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Faculty of Science
Date Posted:
October 28, 2021
Closing Date:
August 1, 2022

The Department of Physics of the University of Ottawa seeks to fill a tenure-track position in Experimental Biophotonics of biological/living systems.  Advanced coherent nonlinear and linear optical imaging/microscopy is the main target area for this search. Strong applicants working in areas related but not limited to imaging applied to cellular biomechanics/cell biology, soft matter physics and machine learning for imaging will also be considered.

Title of the position: Assistant professor level but exceptional candidates at higher academic levels are also encouraged to apply.

Duties: The functions of a member of the academic staff include, in varying proportions: a) teaching activities; b) scholarly activities pertaining to research and/or professional work; c) academic service activities, d) supervision of graduate students.

Terms: Tenure-track position.

Wage: Salary scales for Assistant Professors start at $ 88,735 (as of May 2022). 

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete compensation package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as paid leave (including maternal, parental and academic leave:

Location of work: Department of Physics, University of Ottawa, STEM Complex, 150 Louis-Pasteur, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5.

Contact information: James Harden, Chair, Department of Physics, STEM Complex, 150 Louis-Pasteur, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, .

Skills requirements:

  • Education: Ph.D. or equivalent in Physics or a related discipline.
  • Work experience:

Due to the bilingual nature of our major undergraduate program, the successful candidate should be able to teach in French within a year of the appointment. Active knowledge of the other official language in Canada is a requirement for tenure. English-French bilingualism is an asset. The candidate is expected to lead a vigorous research program, and to contribute to teaching in the major and honours BSc in Physics as well as at the graduate level. Experience in teaching Physics at the undergraduate or graduate level is an asset.  We expect a demonstrated interest in interacting with experimentalists and theorists in the Physics and other (e.g. Chemistry, Medicine) departments, as well as those in the Brain and Mind Research Institute, the Centre for Research in Photonics, the Max Planck-uOttawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics, and/or the Centre for Advanced Materials Research.    

Application deadline: August 1st, 2022

Applications should be submitted electronically through the University of Ottawa Academic Careers website.

The application material consists of a CV, an up to five-page summary of research plans plus a one-page teaching statement (with a clear indication of your ability to teach a broad range of undergraduate Physics courses), along with the contact information for three referees. The application should be emailed to Sophie Grimard (, secretary to the Chair Prof. James Harden, by August 1, 2022.

Other information:

The University of Ottawa is proud of its more than 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language. Located on the unceded ancestral territory of the Anishinabé-Algonquin people, the University of Ottawa is at the heart of Canada’s capital with unparalleled opportunity for collaborations with governmental agencies for funding and samples (e.g., Canadian Museum of Nature, GSC).

In accordance with Immigration Canada requirements, any qualified person is invited to submit their application; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples in Canada, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations at Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.