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Professor and candidate for the 2022 competition for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Programm (CERC)

Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications at Montreal and Varennes

Job posting No 22098

Open to internal and external candidates | Tenure-track Position

June 28, 2022 to August 15, 2022

Context and summary

Themes : Energy, advanced materials, telecommunications, ultrafast science, biotechnology, and numerical modeling.

The Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is the only institution in Quebec dedicated exclusively to research and training at the graduate level. In partnership with the community and industry, INRS is proud to contribute to the development of society through its discoveries and to contribute to training the next generation of scientists in the fields of the natural sciences & engineering, social sciences, and health. INRS was ranked 1st in Quebec and 2nd in Canada for its research intensity (funding received per faculty member), according to the Research Infosource ranking for the year 2019-2020.

In order to support the strategic development of INRS and its Energy Materials Telecommunications research Center (EMT), within the framework of their respective scientific programs, INRS-EMT invites applications to fill a regular professor position. The profile of the application must make it possible to submit an application for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program. This program, Canada’s most prestigious research chair program, aims as much to attract the world’s top researchers to Canada as to support the next generation of leaders and integrate them into ambitious research teams. The amount associated with this CERC could be of a maximum value of $500,000 per year or $1,000,000 per year for a period of eight years (including 25% of the total value of the chair for indirect research costs) and will be established according to the needs demonstrated by the research program. This professorship is essentially research-based and is not conditional on obtaining the CERC. Researchers meeting the eligibility criteria for the CERC program .

Main duties and responsibilities

  • This professorship mainly aims to strengthen one or other of the research axes of INRS-EMT. The scientific program of INRS-EMT is deployed around the following six research areas: Area 1: Sustainable energy, sources and use; Axis 2: Nanomaterials and advanced manufacturing processes; Axis 3: Ultrafast and photonic science; Axis 4: Telecommunications; Axis 5: Biotechnology; and Axis 6: Numerical modeling of physical and cognitive systems. The four major current societal issues addressed by the research at INRS-EMT relate to 1) the economic development of Quebec and Canada; 2) energy transition; 3) digital transformation in relation to communications and information technologies; and 4) health.
  • The successful candidate must have a program that aligns with the CERC Program priorities and submit an application to the CERC Program in the 2022 competition.
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate the potential structuring effect of their program on the Centre’s research and development activities.
  • Establish an innovative and independent research program.
  • Ensure funding for its research program through external grants from public and private organizations as well as through partnerships with industry when required.
  • Establish collaborations with research teams already in place while developing or maintaining partnerships with groups outside INRS-EMT.
  • Although this position is essentially research-based, the successful candidate will participate in teaching and training activities, particularly within the framework of the Center’s graduate programs and the supervision of postdoctoral fellows and research staff.


  • Candidates must hold a doctorate in a relevant field.
  • Applicants must be full professors or associate professors who will become full professors within one or two years of being nominated. Candidates from a background other than post-secondary education must have the necessary qualifications to be appointed to similar positions. The Program imposes no restrictions on applicants with regards to nationality or country of residence. However, researchers currently employed by INRS cannot apply.
  • Applicants must be eligible for the CERC Program.
  • Applicants must demonstrate how to use their expertise to strengthen collaborative research with existing INRS-EMT faculty.

Working language

The working language is French. Fluency in English is required. Applicants who are not fully fluent in French are strongly encouraged to apply. If they are chosen for the position, the necessary resources will be put at their disposal to learn French.


Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications
1650, boulevard Lionel-Boulet
Varennes (Québec) J3X 1S2 CANADA

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications
800, rue De La Gauchetière Ouest, bureau 6900
Montréal (Québec) H5A 1K6 CANADA

Note : Varennes is on the South Shore of Montréal


In accordance with the collective agreement in effect at INRS.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their application from INRS Web Site including i) a brief letter of interest, ii) a 3-page statement of research achievements in their area of expertise and future research goals, including potential collaborations with existing faculty at INRS-EMT, iii) a complete CV, iv) a statement of teaching and supervision experience and philosophy, and v) the names and contact details of three references, before August 15, 2022.
Any additional documents that cannot be transmitted electronically but are necessary to complete your application should be sent by mail to the following address:

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications
1650, boulevard Lionel-Boulet
Varennes (Québec) J3X 1S2 CANADA

INRS is committed to promote equity, diversity and inclusion and invites all qualified candidate to apply, including women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities, in relation to the Equal access to employment programs. However, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority.
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INRS also asks its selection committees to take account of career interruptions and special circumstances when reviewing applications. Applicants are therefore invited to indicate the nature of these interruptions or special circumstances in their cover letter.