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Faculty of Social Sciences: *NOMINATIONS CLOSED* for Canada 150 Research Chairs

The Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University is seeking outstanding, internationally-based researchers (including Canadian expatriates) at all career stages for consideration as Canada 150 Research Chairs nominees.

SocSci logoFounded in 1887, McMaster University is one of only four Canadian universities consistently ranked in the Top 100 in the world.  McMaster comprises six Faculties and more than 70 research centres and institutes, has a total full-time student population of close to 28,000 drawn from 98 countries as well as Canada, and, is a research-intensive university dedicated to teaching, learning and service.

About the Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences comprises six departments (Anthropology; Economics; Health, Aging and Society, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology) two Schools (Labour Studies, Social Work), and innovative interdisciplinary programs (e.g., Indigenous Studies, Social Psychology).  The Faculty has a vibrant research culture and is home to more than a dozen research institutes, centres and groups, excellent research facilities, and approximately 130 full-time faculty, including more than 15 named Research Chairs and Professorships.  Its departments and schools offer a full range of undergraduate and graduate training programs.

The Canada 150 Research Chairs program will invest $117.6 million to enhance Canada’s reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It will provide Canadian universities with a one-time investment to attract top-tier, internationally based scholars and researchers (including Canadian expatriates) to Canada.

Only researchers who are internationally based at the time of the application (both working and residing outside of Canada), including Canadian expatriates, are eligible for the program. Researchers who are already at a Canadian institution are not eligible. Please consult the Canada 150 Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

McMaster's main campus located Hamilton, Ontario, comprises 300 acres of scenic property at the western end of Lake Ontario, between Toronto and Niagara Falls. Our 30-acre central core is designated for pedestrians and bicyclists. Nearby attractions include Cootes Paradise, the Bruce Trail, the Waterfront Trail, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Selection Criteria

McMaster values a diverse community and encourages applications from highly qualified candidates with skills and abilities that will contribute to the values of equity, diversity and inclusivity in research, teaching and the workplace.  McMaster has a strong commitment to employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons. We also appreciate that these identity positions do not occur in isolation from one another.

McMaster’s nominees for the Canada 150 Research Chairs program will be selected in accordance with the following criteria: 

  1. Research/academic merit of the candidate
    • The quality of the candidate’s research track record, as measured through bibliometric evidence or other measures of research productivity and impact.
    • The candidate is a top-tier, internationally based researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields (as appropriate based on career stage).
  2. Potential contribution of the candidate to the research enterprise at McMaster and in Canada
    • The potential contribution of the research chair in enhancing the research landscape at McMaster and in Canada, such as:
      • filling a gap within existing expertise;
      • building research capacity in new fields or increasing critical mass in existing areas;
      • contributing to the values of equity, diversity and inclusivity in research, teaching and the workplace. 
      • likelihood that the work of the candidate will advance the reputations of McMaster and Canada as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence; and
      • potential for the candidate’s expertise to create social and economic advantages for Canada. 

How to Apply


  • Interested applicants should submit application packages via email to .  Application packages should include: a letter of application demonstrating how the candidate meets the selection criteria outlined above;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • statements of research and teaching interests and a description of how the candidate has or will advance the University’s commitment to building an inclusive community and to fostering a culture which embraces and promotes the rich diversity of the campus community (activities may include diversity-related programming, committee work and/or mentoring women and/or other groups that have been historically marginalized or disadvantaged.);
  • a selection of research publications; and
  • the names and contact information of a least three referees (with postal and email addresses) who are established authorities in the field, who are not in a conflict of interest, and at least one of the which is from a recognized international authority in the candidate’s field who does not reside in the country in which the candidate is currently working.
  • In our efforts to fulfill our commitment to the diversity, equity and inclusivity, you are invited to complete a brief diversity survey as part of the application process. This survey can be found at The survey is voluntary and will take approximately two minutes.  All information collected is confidential and will not be shared with the selection committee. The results of the survey are for institutional planning purposes, and support our efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity. 

McMaster University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions and personal circumstances (e.g., pregnancy, early childcare, eldercare, illness, etc.) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage candidates to explain in their applications the impact that career interruptions, or other issues may have had as described under “Career Interruptions” at CRC’s Guidelines for ensuring a fair and transparent recruitment and nomination process at Further detail may be found under Guidelines for Assessing the Productivity of Nominees at

Applications are requested by July 31, 2017.


Employment Equity Statement

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.

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 diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.

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