Tier II Canada Research Chair in Migration and Ethnic Relations

The Faculty of Social Science at Western University invites applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in the area of Migration and Ethnic Relations. In accordance with the regulations set for Tier II Canada Research Chairs, the candidate will hold a PhD (obtained within the last ten years), and will be an outstanding emerging scholar who has demonstrated innovation with the potential to achieve international recognition within five to ten years. The candidate must propose an original research program that will attract external funding and excellent graduate students. The competition is open to both Canadian and international candidates.

Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations is broadly conceived as research addressing immigration, integration, and cultural diversity policies and practice; forces driving current and future migration processes; migration’s influence on societies of origin and destination; ethnic diversity, interethnic group relations, and race relations; interethnic and interracial conflict; and ethnic and racial identity. The focus for this position is not discipline-specific or region-specific. The search is being conducted at the Faculty-wide level, with the final home department to be determined by the discipline of the successful candidate.

Western University’s Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations (MER)and its Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations are world leaders in research and graduate training related to migration and ethnic relations. These interdisciplinary efforts provide graduate students with unique training opportunities, while informing public policy and practice that facilitate the well-being of immigrants and ethnic minorities. The MER Centre resides in the Faculty of Social Science. The Faculty is widely recognized for its excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate teaching and the quality of its research programs. It is one of the largest and most diverse Social Science Faculties in Canada, made up of eight core Departments – Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, DAN Management and Organizational Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, as well as the interdisciplinary Department of Women’s Studies (housed in Arts and Humanities). MER draws members from all of these Departments.

see: http://www.ssc.uwo.ca/MER/MERcentre/ and http://www.ssc.uwo.ca/MER/MERprogram/

The successful candidate will hold a Probationary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, as qualifications and experience warrant, with a starting date of July 1, 2015 or later. She or he will be expected to establish a competitive research program and to participate in teaching and supervision at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Appointment to a faculty position will be conditional on the selected candidate applying for and being awarded a Canada Research Chair. The candidate will work in conjunction with the Faculty and the Office of Research Services to develop a proposal to be submitted with the Chair nomination to the CRC Secretariat in the fall of 2014. Please refer to the CRC website for detailed information about the Program:

Review of applications will commence on January 17, 2014, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A complete application will include: a covering letter and curriculum vitae; copies of up to three publications; the names and contact details (including email addresses and phone/fax numbers) of three referees; and a statement explaining how your background, experience and research qualify you for this position.

The application should be sent to:
Dr. Andrew Nelson
Associate Dean – Research
Faculty of Social Science
The University of Western Ontario
London, ON, Canada, N6A 5C2


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