new avenues of research, and to enhance further the visibility and impact of the University of Montreal as a hub of excellence in collaborative and innovative interdisciplinary research. The successful candidate will integrate a vibrant community, lead a trailblazing interdisciplinary team and actively contribute to knowledge mobilization within and beyond the academic community.

Strong principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) must underlie the team composition (students, postdoctoral fellows, highly qualified personnel, early career researchers) as well as the research design.

Academic appointment to a tenured position at the level of full or associate professor is a prerequisite and will be conducted in strict compliance with the hiring procedures in place at the University of Montréal.

For more information

For more information and any questions, please contact:

About University of Montreal

The University of Montreal is the world’s leading research French-language university, according to major international rankings. With its affiliated schools, HEC Montreal and Polytechnique Montreal, it ranks 4th in Canada in terms of research activities. It is also the largest university in Montréal, a city recognized as one of the best in the world for its quality of life and the size of its university sector. The University of Montreal offers competitive salaries and a full range of benefits.

The University of Montreal, a French-language university, recruits the best specialists worldwide. It ensures, in accordance with the Université de Montréal's language policy, that newly recruited professors who are not fluent in French benefit from an institutional program to support them in acquiring French language skills over a number of years.

Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program aims to achieve excellence in research and research training while strengthening the promotion of best practices in equity, diversity and inclusion. The University of Montreal fully subscribes to these objectives and, through its Equal Access Employment Program, invites applications from women, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, Aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities. It also invites applications from people of all sexual orientations and identities. At the applicant’s discretion, identification to one or more than one of the abovementioned groups can be indicated in the motivation letter.

The University of Montreal recognizes that career interruptions can have an impact on an individual’s record of achievement, without diminishing its excellence. If applicable, candidates are encouraged to explain the circumstances of any interruption and its impact on their career path and record.


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