Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, Law, Technology and Innovation

  • University of Ottawa
  • Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis-Pasteur Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 9A7, Canada
  • Nov 13, 2023
Full-Time Faculty and Research Instructors and Tutoring Teacher

Job Description

Job Family:

Academic Leadership and Faculty

Union affiliation:



Faculty of Law - Common Law Section_FT


Main Campus

Date Posted:

November 08, 2023

Closing Date:

January 04, 2024

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above

Faculty Position and University Research Chair in Law, Technology and Innovation

The Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor to commence July 1, 2024. The successful applicant will be nominated for a University Research Chair (URC) in Law, Technology, and Innovation. The applicant must be an exceptional researcher who leads a recognized or very promising interdisciplinary research program focused on legal issues arising at the intersection of law, technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and policy, and could include the role of law in addressing the accelerating changes in technology that impact our culture, the economy, the world of work and business, the environment, or other domains, as well as social inequities that arise from these changes. The goal of this chair is to increase innovation, intensity, and impact of research in the field of technology law, while developing wide-ranging interdisciplinary partnerships with researchers, policymakers, and a broad range of interested parties. The successful applicant will hold a permanent regular position in the Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law in the English Common Law Program or in the French Common Law Program, where they will be expected to establish a strong, externally funded, collaborative and interdisciplinary research program that will support the University’s Strategic Research Plan in the areas of Shaping the Digital World and Advancing Just Societies, and contribute to the advancement of equity, diversity and inclusion in research, as well as in the supervision and research training of graduate students (LL.M., Ph.D.).

The Faculty of Law is proud to serve as the home-base for the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, a leading interdisciplinary research centre in the area of law and technology. The Centre has close partnerships with the Faculty’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, and the Institute for Science, Society and Policy. The successful applicant will be able to contribute to the activities of the Centres and – depending upon their proposed area of research – to the activities of other research institutes and centres at the University of Ottawa such as the Public Law Centre, the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability, the Research Centre on the Future of Cities, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Black Health, the Nexus for Quantum Technologies Institute or the Cyber Hub.

Located on the unceded ancestral lands of the Omamiwiiniwug Algonquin nation, the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa boasts 75 full-time faculty members in its Common Law Section and 35 in its Civil Law Section, which combined with its six research centres, 15 chairs, and three laboratories, fosters an exceptional intellectual environment for study (or learning), research and teaching. Our graduate programs include a general master’s degree (LL.M.) and master’s degrees with the following concentrations: international humanitarian and security law; global sustainability and environmental law; international trade law and foreign investment; feminist and gender studies; health law, policy and ethics; and law and technology. We also offer a doctoral program in law (Ph.D.).

The University Research Chairs (URC), tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional researchers or acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. URC nominations are adjudicated on the level of research excellence of the nominee, and the quality and originality of the proposed research program; the potential to achieve international recognition in the field, to attract and retain excellent students and trainees, to create a more equitable, diversified, and inclusive research environment; and on the relevance of the research program to the University’s Strategic Areas of Research. Each URC receives a $25,000 annual research stipend from the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation. Up to $5,000 of the stipend may be used as a salary supplement to the nominee. The University recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and that these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process of the URC adjudication.

Preferential hiring 

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. In accordance with the University’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, we strongly encourage applications from skilled and experienced members of the four designated groups (such as Indigenous peoples, individuals who are racialized, persons with disabilities, women and gender minorities as defined in the CRC Program method for establishing equity targets and the Employment Equity Act), as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively implement equity measures that ensure and retain diverse teams and promote inclusive practices for research team members.As part of this preferential hiring process, applications from members of the four designated groups will be prioritized and assessed first for the vacancy.. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential self-identification form during the application process online (located in the online application portal).

Skills requirements:

  • Education: LL.M. or Ph.D. in Law is preferred (or equivalent).

  • Required Qualifications: superior research achievements in the URC’s identified area(s) and proof of interdisciplinary collaborations, a solid record with respect to teaching and training of students at the graduate level, the ability to obtain external research funds, and excellent communication skills in either English or French. Passive knowledge of the other official language in Canada is a requirement for tenure. English-French bilingualism is an asset.

Rank and salary: Regular tenure-track academic appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. For additional information, please visit the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO) Collective Agreement 2021-2024.

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses. For additional information, please visit Collective agreement - Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (

Location of work: Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Application Package:

  • A cover letter;

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (Please include any personal circumstances and/or career interruptions such as parental or sick leaves that may have impacted your research trajectory. These will be taken into consideration in the selection process);

  • A research plan (2 to 3 pages);

  • A statement of teaching interests (1 to 2 pages);

  • A statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion philosophy and concrete practices (1 page);

  • The names and contact details for four references (i.e. established authorities in the field who are not in conflict of interest with the candidate). You do not need to provide any reference letters when submitting your application.

Application deadline: December 15, 2023.  The selection process will begin immediately after the closing date and will continue until the position is filled.  Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Complete applications should be submitted through the University of Ottawa Careers application portal.

Questions concerning this position may be sent to

Applicants currently employed in legal education elsewhere are encouraged to contact the dean directly and in confidence at for further information.

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples in Canada, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse, and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations by email at Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language.

Prior to May 1, 2022, the University required all students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as defined in Policy 129 – Covid-19 Vaccination. This policy was suspended effective May 1, 2022 but may be reinstated at any point in the future depending on public health guidelines and the recommendations of experts.