Job vacancy: Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Migration and Refugee Law and Politics: Deadline 29/02/2016

Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Migration and Refugee Law and Politics – Applications Closing Date: February 29, 2016

The Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University invites applications from qualified candidates for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) appointment in Migration and Refugee Law and Politics. Tier 1 Chairs are intended for outstanding researchers whose accomplishments are acknowledged by their peers and have had a major impact in their field. The successful candidate will be a senior academic at the level of Full Professor with an outstanding international reputation as a research leader. S/he will be a world-class scholar of the global movement of people. Research may focus on, but not be limited to: rights, status and justice; citizenship, identities and diasporas; refugees and forced migration; securitization, borders, criminalization and regulation of migration, including the movement of labour. Ultimately housed within a unit within the Faculty of Public Affairs, the appointed scholar will stimulate: catalytic and interdisciplinary initiatives; collaborations within Carleton University and with external partners; and engagement in public debates.

 CANDIDATE SPECIFICATION                                                                                         

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field, and will:

– be recognized as an outstanding and innovative research leader whose accomplishments have had a significant international impact;

– have a superior record of obtaining competitive external research funding and attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows;

– as chairholder, be expected to develop collaborative programs of research involving faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from across the entire university and, where appropriate, from outside Carleton University; and

– be proposing an original, innovative research program of the highest quality.


The Canada Research Chairs program forms part of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development and to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. The Canada Research Chairs Program is committed to excellence in research and research training, and to ensuring equal access to opportunities for all qualified candidates. Sound equity practices ensure that the Chairs program accesses the largest possible pool of qualified candidates. The Chairs program is committed to the federal government’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity. Consult the Canada Research Chairs website at http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.cafor further details and full program information, including eligibility criteria.


Applications should consist of: a signed letter of application; a curriculum vitae; a copy of three of the applicant’s most influential publications; and a comprehensive Canada Research Chair vision statement of not longer than 10 pages that includes a specific, personal research plan, a statement of research contributions, including mentoring faculty and graduate students, a plan for developing or fostering research across boundaries and/or disciplinary strengths, and a plan for the development of externally funded large-scale strategic research projects and/or other programs appropriate to the field. Applications should also include a list of three referees who may be contacted later in the process with the candidate’s permission.

 Applications should be compiled into a single PDF and emailed to The closing date for applications is February 29, 2016.

 Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Appointment to the faculty position will be at the rank of Professor. Following the appointment, Carleton University will support the successful candidate with their application for the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair according to the guidelines of the Canada Research Chairs Program.


Located in Ottawa Canada, Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff, and researchers provide academic opportunities in more than 100 programs of study to more than 28,000 full- and part-time students, from every province and more than 100 countries. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary, and global approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative work in science and technology, business, governance, public policy, and the arts. Since 2010, Carleton has supported the development of the Migration and Diaspora Studies initiative (, which seeks to encourage teaching, research and engagement with issues relating to the social, political, economic and cultural implications of the movement of people and transnationalism, broadly defined, among faculty and students from across the University.

 Minutes from downtown, Carleton University is located on a beautiful campus, bordered by the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal. With over 12 national museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park close by, there are many excellent recreational opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy. The City of Ottawa, with a population of almost one million, is Canada’s capital city and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. Carleton’s location in Canada’s capital provides many opportunities for research with groups and institutions that reflect the diversity of the country. Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

Those applicants who are selected for an interview will be requested to contact the Chair of the Search Committee as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to accommodate requests in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval