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Research Assistant Professor Position Available, School of Public Health and Health Systems
Posted: October 22, 2020
Shaping the direction of youth health with the COMPASS system
We are recruiting a Research Assistant Professor within in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo (Canada). The successful applicant will work directly with Dr. Scott Leatherdale and his team of researchers and stakeholders to advance the scientific agenda of the COMPASS system.
The COMPASS system (https://uwaterloo.ca/compass-system/) is a prospective cohort study (2012-2022) to collect hierarchical longitudinal data annually from ~55,000+ grade 9 to 12 students attending 100+ secondary schools in four Canadian provinces (Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia). Data are collected annually pertaining to substance use (tobacco, vaping, alcohol, cannabis, opioids), mental health (depression, anxiety, emotional regulation), weight status, physical activity and sedentary behaviours, sleep, eating behaviours, academic outcomes, and demographic characteristics (now includes COVID-19 specific measures). These COMPASS data can be used as repeat cross-sectional data or linked longitudinal data to evaluate how changes in programs, policies, or built environment resources within or surrounding schools (natural experiments) are associated with changes in these youth risk factors and outcomes over time.
The primary objectives of this position are to: (a) write scientific manuscripts using the COMPASS data (including methodological manuscripts); (b) write research proposals to expand and advance COMPASS in alignment with the scientific agenda of the research team, and (c) work with our government stakeholders to create timely evidence-products to help inform their decision-making. The scope of this position is broad and the successful applicant will be encouraged to work on multiple topic or methodological domains within the COMPASS system (e.g., developmental trajectories, statistical machine learning methodology, health program/policy evaluation), or develop a new project streams that align with the broader mission of COMPASS. The culture of the COMPASS research team is based on open collaboration, bi-directional mentorship, lifelong learning, and remembering we are all humans first. We foster taking chances, exploring new opportunities, and helping all team members develop as researchers and community members.
Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in a relevant area (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, economics) and have no more than 2 years of postdoctoral experience. Candidates should have strong scientific writing skills and strong quantitative analytical skills. Previous experience in youth health and/or program- or policy-relevant evaluation research is an asset. This is potentially a 2-year position with the possibility of renewal contingent on, among other things, performance and the availability of external funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.
Applications will be reviewed as received. This posting will remain open until the position is filled. The start date of the position is flexible. Applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities are encouraged and welcomed. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Interested applicants should submit an application electronically that includes a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests specific to the COMPASS system, up to three samples of peer-reviewed scholarly work, and the name of two referees to Dr. Leatherdale (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Scott Leatherdale, PhD, FAAHB
Professor, University of Waterloo Research Chair