International Researchers - Canada 150 Research Chairs Program

Research Chairs

Lakehead University invites applications for the Canada 150 Research Chairs Program from exceptional internationally-based scholars and researchers including Canadian expatriates, from across all disciplines.

Lakehead University is a comprehensive University with a reputation for innovative academic programs and leading-edge research.  With two campuses, located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has over 8,600 students, over 30 graduate programs (both Masters and PhD), 2,250 faculty and staff ( and external research funding that has doubled in the last decade.   Lakehead is proud to have been ranked Canada’s Research University of the Year two consecutive years in a row (RE$EARCH InfoSource 2015 and 2016).  Research excellence is the foundation for providing an exceptional and unconventional student experience, for training research leaders of tomorrow, for creating a vital environment for scholarship and for building partnerships with our regional and global communities – including the private sector, government and other sectors.  Research excellence and teaching are inextricably linked at Lakehead University and we are committed to excellence in both areas.  Aligned with our institutional Strategic Plan, we are actively recruiting top-tier, internationally based scholars to enhance and grow our research and innovation capacity.

Successful candidates will be outstanding scholars with a world-class reputation that are eligible to be appointed to a tenure track or a tenured position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor in any discipline.  Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent final degree) and show a track record of demonstrated research excellence in maintaining an outstanding externally-funded research program and in teaching and training of highly qualified personnel as evidenced in an exceptional curriculum vitae and exceptional letters of reference.

 All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with the terms of reference for the Canada 150 Research Chairs program, only researchers who are internationally-based at the time of the application (both working and residing outside of Canada), including Canadian expatriates, are eligible to the program. Researchers who are already at a Canadian institution are not eligible.

A complete application consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), and the names and contact information for three referees. Complete applications are to be directed via email to:

Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation

Lakehead University

955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 5E1

Tel.  807-343-8201


The Lakehead University Canada 150 Search Committee will begin the first review of applications on Friday August 4, 2017. If you have questions about the Canada 150 Chairs program at Lakehead University, please contact Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President Research and Innovation by email: or by telephone at 807-343-8201.  Please note that only those selected for an interview will be notified.

 Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and for responding to global challenges. As such, the Canada 150 program is committed to the federal government’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity.  This will be an important consideration when shortlisting candidates.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Lakehead is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. Lakehead recognizes the value that diversity adds to the scholarly activities of the University and takes into account the diverse experiences of applicants and the many forms that scholarship can take. Candidates who may have had alternate career paths or career interruptions as a result of personal circumstances are encouraged to apply.