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Faculty positions

School of Public Health and Health Systems

Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia (reference #681470)

The School of Public Health and Health Systems in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo (UW) and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) seek an exceptional scholar for a tenure track position in the field of Dementia, with a particular focus on applied research on new and transformational models of care. The initial appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. 

The successful candidate must have a terminal research degree (Ph.D, M.D. or equivalent) in their discipline, with research strengths and interests in advancing approaches to living well with dementia from provider, caregiver, client, and system perspectives. Desirable research areas include promotion of self-care and autonomy for those living with dementia; environmental and system barriers to living well with dementia; person-centered approaches; and, an interest in research to understand more about the dementia experiences from those living it and their care partners. Commitment to knowledge mobilization and translation is a must. The candidate should have some familiarity with long-term care and retirement living.

We welcome applicants who have taken an interdisciplinary approach to gerontology/geriatrics, and are particularly interested in those with a background in the social and behavioural sciences.  Experience and interest in a variety of methodologies (quantitative and qualitative) is preferred.  It is expected that the successful applicant will work within a collaborative team of researchers working in a range of applied research areas.  The Schlegel Research Chair position secures a majority of time to be dedicated to research. Additional duties will include teaching and service to the School of Public Health and Health Systems, the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and the University of Waterloo. As a result, candidates are expected to have a strong portfolio of scholarly research, evidence of ability to obtain extramural funding, and to demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching.

In addition to advancing a personal research program, candidates will have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team within the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, the School of Public Health and Health Systems, and other departments at the University of Waterloo.  The candidate will also have the unique opportunity to advance a program of translational research working within the new Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging, which is located on University of Waterloo’s north campus. The Centre is a partnership between the RIA, Schlegel Villages, University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College. The Centre includes Ontario’s first purpose-built teaching long-term care (LTC) home, which is connected to a research and training building (the RIA building).   Here the candidate will work with other Schlegel researchers/chairs whose foci include nutrition and aging, vascular aging and brain health, geriatric medicine, dementia, frailty, nursing, clinical epidemiology, mobility, and technology for independent living.

The annual salary range for this position will be between $100,000 and $150,000.  Salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, research record and rank of appointment. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

The closing date for applications is September 1, 2017. The start date will be January 1, 2018 or as negotiated.

Applications should include a statement of research interest and teaching experience, overview of the applicant’s anticipated 5-year research plan and curriculum vitae.   These materials should be sent electronically to the attention of Professor Craig R. Janes, Director, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Canada (sent via email to Carol West-Seebeck). Applicants should also provide names and contact information for four referees who will be willing to provide letters of support upon request from the search committee.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Kinesiology

Work and Health (reference # 645833)

The Department of Kinesiology, in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, is seeking an exceptional scholar and researcher for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Work and Health with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018.

The Department of Kinesiology is an inter-disciplinary department with expertise spanning the scientific study of human movement. A main focus of the department is to discover and explain mechanisms and principles of human movement and to apply this knowledge to the prevention of illness and injury using strategies that optimize health and physical performance. The department offers B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Kinesiology. Further information about the department can be found at http://uwaterloo.ca/kinesiology/.

The successful candidate must have a PhD or MD with evidence of an active research program within the broader area of Work and Health to complement the Department of Kinesiology’s existing strength in the area of Physical Ergonomics and Injury Prevention. We encourage applications from individuals across a range of possible disciplines and research themes focused on Work and Health. Potential areas of focus, though not exclusive, include: organizational ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, human factors, workplace health and wellness, illness and injury prevention, health promotion, return-to-work, vulnerable/at risk populations, health and safety workplace policies and knowledge translation.  Duties include research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and supervising graduate students. 

Successful candidates are expected to have a strong portfolio of scholarly research, including peer-reviewed publications, and provide evidence of potential for excellence in teaching and obtaining external funding. In addition to advancing a personal research program, candidates will have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team engaged in research related to Work and Health. Research opportunities exist not only within the Department of Kinesiology but also within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and its multiple health research centers, including the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Based on qualifications and hired at the rank of Assistant or Associate, an annual starting salary will range from $90,000 to $130,000.  Actual starting salary will be commensurate with rank of appointment, qualifications, experience and research record.  Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

The closing date for applications is October 1, 2017.

Applications should include a statement of research interest and teaching experience, overview of the applicant’s 5 year research plan, cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference.  These materials should be sent electronically to the attention of:  Professor W. E. McIlroy, Chair, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Canada (sent via email to Denise Hay).  Applicants should provide names and contact information for four referees who will be willing to provide letters of support upon request from the search committee.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Human Cardiovascular Physiology (reference # 645863)

The Department of Kinesiology, in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, is seeking an exceptional scholar and researcher for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Human Cardiovascular Physiology with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018.

The Department of Kinesiology is an inter-disciplinary department with expertise spanning the scientific study of human movement. A main focus of the department is to discover and explain mechanisms and principles of human movement and to apply this knowledge to the prevention of illness and injury using strategies that optimize health and physical performance. The department offers B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Kinesiology. Further information about the department can be found at http://uwaterloo.ca/kinesiology/.

The successful candidate must have a PhD with evidence of an active research program within the area of human cardiovascular physiology. We encourage applications from individuals across a range of areas of expertise or research themes focused on cardiovascular physiology.   Individuals with a focus that includes applied research directed to health and/or performance are particularly encouraged to apply.  The ability to teach in areas including cardiorespiratory physiology and/or exercise physiology is considered an asset.  Duties include research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and supervising graduate students. 

Successful candidates are expected to have a strong portfolio of scholarly research, including peer-reviewed publications, and provide evidence of potential for excellence in teaching and obtaining external funding. In addition to advancing a personal research program, candidates will have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team engaged in applied health or clinical research as part of the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and the new Centre for Community, Clinical and Applied Research Excellence.

Based on qualifications and hired at the rank of Assistant or Associate, an annual starting salary will range from $90,000 to $130,000.  Actual starting salary will be commensurate with rank of appointment, qualifications, experience and research record.  Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

The closing date for applications is October 1, 2017.

Applications should include a statement of research interest and teaching experience, overview of the applicant’s 5 year research plan, cover letter and curriculum vitae.  These materials should be sent electronically to the attention of:  Professor W. E. McIlroy, Chair, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Canada (sent via email to Denise Hay mailto:denise.hay@uwaterloo.ca).  Applicants should provide names and contact information for four referees who will be willing to provide letters of support upon request from the search committee.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Human Motor Control and Learning (reference # 645847)

The Department of Kinesiology, in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, is seeking an exceptional scholar and researcher for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Human Motor Control and Learning with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018.

The Department of Kinesiology is an inter-disciplinary department with expertise spanning the scientific study of human movement. A main focus of the department is to discover and explain mechanisms and principles of human movement and to apply this knowledge to the prevention of illness and injury using strategies that optimize health and physical performance. The department offers B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Kinesiology. Further information about the department can be found at http://uwaterloo.ca/kinesiology/.

The successful candidate must have a PhD with evidence of an active research program within the area of motor learning that could focus on control theory, skill acquisition and/or neurorehabilitation. We encourage applications from individuals across a range of possible disciplines and research themes such as systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, and neurorehabilitation.  The ideal candidate will combine behavioral, computational and/or neurophysiological techniques to explore human motor learning and control.  Individuals that have an applied research component that could include a focus on performance or health are particularly encouraged to apply.  Duties include research, service, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and supervising graduate students. 

Successful candidates are expected to have a strong portfolio of scholarly research, including peer-reviewed publications, and provide evidence of potential for excellence in teaching and obtaining external funding. In addition to advancing a personal research program, candidates will have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team engaged in applied research as part of the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and the new Centre for Community, Clinical and Applied Research Excellence.

Based on qualifications and hired at the rank of Assistant or Associate, an annual starting salary will range from $90,000 to $130,000.  Actual starting salary will be commensurate with rank of appointment, qualifications, experience and research record.  Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

The closing date for applications is October 1, 2017.

Applications should include a statement of research interest and teaching experience, overview of the applicant’s 5 year research plan, cover letter and curriculum vitae.  These materials should be sent electronically to the attention of:  Professor W. E. McIlroy, Chair, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Canada (sent via email to Denise Hay mailto:denise.hay@uwaterloo.ca).  Applicants should provide names and contact information for four referees who will be willing to provide letters of support upon request from the search committee.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Recreation and Leisure Studies

There are currently no open faculty positions available.

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Canada 150 Research Chair Positions

Canada 150 Research Chairs (tenured or tenure-track)

Located in the heart of Waterloo region, the University of Waterloo is at the forefront of innovation, and home to world-changing research and inspired teaching. At the hub of a growing network of global partnerships, Waterloo will shape the future by building bridges with industry and between disciplines, institutions and communities. From quantum computing and nanotechnology to climate change and sustainable communities, engineering, health sciences and the digital economy, ideas that will change the world are at the heart of who we are.

uWaterloo is seeking exceptional scholars and researchers for a number of Canada 150 Research Chair opportunities. Chair appointments in any one of our six Faculties (Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environment, Mathematics, or Science) are possible.

Candidates will have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline, with relevant professional designation or licensure. The candidate will propose an innovative program of high-quality research. Evidence of an exceptional research program and supervising graduate students is required. Ability to provide leadership and a desire to collaborate with other researchers in closely related fields is required.

Duties include research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, service to the unit, and the supervision of graduate students. The successful candidate will have a reduced teaching load during the term of the Chair.  Salary will be commensurate with credentials and experience.

Successful candidates will be appointed to a full-time tenure or tenure-track position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor within a relevant department/school. All candidates are subject to review by the Canada 150 Secretariat, and appointment as a Chair is conditional on their approval (www.canada150.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/). The University of Waterloo is committed to providing candidates with the support required to secure the research chair.

To be eligible, researchers who are working and residing outside of Canada, including Canadian expatriates, are eligible for the program. Candidates will be outstanding scholars with an international reputation. The University understands the impact that legitimate career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and encourages candidates to explain in their application the impact this may have on their record. Contact the Office of Research for full Canada150 program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

The closing date is August 1, 2017. Send curriculum vitae, cover letter and a list of up to five sample publication references, in confidence to: Dr. Charmaine Dean, Vice-President, University Research, Office of Research, University of Waterloo at canada150-chairs@uwaterloo.ca.

The University of Waterloo is committed to equity and respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

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Postdoctoral fellow positions

School of Public Health and Health Systems

Two Post-Doctoral Positions Available

Modeling the impact of policies and programs on youth substance use

In partnership with the Applied Research Division (ARD) at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), two post-doctoral positions are available in the School of Public Health & Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, Canada. The applicant(s) will work with Dr. Scott Leatherdale (COMPASS) and the Director of the PHAC-ARD for a 1-year (renewable) training program using data from the COMPASS study to explore how substance use related prevention programs and policies impact youth substance use (alcohol, cannabis, tobacco) over time.  

As an overview, COMPASS (2012-2021) is a longitudinal quasi-experimental research project following 60,000+ students from 100+ secondary schools in Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, British Columbia, and Nunavut to evaluate how ongoing changes in prevention policies or programs are related to changes in multiple outcomes over time. The main outcomes available in COMPASS include Cannabis, Obesity, Mental health, Physical activity, Alcohol use, Smoking (including e-cigarettes), and Sedentary behaviour. Additional details on COMPASS are available in print or online .

The primary objective of these positions are to use the longitudinal COMPASS data to address two domains PHAC has identified as priorities: alcohol use and the co-occurrence of cannabis and tobacco use. Interested applicants will be expected to work with PHAC and Dr. Leatherdale to develop a program of research in one of these domains. Over the course of the position, applicants may also be encouraged to explore additional data systems for advancing policy-relevant analyses in the relevant domain of inquiry (e.g., the International Alcohol Control pilot in Ontario). 

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in a relevant area (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, public health) and have no more than 2 years of prior post-doctoral experience. Candidates should have strong writing and quantitative analysis skills; prior experience with quasi-experimental, hierarchical, and/or longitudinal models is an asset. Successful applicants will be required to apply for a NSERC fellowship program. Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills. Dr. Leatherdale will discuss the NSERC component of this opportunity with appropriate candidates.  

Applications will be reviewed as received. This posting will remain open until the positions are filled. The start date of the position is flexible but Sept. 2017 is encouraged. I welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. 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 study and the domain of interest, up to three samples of scholarly work, and the name of two referees to:

Scott Leatherdale, PhD  
Associate Professor, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Applied Health Research
sleather@uwaterloo.ca    

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