SSHRC Canada Research Chair Tier 2 – International Trade Law

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Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 23:30

The University of Windsor invites applications for the position of a SSHRC Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 2 in International Trade Law at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure-track) with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2021. The rank will be assessed based on experience and qualifications.  The Faculty will be based on field of expertise. This position is subject to final budgetary approval and approval of the nomination by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat. The successful candidate will hold a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant or, where appropriate, Associate Professor in an Academic Administrative Unit (AAU) within the Faculty of Law or the Faculty of Science (Department of Economics), based on the successful candidate’s area of expertise and subject to the agreement of the relevant AAU. The successful candidate will also hold a hybrid appointment in the University of Windsor’s Cross-Border Institute (CBI), and will be expected to participate in CBI research and collaborate with CBI members.

The University of Windsor is a comprehensive, student-centred university with 15,500 students from more than 85 different countries enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including several professional schools. With a long history of being a regional collaborative hub, the student body, faculty, and staff of the University of Windsor reflect the diversity of the community and the world at large. The University’s strength as an internationally oriented, multidisciplinary institution actively enables a broad diversity of students, faculty, and staff to make a better world through education, scholarship, research and engagement. Located on the scenic Detroit River waterfront in Canada’s southernmost city, the University of Windsor provides a dynamic, supportive, diverse, and safe campus adjacent to urban amenities. For more information on the University of Windsor, please visit the University website at

The University of Windsor’s close proximity to the Windsor-Detroit border, the busiest trade crossing in North America, provides a unique perspective from which to observe, study, and understand logistical, economic, societal, human, cultural, political, legal, and trade issues associated with borders and border crossing. CBI is an internationally recognized centre of excellence in the study and scholarship of borders and border-crossing. CBI brings together a growing body of multidisciplinary researchers from a large number of departments and disciplines, including Political Science, Computer Science, Computer and Electrical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Business, Economics, and Law who are engaged in ground-breaking research and instructional and outreach activities associated with the most pressing issues and challenges affecting borders today. Areas of focus include modeling and simulation of border traffic delays and congestion; design and operation of border infrastructure and inspection plazas; sustainable urban transportation and land use modelling and policy; cross-border supply chain and trade analysis; real-time data acquisition systems, GIS, and intelligent transportation systems; economic impact of border performance and border infrastructure investments; human trafficking and other cross-border criminal activities; cross-border municipal and healthcare services and facilitation of medical research; cross-border payments and trade finance; preferential trade agreements; and border policy for customs, immigration and security.  The Faculty of Law has transnational law, along with access to justice, as its institutional themes and leverages its border location for comprehensive cross-border academic and clinical offerings.  The Department of Economics specializes in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics within a diverse and research-intensive Faculty of Science.

The successful candidate must be an internationally recognized or developing scholar in any area of international trade law. Scholars working on any aspect of trade law are encouraged to apply, though given our border location we particularly welcome candidates whose work engages, at least in part, with trade and/or cross-border business transactions in the North American context. The University values scholarship which is interdisciplinary in nature and which considers trade and trade policy in relation to other subject matters such as the environment or human rights. Developing scholars must have a research program that fits well within the collaborative research environment existing at the Cross-Border Institute. The Chair is expected to establish, conduct, coordinate, and lead research projects, while engaging with industry, community, and professional partners, and supervise undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows.

The following criteria apply to candidates being considered for this position:

  • Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have less than 10 years of experience from the completion of their PhD or appropriate terminal degrees of their fields at the time of nomination). Chairs, though prestigious, are considered regular faculty appointments and will have a home department within the Faculty of Law or the Faculty of Science (Department of Economics).
  • Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their PhD or appropriate terminal degrees of their fields (and where career breaks exist such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process; please contact the Office of Research and Innovation Services at for more information.
  • The University of Windsor requires that the candidate have a PhD or appropriate terminal degree of their field. For more information regarding eligibility criteria and program information, please consult the Canada Research Chairs website (
  • Applicants must not currently hold a faculty appointment at the University of Windsor.

The initial term of the CRC Tier 2 is five years with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance review and CRC policies and guidelines, which are described at Expiration of the CRC Tier 2 term will not impact upon the tenure-track appointment.

Application Requirements

  • a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status;
  • a detailed and current curriculum vitae;
  • a research dossier no longer than ten pages, describing the candidate’s research program and a detailed proposal for research in the next five years, as well as the fit to the research priority of International Trade Law and the Cross-Border Institute;
  • a teaching dossier no longer than five pages describing the candidate’s teaching philosophy and history;
  • statement on leading large-scale industrial collaborations and research projects, if any, as well as national or international recognitions;
  • specific information on competitive grants and research funding, if any, in the last ten years;
  • five (5) examples of scholarly work; and graduate transcripts; and
  • three (3) current letters of reference forwarded directly by the referees to the Office of the Provost at the address or email listed below.

Only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted. The short-listed candidates may be invited to provide further information in support of their applications. To ensure full consideration, complete an online application ( found on the job advertisement, and ensure letters of reference are submitted by the deadline date of October 31, 2019. Applications may be considered after the deadline date; however, acceptance of late submissions is at the discretion of the appointments committee.

When completing the online application, please reference
Position Number: 002185TT-2021-LAWSCICRC

Questions to be sent to:
K.W. Michael Siu, PhD, FCIC, FRSC, Vice-President, Research and Innovation,
University of Windsor, 401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4
Tel: (519) 253-3000 Ext. 3925, E-mail:

Reference Letters to be sent to:
Office of the Provost, University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4, Email:

The University of Windsor is a welcoming community committed to equity and diversity in our research, 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. We realize the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research and achievement. Candidates are encouraged to explain in their applications the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement. Further details on “Career Interruptions” may be found at CRC’s Guidelines for ensuring a fair and transparent recruitment and nomination process at If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Faculty Recruitment Coordinator ( Should you require further information on accommodation, please visit the website of the Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility ( All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Windsor is committed to employment equity and supports reaching and maintaining a diverse and inclusive representation amongst the Canada Research Chair holders at the University of Windsor along with the goal of excellence in research and Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) training and development. For further details on the University of Windsor’s commitment to CRC equity, diversity, and inclusion, please visit

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