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Queen's University

Managing Director, Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre



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The University was established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria in 1841 - twenty-six years before Canadian confederation. Classes were first held in 1842. The earliest degree-granting institution in the united Province of Canada, and the first to establish a student government, Queen's has reflected and helped shape Canadian values and policies, educating many of the country's most notable political and cultural figures. 

Queen's University is located in the heart of the community in historic Kingston, ON, midpoint between Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, the nation's capital.

Job Description

The Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC) at Queen’s University is seeking a Managing Director. 

Queen’s has received an investment of $63.7 million from the Government of Canada’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) to support the creation of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC) in Kingston Ontario.  CPARC will be a collaboration between seven Canadian universities and five research organizations that aims to establish the Centre as the world’s leading research group in the study of particle astrophysics. 

When fully operational, the research team of about 100 personnel, including faculty, research scientists, project managers, engineers, technicians, postdoctoral fellows and students will be supported by an administrative team led by the Managing Director. 

The primary goals of CPARC include:

  • Expand on the scientific culture at Queen’s University and its partner institutions  by building a powerful and integrated team working on all aspects of particle astrophysics
  • Create a research team with the critical mass and skills required to prepare and lead the next generation of increasingly challenging experiments to facilitate one or more global-scale next-generation detectors to be hosted at SNOLAB.
  • Help obtain maximal scientific output from the suite of experiments that are currently operational or under development at SNOLAB
  • Actively collaborate with industry to facilitate knowledge transfer and innovation.
  • Embed students at all stages of their careers in this enhanced scientific culture, while creating training opportunities through linkages to colleges, industries, and international exchange programs.
  • Engage non-expert audiences in SNOLAB research through outreach programs such as a Queen’s University visitor centre, public lectures and workshops for high school students and teachers. 


  • Advanced degree in business or science, and will possess seven to 10 years of experience in scientific/research program administration and management, stakeholder engagement, communications/knowledge mobilization and/or business/commercialization.
  • Proven prior experience with the operations of the academic sector, with research, budgeting and financial management/accountability processes, and with innovation policies and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the development of strategic and operational planning processes; oversee, monitor, track and evaluate organizational progress towards milestones and performance targets; and plan, deliver and report on strategic meetings and events.
  • Excellent leadership skills, strategic thinking abilities, computer proficiency, operational skills, oral and written communications, interpersonal/emotional intelligence skills and be experienced in the provision of supporting organizational decision-making.
  • Extensive national contacts and the ability to speak both official languages, English and French, would be assets in this role
To Apply:

Please click and apply to position number 2016-436.  Please be sure to follow the instructions under the ‘Application Procedure’ link. 

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.   In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. 

The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at 

To comply with Federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information about how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens/ permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship, however, all applications must include one of the following statements: I am a Canadian citizen/permanent resident of Canada; OR, I am not a Canadian citizen/permanent resident of Canada. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

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Queen's University
Posting Date: 19-Dec-2016Research Administration Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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