Assistant Professor – Department of Physics

Job Information
Author dlafontaine
Date February 15, 2017
Type Full Time
Company Laurentian University
Location Greater Sudbury, Ontario
Category Research / Development
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The Department of Physics at Laurentian University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level.

Laurentian University serves 9,400 students on its main campus in Sudbury, Ontario, and is one of two bilingual universities in the province.  Laurentian has been in a phase of steady growth, realizing more than $150M in capital investments over the past five years.  These include the construction of the Laurentian University School of Architecture, the award-winning Vale Living with Lakes Centre, a new student residence, the modernization of classrooms and labs, completion of an Executive Learning Centre, an Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre and a University Club.  The University is also planning for a new $30 million Research, Innovation and Engineering Building to be completed by 2018.

Laurentian’s beautiful forested campus is surrounded by sparkling fresh-water lakes, conservation lands and hundreds of kilometres of cross-country trails.  Your commute can be life-changing: you might cycle, ski, snowshoe or kayak to work, and you can take a lunch break at Laurentian’s private beach.  An Olympic-size swimming pool, rock-climbing wall and fully-equipped fitness centre are among the campus amenities enjoyed by students, staff and faculty at Laurentian.

The university is situated in the geographic centre of Greater Sudbury, northern Ontario’s major population centre (population 160,000). It is a friendly, diverse and multicultural city with a vibrant arts scene, the home of numerous festivals in all seasons, live music, theatre and literary events.  Laurentian

University has close and productive ties to Science North, SNOLAB, Health Sciences North and two post-secondary partners, College Boréal and Cambrian College.

About the Position

The appointment will begin on July 1st, 2017. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Physics and have postdoctoral or equivalent experience. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct experimental research and to establish a strong research program aligned with the goals of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC) as well as those of the local Particle Astrophysics Group (PAG).

The CPARC,, is an ambitious new program funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). Laurentian University is a member of the CPARC as it is heavily involved in the Canadian Particle Astrophysics research program, mainly through the research activities of its researchers at SNOLAB (, an international underground research facility located 25 km from Laurentian University’s main campus.

The PAG in the department of Physics at Laurentian University includes 5 faculty members with research activities mostly associated with SNOLAB. Among them, one is a Tier-2 Canada Research Chair (CRC), and the other four are full professors. SNOLAB Research Scientists, also members of the PAG, hold Adjunct Professorships at the department and are actively working in the underground experiments and other research activities. The research interests of the PAG include dark matter physics (DEAP-3600 and PICO) and neutrino physics (EXO, HALO and SNO+).

In addition, the successful candidate should exhibit a strong potential for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level as the department of Physics at Laurentian University offers B.Sc., M.Sc. programs in Physics and participates in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Materials Science. The chosen candidate will also be expected to participate in the department’s activities, providing service to the department, to the university and to the community at large.

Application Requirements

Applications, including curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests should be sent as PDF files to In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference directly sent to the email address above.  Review of applications will begin in April but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

University Policy

Laurentian University is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. Laurentian University especially welcomes and encourages applications from members of visible minorities, women, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.  Applicants may self-identify as a member of an employment equity group.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  However, Canadians and permanent residents will be considered first for this position. The University has a policy of passive bilingualism (English/French) as a condition of tenure. Information can be found at LU faculty members are part of the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA). Candidates are advised to read the Collective Agreement at

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