Canada Excellence Research Chairs

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program is funded by the three federal research funding agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This program offers eligible Canadian, degree-granting institutions an opportunity to establish highly funded research chairs in the Government of Canada’s ST&I priorities for the CERC and CFREF programs.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • strengthen Canada’s ability to attract the world’s top researchers, in order to be at the leading edge of breakthroughs in ST&I priority areas expected to generate social and economic benefits for Canadians;
  • help Canada build a critical mass of expertise in ST&I priority areas identified by the Government of Canada;
  • create a competitive environment to help Canadian institutions, in their pursuit of excellence in their research, attract a cadre of world-leading researchers; and
  • contribute to branding Canada as a location of choice for world-leading research, science and technology development, alongside other federal programs with similar objectives.

Through the CERC program, Memorial University will have an opportunity to strengthen our research culture and reputation by recruiting new faculty members with exceptional research records.

Current Opportunities


CERC Observational Physical Oceanography
CERC Next Generation Communication Technologies
CERC in Cultural Heritage Knowledege Integration in Ocean and Maritime Studies

Previous Postings

CERC Exploration and Development of Critical Minerals