Department of Chemistry and the Biorefining Research Institute - Tenure-Track Research Chair

Research Positions
Thunder Bay
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 11:59pm

Application Deadline: September 30, 2020

Department of Chemistry and the Biorefining Research Institute

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for a tenure-track Research Chair at the Biorefining Research Institute.  The academic rank of the appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate.

The Biorefining Research Institute has dedicated research space and infrastructure located on the Thunder Bay campus of the University. The successful candidate will have their laboratory facility at the BRI. More information on the Institute is available at For its strategic plan, see  Current members of the Institute (including two Canada Research Chairs) are actively collaborating with FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products on producing forest biomass-based value-added chemicals utilizing the pilot plant facilities of biomass conversion units located at the local Resolute mill (see The Chair is expected to further such collaborations in advancing research and development in biomass conversion.

Candidates must have a PhD in Chemistry or a closely-related discipline, a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience, and a proven record of outstanding research in biorefining. The successful candidate will be expected to develop or continue research on valorizing wood based lignocellulosic materials to generate value-added chemicals and materials that are relevant to industry in Canada. As such, the chair is expected to establish an externally funded research program and to collaborate with industry; relevant industrial experience would be an asset. Applicants must also demonstrate potential for outstanding teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels that complement the needs of the department, i.e., inorganic, bioinorganic, or green chemistry. The appointment will be made in the Department of Chemistry at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Research chairs have reduced teaching and administrative loads but both are still required by the collective agreement.

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:

For further information, please contact Dr. Todd Randall, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies at Detailed information on the Biorefining Research Institute and our programs is available at:

Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit as a single file (e.g. .pdf format): a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a detailed research plan (3-5 pages), copies of their three most significant publications, and the names and addresses of three references. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada.pdf form must accompany your package.

Applicants should submit their electronic application to:

Dr. Todd Randall

Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies

Lakehead University

Thunder Bay, Ontario


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 budgetary approval.