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Executive Director, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

The University of Windsor invites outstanding candidates to apply for the position of Executive Director at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER).

GLIER is a research institute with an active and vibrant graduate program and diverse externally funded research programs within the Faculty of Science. It is a multi-disciplinary group that brings together researchers from Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Sociology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences to advance Great Lakes science and the sustained environmental efficacy of aquatic freshwater resources world-wide.

Reporting jointly to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and the Dean of Science, the Executive Director will provide leadership in developing collaborative research programs and capacity for studies of Great Lakes ecosystems. The Executive Director will have exceptional administrative, communication, and fund-raising skills. A seasoned academic and researcher, the Executive Director will bring a track-record of success in having well-funded research programs. The Executive Director will support the GLIER graduate program and research facilities and will administer GLIER’s state-of-the-art trace organics and metals, environmental isotopes, applied molecular genetics and genomics, toxicology, GIS, analytical and aquatic geochemistry, and ESEM laboratories.

As the ideal candidate, you have a PhD and an exceptional record of scholarly activity in environmental research, particularly linked to aquatic science, and outstanding skills in facilitating basic and applied research. You are able to clearly articulate your vision and strategic plan for the further advancement of GLIER. In addition, you have the demonstrated ability to work collegially and communicate effectively within GLIER, the University community, external partners, and funding agencies. The initial appointment is for five years with a possible renewal for a second five-year term.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Katherine Frank or Nikki Mifflen at 902-421-1310 for more information, or please apply online by clicking “Apply Now” on the button below.

The University of Windsor is a comprehensive research and teaching institution with more than 15,500 students.  We are a welcoming community committed to equity and diversity in our teaching, learning, and work environments.  In pursuit of the University’s Employment Equity Plan, members from the designated groups (Women, Aboriginal Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Sexual Minorities) are encouraged to apply and to self-identify. 

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


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