Research Chair in Advanced Forest Biorefining Systems

Tenure Track Faculty Positions
Thunder Bay

Research Chair in Advanced Forest Biorefining Systems (Tenure-track Appointment in the Department of Chemical Engineering)

Category:  Tenure Track Faculty Positions - Thunder Bay Campus

Department: Chemical Engineering

Application Deadline: Until the Position is Filled

The Faculty of Engineering at Lakehead University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in its department of Chemical Engineering at the Assistant or Associate Professor level commencing August 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will be co-appointed as Research Chair in Advanced Forest Biorefining System in Lakehead’s Biorefining Research Institute (BRI), which has a strategic aim of developing innovative bioproducts.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong research program in forest biorefining that fits into the need of industry in Canada. Experience in the following fields would be required: 1) chemical modification of woody biomass and/or 2) surface, chemical and physical alternations of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin for the development of value-added products.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program and collaborate with industry. Relevant industrial experience would be an asset. The Research Chair is for five (5) years and is renewable depending on the performance of the Chair.  

Candidates should hold an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, a PhD in Chemical Engineering or closely related field, and are expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as service to the department of Chemical Engineering. A reduced teaching load is provided as long as the candidate is a research chair. Registration, or eligibility to register, as a Professional Engineer in Canada is required.

The Biorefining Research Institute has dedicated research space and infrastructure. The successful candidate will have their laboratory facility at BRI. More information on BRI is available at The Strategic Plan for BRI is available at BRI Plan.  

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff.  With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its ten faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus) and Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research plans, copies of their three most significant publications, and the names and addresses. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada.pdf form must accompany your package. 

Applicants should submit their electronic application to:

 Dr. H. Naser,

Interim Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Lakehead University

955 Oliver Road

Thunder Bay, ON, Canada P7B 5E1



Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements. 

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.


This position is subject to final budgetary approval.