Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Radiochemistry and/or Radiopharmaceutical Sciences

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

Position Description

McMaster University, a world-leader in medical isotope and radiopharmaceutical research, invites applicants for a new faculty position in the general area of radiochemistry and radiopharmaceutical sciences in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology.  This is a tenure track full time faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, effective July 1st, 2022.

The University has identified Nuclear, including all work involving medical isotopes, as a priority area. The position will join an established radiopharmaceutical research program, which includes outstanding staff and infrastructure notably a dedicated high-level radiation research facility, cyclotron, nuclear reactor, and modern radiopharmaceutical research laboratories. The University is also host to the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC) which has a successful trackrecord of moving radiopharmaceuticals from the bench to the bedside and creating new spinout companies.

While collaborating with the existing team and leveraging the unique research environment and tools, the successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research program and explore new avenues of independent medical isotope, radiochemistry and radiopharmaceutical research. Work that has the potential to be cross-disciplinary will be regarded as an additive asset.

The candidate will have access to cyclotron and reactor-derived isotopes and radiochemistry facilities at McMaster, which include licensed labs and modern discovery and characterization tools. This $22M facility is licensed to handle a wide range of isotopes and is equipped to perform chemical, biological and pre-clinical imaging studies.

Applicants should clearly demonstrate potential to develop a prominent, externally funded research program and a commitment to excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.   We are seeking candidates who have a doctoral degree and relevant post-doctoral experience in radiochemistry, radiopharmaceutical sciences or a closely related field, as well as a promising record of research scholarship and productivity. 

The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, with a contingent of 29 full-time faculty members, conducts leading-edge research and top-tier training of students in all areas of chemistry, and has achieved major breakthroughs in physical, inorganic, theoretical, analytical, and organic chemistry.  We boast world-class facilities and instrumentation and maintain rich collaborative relationships with many McMaster research institutes including the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, the Biointerfaces Institute, the Institute for Infectious Diseases Research, and Brockhouse Institute
for Materials Research.

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. Our focus on collaboratively exchanging ideas and approaches makes us uniquely positioned to pioneer ground-breaking solutions to real-world problems leading to a Brighter World. The Faculty of Science works to create global impact by advancing scientific discovery and knowledge, and promoting greater understanding. Our innovative, interdisciplinary approach generates new methods and insights, results, and lasting change. 

Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty members to achieve a work-life balance.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. 

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete, through McMaster’s application submission portal. The answering of survey questions is voluntary with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process. 

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science at baileyd@mcmaster.ca to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply - To apply for this job, please submit your application online.

Complete applications must be made online at https://hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportunities/ (Faculty Positions, Job 42165) by February 15, 2022 (this is an extension of the originally published application deadline ) to the attention of Dr. Gillian Goward, Professor & Chair, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1.

A complete application consists of: 

  • a cover letter (including a statement regarding whether the applicant has Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status (see below))
  • a current, detailed Curriculum Vitae 
  • a statement of research interests (2-page maximum), including detailed descriptions of three research projects that exemplify the proposed research program, as well as a list of the major instrumentation and equipment necessary to pursue the proposed research program
  • a statement highlighting the candidate’s top three publications and specifying the significance and novelty of these contributions
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2-page maximum)
  • a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, community-based or other professional settings (2-page maximum)
  • the names and full contact information of at least three referees.  
    • Letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.   

Review of complete applications will begin February 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  All applicants will receive an on-line, system-generated confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.  Please be advised that any full-time, permanent faculty member of the Department can request confidential access to the application materials, including the reference letters.  

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications, as stated above, MUST include one of the following statements in their application package:  “I am/am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”  Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

Vaccination Policy Statement
The University is committed to providing and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning environments for all workers, students, volunteers and visitors. Effective October 18, 2021, all McMaster community members, including employees, accessing a McMaster campus or facility in person are required to be fully vaccinated or to have received an exemption from the University for a valid human rights ground. This is a term and condition of employment. As defined by the provincial government, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series. Vaccines approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization will be recognized. The University will continue to follow the guidance of public health organizations to define fully vaccinated.
Effective September 7 through to October 18, those employees who are not fully vaccinated will participate in rapid testing twice per week, pending assessment of a human rights exemption or being fully vaccinated. Processes for confidentially disclosing vaccination status, completing testing, and review of human rights exemptions have been developed and you will be advised further upon hire.
The vaccination requirement has been adopted as part of the University’s efforts to keep our community safe, and based on the evidence which is demonstrating that vaccination is one of the most significant measures that can be taken to protect student, staff, faculty and community members. Further information is available at the following link: https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/campus-health-safety/#tab-content-vaccination. More information on the University’s Health and Safety framework is available online at https://hr.mcmaster.ca/resources/covid19/.
Questions regarding the above requirements or any accommodation requests through the recruitment process can be directed to your human resources contact.
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