NRM - Research Chair in Lignocellulosic Material Development

Tenure Track Faculty Positions
Thunder Bay
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 - 11:59pm

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2023
Faculty of Natural Resources Management
Reference # NRM-2023-24-01

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for one tenure-track Research Chair in Lignocellulosic Material Development appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Faculty of Natural Resources Management. The academic rank of the appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate. The position will commence in the summer of 2023 (negotiable).

Description of the Faculty of Natural Resources Management

Lakehead University, Faculty of Natural Resources Management, is globally recognized for its research and education in the area of natural resource management and forestry-based studies, Lakehead’s program offerings are diverse: focusing on conserving and sustaining our forests for a full range of uses - from timber harvesting, bio-products, inventory and recreation to wildlife management to the conservation of biodiversity. The scope is not limited to Canadian forestry practices; Lakehead has a rich history of successful international collaborations with universities, NGOs and government agencies which have focused on community-based forestry practices, land-use planning and advancing the forestry profession through the training of highly qualified personnel domestically and internationally.

Chair Position description

The main research area includes the chemomechanical conversion of cellulosic wood residues to sustainable functional chemicals, advanced materials and smart sensors. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program and collaborate with industry and BRI associate members. The Research Chair is for five (5) years and is renewable. Applicants must also demonstrate strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The candidate will offer courses at undergraduate and graduate levels to the students of the NRM faculty (A reduced teaching load is provided). The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree and preferably research and/or industrial experience in a relevant field to wood product manufacturing, chemical manufacturing and biorefining, evidence of independent research, and supervision of graduate students (if applicable). Experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of delivery is highly desired.

The successful candidate will have their laboratory facility at the BRI. More information on the Biorefining Research Institute, other research facilities and general information about Lakehead University is available at:

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. Our campuses are located in Thunder Bay on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850 and in Orillia on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, and Rama First Nation. Lakehead University acknowledges the history that many nations hold in the areas around our campuses and is committed to a relationship with Métis and Inuit and First Nations peoples. 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 nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

For further information about this position, please contact Dr. Mathew Leitch (

Review of applications will begin on March 1st, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) quoting Reference # NRM-2023-24-01 should include: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including a statement of teaching philosophy, course outlines and teaching evaluations for previously-taught courses), a statement of a research plan (current and future interests), copies of the three most significant publications, and the names and contact information 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. Mathew Leitch
Faculty of Natural Resources Management
Lakehead University
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Fax: (807) 627-5441

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.

Lakehead University has an Lakehead University has an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan 2019-2024 with a goal to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as measured by increasing representation of under-represented groups among applicants, candidates and hires. We encourage candidates to self-identify, if you are from an under-represented group, and prefer candidates with the knowledge, competencies and relationships derived from lived experience. Experience working with Indigenous or racialized communities, and/or members of other equity-deserving groups is a strong asset. A lived experience or worked experience of any of these issues is preferred.

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) 343-8010 ext. 8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.

This position is subject to budgetary approval.