Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)

Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)


Applications are invited for the position of DIRECTOR of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) for a term of up to five years, beginning on July 1, 2021. This appointment is renewable.

PIMS is a consortium of universities designed to support the mathematical sciences through its distributed structure that includes sites at Simon Fraser University, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Manitoba, the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Victoria, and the University of Washington. PIMS is supported by these universities, the Federal Government of Canada through NSERC (the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council), and Provincial Governments.

The PIMS Director is expected to have a distinguished record of scholarship in the mathematical sciences and possess superior leadership and management skills. The Director provides leadership at all PIMS sites for all components of the Institute’s mandate:

  • promotion of research in the mathematical sciences
  • support of education, training and communication in the mathematical sciences
  • creation of links and partnerships between mathematical scientists in the academic community and the private and government sectors
  • enhancement and creation of mathematical partnerships within Canada and with groups throughout the world

The Director is responsible for the administrative management of the PIMS Central Office in Vancouver, is a member of the PIMS Board and Scientific Review Panel, ensures continued good relations with Canada’s federal and provincial governments and their appropriate agencies, and continues to explore new opportunities for growth with these and other agencies. The PIMS Director is expected to play a continued leadership role in PRIMA (the Pacific Rim Mathematical Association) and is also Director of the International Research Laboratory of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at PIMS. Comprehensive information on PIMS may be found at:

The new Director will normally have a faculty position at one of the Canadian PIMS universities. Outstanding external applicants would be considered for a faculty position at one of the PIMS affiliated universities.

A letter of application together with a CV (preferably 10 pages or less in PDF Format) should be emailed to with subject line containing only “Director Search and last name of the applicant”. The letter of application should describe your interest and qualifications and should include a statement related to equity, diversity and inclusivity (see further details below). Expressions of interest, enquiries, or nominations are welcome and can also be sent to the same address.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. PIMS welcomes applicants with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. In your application, please include a statement describing your experience working with diverse groups of colleagues and students, and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion within your discipline.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

The Search Committee will consider dossiers beginning on October 7, 2020. After this date, applications and nominations will be considered until the position is filled. Further information about this position may be found at: