Industrial Research Chair in Critical Minerals Processing

Tenure Track Faculty Positions
Thunder Bay
Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 31, 2023 - 11:59pm

Industrial Research Chair in Critical Minerals Processing

Application Deadline: until the position is filled
Faculty of Engineering
Reference #: ENG-2022-23-06

Faculty of Engineering at Lakehead University invites applications for the prestigious Industrial Research Chair in Critical Minerals Processing. This multi-million-dollar research chair is funded by a consortium involving Green Technology Metals, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, and the University. This Chair provides extraordinary opportunity for establishing a technology-based hub for advanced research into the processing of critical materials. Since this is a Research Chair, teaching assignments will be reduced accordingly.

Both Canadian and international applicants will be considered for this appointment. Relevant rank and primary assignment of the academic Department will be determined based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. This tenure or tenure-track position is available in July 2023, although alternate start dates may be arranged.

We are seeking outstanding scholars at any academic level who are natural collaborators and relationship builders. The goal of the Chair is to cross-pollinate activities between the University, industry and government agencies, and assisting in a rapid growth in the area of processing critical minerals. We are seeking a person that's able to not only conduct excellent research but also add vigour to stimulate University-wide initiatives, including establishing a Centre of Excellence in this area.

Candidates must have Ph.D. in relevant area of engineering, with preference for a first degree in engineering. Membership or eligibility for membership in a Canadian professional engineering association is required.

The Faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and values service contributions of its members to the University, the profession, and society at large. Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to the mission of the University, demonstrated through outstanding activities in the areas of research, teaching, and service. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
This position is subject to relevant budgetary approvals.

Application Procedure

Qualified applicants should submit a single application package which includes the following:

1. A curriculum vitae

2. A two-page statement outlining research and teaching goals

3. Copies of three recent publications

4. Names and contact information of at least three referees who will be asked to provide confidential reference letters shortly after the initial application submission.

Interested candidates should submit applications online at or

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

About Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Engineering has earned an international reputation for conducting leading-edge research and offering its students unique learning opportunities. Lakehead Engineering is making an impact on complex global problems that require a diversity of skills, ideas and talents through interdisciplinary and collaborative research. By embodying Lakehead University’s core values of social responsibility, environmental sustainability and transdisciplinary education, Lakehead Engineers step up to be pioneers in technology and innovation, and also be leaders with the creativity, courage, and collaborative spirit to accomplish our shared ambitions.

We are embarking on a major expansion by enlarging research and teaching hubs in Thunder Bay and Barrie (just north of Toronto).

Further information about Lakehead Engineering can be found at:

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

This position is subject to budgetary approval.