Tier 2 Canada research chair in data science/financial mathematics

Founded in 1848, the University of Ottawa is now the largest English-French bilingual university in Canada and in the world, with 10 faculties and approximately 43,000 students registered in undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral studies. Year after year, the University of Ottawa ranks among the leading research universities in Canada, and it aims to be among the top five in the next 10 years.

Ottawa is an important innovation hub in data science, mainly because of the high concentration of public sector organizations in the national capital. Today, data science expertise is considered essential, irrespective of the sector: advanced manufacturing, health care, information technology, life sciences, financial services, trade, and many others. Chairs aim to enhance research excellence for all Canadian universities. For further information about the University of Ottawa, please visit: www.uottawa.ca.

The University of Ottawa invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Data Science or Financial Mathematics. The University is looking especially for candidates whose research links Data Science and Financial Mathematics, however candidates with an expertise in one of these fields only are also strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will strengthen the Data Science and Machine Learning Group part of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and will support a graduate program in Financial Mathematics.

The successful candidate should not only be an excellent theoretician with a proven research track record, but should preferably have a proved record of successful applications of his/her algorithms to real data. The University of Ottawa is a research-intensive institution, and this position forms part of its strategic areas of development. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a sponsor of the Fields Institute of Toronto, the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques of Montreal, the Canadian Institute for Statistical Sciences, and is part of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Mathematics and Statistics.

Tier 2 CRC Program Description:
Tier 2 Chairs, 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 each Tier 2 Chair, the institution receives $100,000 annually for five years.

Candidates should, at a minimum, be assistant or associate professors, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed to these levels. Nominating institutions may nominate a professor or a researcher who is more than 10 years from their highest degree at the time of nomination and has experienced legitimate career interruptions (see acceptable justifications). In such cases, institutions must submit to the Secretariat a formal justification (using the Tier 2 Justification Screening Form), explaining why the nominee is still considered to be an emerging scholar. New CRC nominees 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.

Preferential Hiring:
This competition is a preferential hiring, which gives priority to one or more of the designated groups (i.e. women, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) as defined in the Employment Equity Act and Federal Contractors Program. Candidates from these groups who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must fill the following self-identification form: Admin\OVPR Self-Identification Form\EDI Questionnaire OVPR_EN.pdf.

Required Qualifications:
A PhD or equivalent in Mathematics is mandatory, postdoctoral experience is an asset, superior research achievements in the CRC’s identified area(s) and proof of interdisciplinary collaborations; an exceptional profile with respect to teaching and training of students at graduate level, the ability to obtain external research funds, excellent communication skills in either English or French. A passive knowledge of the other official language would be an asset.

Rank and salary:
Regular tenure-track academic appointment in the relevant Faculty – this position is governed by a collective agreement between the University of Ottawa and the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa.

Application Package:

  • A cover letter;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (please include career interruptions such as parental or sick leaves that may have impacted your record of research. These will be taken into consideration in the selection process);
  • A research plan (2 to 3 pages);
  • A statement of teaching interests (1 to 2 pages); and
  • The names of three people who may be contacted by the University for letters of reference.

Deadline: January 31, 2019
The selection process will begin in February and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates who wish to apply for this position must, at the time of application, provide us with a Letter of Interest along with their current resume. You will receive an acknowledgement by email that your documents have been received.

Via email: krobert@octavemaecenas.com
Message Subject: Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Data Science/Financial Mathematics

Karine Robert, Associate
Octave Mæcenas, recrutement & conseils, S.E.N.C.
514.448.0554 or 514.743.0998

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 Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 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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