Canadian university job listing limited to 'equity-seeking groups'

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On Friday, the Physics Department at the University of Guelph began its search for a new research chair, however their help wanted ad stated clearly that not everyone was welcome to apply.

Regardless of their credentials, anyone not belonging to a member of an “equity seeking group” was told to keep scrolling.

The ad for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Experimental Physics, posted to the University Affairs job board, informs potential applicants that their immutable characteristics are paramount.

“Candidates,” it states, “must be from one or more of the following equity-seeking groups to apply: women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and racialized groups.”

Upon establishing the required melanin content and genetic makeup, the department explains that candidates must also have qualifications in the realm of physics. For those in academia, a PhD and professorship is necessary, while those not in the academic sector must show that they have the ability to be appointed.

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