Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation

Mar 19, 2015

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation

 The University of Ottawa is currently seeking candidates for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) allocated Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC)in the field of social innovation. The creation of this Chair is part of the development of a new interdisciplinary research cluster in social innovation, under the auspices of the Vice-President, Research.

 To innovate means to improve in a more informed and effective way. Social innovation suggests collective and inclusive reflection that takes into account the influence of stakeholders on their environment. Social innovation must stimulate and suggest ways of bringing about transformative changes that have measurable benefits for the community. In keeping with interventional approaches, social innovation aims to transfer and share knowledge, expertise and experience between stakeholders.

 The University of Ottawa ranks among the top 10 research universities in Canada. Candidates are expected to develop productive collaborations and introduce innovative approaches that will bring new perspectives and solutions to complex social issues related to, for example, poverty, early childhood, ageing, homelessness and exclusion. The chairholder will be affiliated with the most relevant academic unit.


Tier 2 CRCs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. For more information regarding eligibility criteria, please consult the following webpage: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx#nominees. Chairholders are also eligible for infrastructure support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to help acquire state-of-the-art equipment essential to their work. 

 Required Qualifications:

A PhD or equivalent, superior achievement in the CRC’s identified area(s), an exceptional profile with respect to research, interdisciplinary collaborations and graduate training, excellent communication skills in either English or French with a passive knowledge of the other official language.

 Rank and salary:

Regular academic tenure-track appointment in the relevant Faculty.

 Application Package:

Interested scholars are invited to submit an application consisting of the following:

  • A cover letter;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • A research plan demonstrating a strong commitment to research excellence;
  • A statement of teaching interests; and
  • The names and contact information of three people who may be contacted by the University for letters of reference.

 Deadline: April 15, 2015

The selection process will begin on April 15th and will continue until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The application package should be sent by post, courier or email (a single PDF or word format file), to this address:


Dr. Mona Nemer, Vice-President, Research
University of Ottawa
550 Cumberland St., room 246
Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 6N5
Phone: 613-562-5270
Fax: 613-562-5271

Please contact Tim Aubry taubry@uottawa.ca or John Sylvestre jsylvest@uottawa.ca if you want more information about the School of Psychology and and how the Chair could fit into community psychology research and training at the University of Ottawa.

Equity is a University of Ottawa policy; women, aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require by contacting the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Faculty Affairs at 613-562-5958. The Canada Research Chairs Program imposes no restrictions on nominees with regard to nationality or country of residence.  Procedures to allow non-Canadian chairholders to work in Canada have been established by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The University of Ottawa is justly proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism.  Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and their spouses in their second official language.  At the time of tenure, professors are expected to be able to function in a bilingual setting.  In certain cases, professors must have the ability to teach in both official languages to be granted tenure.









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