Field of Specialization: Interdisciplinary science (data science, data analytics, evidence synthesis)
Academic Unit: Institute for Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-track)
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Closing Date: September 30 2020

About the Position:

Applications are invited for an entry-level permanent full-time tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the Institute for Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science at Carleton University. We are interested in candidates with a background in applying data analytics and data science approaches to interdisciplinary fields. Interdisciplinary Science and Practice (ISAP) is a new undergraduate science program within the Institute for Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science focused on enhancing skill sets in science communication, community engagement, and synthesis of multiple forms of knowledge to inform policy and management. Applicants must be able to teach core undergraduate courses in the ISAP program in the realm of data science, open data and ethics, data analytics and their applications, and evidence synthesis. This position will augment existing teaching and research strengths within the Institute, and provide research leadership consistent with an evidence-based approach to science communication, policy, and practice.

About the Academic Unit:

The Institute for Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science ( is a student-centred undergraduate teaching unit with close connections to a variety of Departments including Math, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Health Science and Geography, all of which have vibrant graduate programs. Although the primary appointment would be with the Institute, the successful applicant would be cross-appointed to one or more Departments based on their research expertise. The curriculum in the Institute is innovative and involves many opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in understanding and solving real-world problems through field courses, practicum courses and group projects.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and demonstrated excellence and commitment to teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate-level students. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program in interdisciplinary science. Research topics of particular interest include but are not limited to data science, data analytics and modeling, evidence synthesis, meta-analysis, decision support tools (such as structured decision making), and open data in the context of science application such as in health or the environment. Applicants with the ability to forge collaborations with members of the Institute and interdisciplinary-oriented faculty across the university, as well as with allied agencies, will be given preference.

Application Instructions:

Applications for this appointment must include: a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a teaching statement that includes relevant experience, evidence of teaching innovation and performance, and pedagogical approaches to teaching; a summary statement of research interests and experience; a diversity statement (your approach to equity, diversity and inclusion in teaching, mentoring and research); and co-ordinates for three referees.

Submit an electronic copy of your application to: Dr. Steven Cooke, Director, Institute for Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science, c/o Michelle Santoianni (

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2020. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2021.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 31,000 students in more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking, discovery, and the generation of transformative knowledge. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is 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, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be carefully considered.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made 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.