The simple answer is "No", but as usual there are caveats. According to the rules established by CFREF, any faculty member who's salary is supported by Tri-Council funds are ineligible to apply for Tri-Council (in our case NSERC) funds.
Instead, we have built into CPARC the ability to provide research funding for new faculty supported by CPARC. This means access to funding to support postdocs, students, some travel, and some additional research funding to make up for the absence of NSERC funds. The amount which has been budgeted is comparable to expectations for a junior faculty member. In addition, two of the positions at Queen's will be associated with CRC II Chairs, and one will be jointly funded through Perimeter Institute, so the funding model for these could be different. The funding model for these will need to be negotiated with the University. In addition, the partner Universities will eventually assume the full salary for each of these faculty positions, and at that point, the positions become NSERC eligible. Each institution has it's own plan for the migration of faculty from CPARC support into regular faculty ranks, and this progression should be discussed with the respective institutions.
There are pros and cons to the CFREF position on the eligibility of faculty members to apply for NSERC funds. In the Sub-Atomic physics community there is a fixed envelope of funds, and if the community were to quickly swell in number without additional funds at NSERC-SAP, then the funds available would be diluted across the larger community. However, by using CFREF funds to support new faculty members initially, we have time to work with NSERC to grow the funding envelope gradually, and to be able to adequately accommodate them in the future.
Yes. In addition, each partner University has pledged some level of commitment towards applications to CFI, and this is something to be discussed with respective institutions.
Each University is responsible for all aspects of the hiring process in accordance with their normal policies and procedures. CPARC does not interfere in any way with this process. However, it is up to CPARC to decide whether or not to fund the position, and this decision will be made on the basis of the alignment of the candidates research program with the CPARC program. To ensure that there are no surprises, a Faculty Appointments Advisory Committee has been struck by the CPARC Board of Management. This committee is comprised of members from the partner institutions within CPARC. The committee will review advertisements and the research programs of short listed candidates, and will make a recommendation to the board concerning funding of the position. The role of this committee is to determine whether or not potential candidates have a research program that is well aligned with CPARC program.
No. Each University will conduct its own search, and will respect the privacy of the candidates. The one caveat to this is that members of the Faculty Appointments Advisory Committee (FAAC) (with participation from institutions across Canada) will have access to the research proposals and CVs from all proposed shortlisted candidates. The FAAC is bound to not share or divulge any of the information so obtained outside of the committee deliberations.
We anticipate there will be 20 - 30 students supported by CPARC on an ongoing basis. Although CPARC is very active in promoting and funding opportunities for graduate students, the hiring process flows through the usual University or laboratory process. See this information also. We will also be developing new programs to enhance the educational experience, with International Ph.D. exchange programs and distributed learning.
You apply in the normal way by contacting prospective groups/professors at institutions you are interested in, finding the obvious links to their graduate studies web pages, and following the procedures.
Although CPARC is very active in promoting and funding opportunities for graduate students, the hiring process flows through the usual University or laboratory process. See this information also.
Technically you can contact faculty and apply at any time. Traditionally, students start a new program in September, but this is more a consequence of the transition from a B.Sc to graduate work. Most students are applying in January and February, and if you apply late in the process, there is always a chance positions will be taken. It is in your best interest to have contact with candidate groups, apply early, and ensure your application is complete quickly.
Undergraduate Student Opportunities
Great. We are developing a number of exciting programs for students at all stages of their careers. This is a work in progress, but we anticipate sponsorship for summer employment within our research groups, summer internships with industry, summer schools, amongst others. Please see information about these programs here. This is organized at Queen's University.
We will be advertising within the department at Queen's University. Typically this will occur in January/February, with the intent of having summer positions identified and filled by the end of February. These positions will also be posted on our web site here.
Since we are just launching the program, and have lots to do, at the moment this is uncertain, but we certainly hope to have something posted already in Jan/Feb 2017 for summer positions, and then a more complete program in subsequent years. More information will be posted here.