(CERC) Position in Cultural Heritage Knowledge Integration in Ocean and Maritime Studies job with Memorial University of NL

Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) Position in Cultural Heritage Knowledge Integration in Ocean and Maritime Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Memorial University

Date available online: May 10, 2022

Closing Date: June 11, 2022

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Memorial University invites applications to the highly prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program with specialization in Cultural Heritage Knowledge Integration in Ocean and Maritime Studies. The CERC 2022 Competition aims to attract world-leading research talent to Canada with the high potential to generate social and economic benefits via their research aligned with priority areas of Canadian science, technology, and innovation (ST&I). The allocation to this non-renewable position is $500k/year for 8 years for a total of $4M, with all funds available to the applicant for research activities. The CERC recipient will be appointed to a full-time tenure-stream faculty position.

The successful candidate will be an established, internationally recognized leader in their field. They will be expected to create an externally funded research program, and provide expertise and leadership in the development of digital infrastructure and methods which foster the long lasting transformation of institutional archives into digital data stores offering new computational modes of access to extensive world-class archival holdings. The candidate should have expertise in one or more areas and fields related to knowledge integration of cultural holdings, such as: archival and information sciences; digital repositories as well as their design and architectures; large scale digitization, data mining, and information retrieval; and linked open data and application programming interfaces. This should be in combination with expertise in digital humanities and on the diverse multi-cultural socio-economic histories of ocean & maritime indigenous and colonial societies and cultures of the 19th through 21st centuries. The candidate should have a proven record of building collaborative research networks combining archival, historical, computational, and information science methodologies in innovative ways.

The selection process will be conducted in consultation with the Memorial’s Office of Indigenous Affairs, as well as with research and teaching elements of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Appointment of a candidate to the advertised position is conditional upon the success of the CERC application. The application process involves 3 stages. For Stage I, candidates will submit an application to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Details on the selection process are available here. The application should include:

  • a cover letter describing their fit with the CERC Program (1-3 pages); a curriculum vitae including the names and contact information of at least three referees; a brief research plan covering the 8-year duration of the CERC position (1-3 pages); a statement on how the applicant’s research program fosters and implements best practices in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) (1-3 pages); A statement on how the candidate’s research program could develop new links, synergies, and knowledge exchange between academia, government, industry, and Canada’s northern and Indigenous communities in Newfoundland & Labrador (1-3 pages).

For Stage II, candidates will be selected to a shortlist and interviewed. The successful candidate will be, at the point of CERC Program nomination (Stage III), either: at the academic level of Full Professor; at the academic level of Associate Professor eligible for promotion to Full Professor within 2 years; or, hold a position outside of academia with equivalent qualifications necessary for appointment at these academic levels. For Stage III, one candidate will be selected as the nominee that moves forward with co-developing an application with Memorial University to the CERC Program.

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