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Faculty positions

School of Public Health and Health Systems

Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia

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 at cwestsee@uwaterloo.ca).  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.

pplications 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 ).  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 ).  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

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Research positions

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Postdoctoral fellow positions

Propel Centre

Start date: negotiable

One year contract

The Propel Centre is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellows. Positions are available for qualified candidates from diverse fields (e.g., population health, health studies, planning, epidemiology, biostatistics, psychology) who are interested in advancing their research skills, productivity, and collaborations with science, policy and practice colleagues. The candidates will conduct work in tobacco control. They will lead and support peer-reviewed and other publications, and participate in the preparation and execution of grants and contracts. Candidates will work as members of interdisciplinary project teams, participating fully in scholarly activities. They will have access to quantitative and qualitative data sets for secondary analyses, including the national Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Survey (formerly the Youth Smoking Survey). They will also be able to contribute to and build on existing projects (e.g., smoking cessation interventions, healthy school communities, smoke-free spaces) and participate in existing networks and communities of research and practice.

Candidates must have excellent research and evaluation skills using quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed-methods studies, and have exceptional written and oral communication skills. They must be able to manage multiple concurrent projects, and be able to work with limited supervision. These positions present an excellent opportunity for interdisciplinary training, developing diverse skills in study design, measurement, theory and knowledge exchange, and developing collaborations with scientific, policy and practice colleagues across the country.

Propel is a Senate-approved centre of the University of Waterloo and a national research program of the Canadian Cancer Society. Propel exists to prevent cancers, other chronic diseases and their behavioural and environmental causes. Using an engaged scholarship approach, Propel improves the health of people and places by leading and catalyzing relevant and rigorous studies, and moving evidence into action. Policy, practice and research colleagues across Canada actively engage with Propel. Our in‐house team includes scientists and highly skilled research staff. Please see Propel's website for more information. 

Applications will be reviewed as received and this posting will remain open until the positions are filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native peoples, and persons with disabilities. The appointments are subject to the availability of funds. Please note that all applications are appreciated but only those under consideration will be contacted. Interested applicants should submit an application including curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, up to three samples of scholarly work and reference letters to:

Mari Alice Jolin, Associate Director, Planning

Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada  N2L 3G1

519-888-4567, ext. 36552 | majolin@uwaterloo.ca

School of Public Health and Health Systems

Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Population Health

CIHR Training Modernization Fellowship Opportunity

The School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS) at the University of Waterloo and Public Health Ontario (PHO), announce a one-year postdoctoral fellowship opportunity to commence no later than September 1, 2017. This fellowship is made possible by CIHR’s new “Training Modernization Program” http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/50032.html.

The successful applicant will be “embedded” in the offices of Public Health Ontario (PHO) in Toronto where they will work closely with the senior leadership team to support key strategic initiatives. Specifically, they will work within PHO’s mandate to provide scientific and technical advice to the government of Ontario, public health and other partners in one of two areas: implementation of the modernized Ontario Public Health Standards by public health units (PHUs) or assistance with the implementation of Ontario Patient’s First Act, 2016. 

During the course of the fellowship, the trainee will be provided with mentorship and support by faculty mentors in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS), the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs Office at the University of Waterloo, and by senior leaders at PHO.

Details of the placement:

  • Fellow stipend: A minimum of $70,000 per annum, plus benefits
  • Fellow professional development training and research allowance: $10,000 per annum for participation in an enriched pan-Canadian curriculum development process, national cohort meetings, and research-related expenses

Duration and time commitment

  • 12 months, commencing no later than September 1, 2017
  • At least 80% of the fellow’s time is spent embedded at the employer organization (PHO), with the balance of time spent with the academic mentorship team. Together, the health system and academic supervisors will provide technical and professional expertise and guidance to support the fellow’s pursuit of the impact goal (e.g., supporting them in applying their research and analytic skills to real world challenges), and facilitate access to required resources (e.g., data, colleagues and organizations), and fostering acquisition of enriched core competencies.

Key Dates:

  • June 30, 2017: Application deadline
  • September 1, 2017: The fellow must commence the fellowship by September 1, 2017
  • October 2017: First national cohort meeting in Toronto, ON of fellows and health system and academic supervisors (date TBD)

How to Apply:

Applicants should provide the following, no later than June 30, 2017, to Craig Janes, Director, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, 200 University Dr. Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, cjanes@uwaterloo.ca:

  • An academic CV
  • Complementing the information in your CV, a 1-page highlight of your top academic and professional accomplishments relevant to the CIHR’s program objectives.
  • A professional goals statement (1-page maximum) identifying short and long-term goals, including the value-add that the fellowship will bring in relation to these goals and your expectation of how the program will support your career and develop the “enriched core competencies” identified by CIHR-IHSPR (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/49883.html.
  • A statement of your interest in and/or experience with working within one of the potential project areas described above.

Background

Program of Work and Learning Environment:

The key objectives of the training program are to provide enhanced curriculum opportunities and support for a trainee who will be placed at the critical nexus of evidence and policymaking on current and emerging challenges to public health and the health system.

Skills development for the post-doctoral trainee will focus on 1) research and analytic skills, including public policy analysis, program and policy evaluation, and knowledge translation and 2) the professional skills of communication, mentorship, collaboration, trans-disciplinary interaction, network development, negotiation and sense-making, and understanding complex systems change and implementation science.  A substantive focus will be on the development of leadership within interdisciplinary teams, defined here as the ability of an individual to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of their community and/or the organization in which they work (PHAC core competencies).

The trainee will work in one of the following project clusters:

First, the MOHLTC is currently in the process of modernizing the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS).  The OPHS have the status of regulations and are the mechanism whereby the Minister of Health designates certain activities by local boards of health (aka public health units, or PHUs) to be mandatory under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act (i.e. Ontario’s public health legislative framework defining the mandate of local health departments). To give greater evidence-informed guidance to the field, the Ministry publishes protocols (which are also policy regulatory tools), guidance documents and other resources that provide assistance to local boards of health. See the Ontario Public Health Standards. As PHO is working closely with and supporting the Ministry OPHS redevelopment, it is reasonable to expect that the Ministry will look to its principal research and technical agency for research and knowledge translation support. This could involve systematic reviews and best practice guidelines development in support of OPHS implementation. A specific area of interest to PHO is support health equity in the context of OPHS implementation.

Second, The Patients First Act (December 2016) gives Ontario's 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) an expanded role, including in primary care and home and community care. This would improve and integrate planning and delivery of front-line services and increase efficiency to direct more funding to patient care within the existing system. The Act specifies statutory obligations for LHINs and medical officers of health as follows: ”A local health integration network shall ensure that its chief executive officer engages with each medical officer of health for any health unit located in whole or in part within the geographic area of the network, or with the medical officer of health’s delegate, on an ongoing basis on issues related to local health system planning, funding and service delivery”  http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=4054. Another project open to the trainee is to supporting PHO to define the LHIN planning process and role of medical officers of health to support this LHIN activity in population-based planning.  Supporting PHO to define a LHIN planning process to identify and address health inequities could be a special contribution of the Fellow.

During the term of the fellowship, the trainee will have the support of faculty at UW’s School of Public Health and Health System, and the Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs office at the University.  The trainee will have the opportunity as part of this process to inform the development of novel curricula at the University to support CIHR’s “enhanced competencies,” as well as to support professional skills development. The trainee will also have access to online professional training modules offered through UW’s Centre for Extended Learning

At the conclusion of the fellowship, the trainee will be asked to develop a capstone project (workshop, meeting, conference). The details of the capstone project will be developed with the trainee in accordance with their interests/area of work.

Eligibility and review criteria (minimum):

  • Fellows must demonstrate professional leadership potential and academic excellence.
  • Fellows must hold or expect to have completed a PhD in HSPR or a related field (e.g., economics, political science, epidemiology, public health, health social science) by the start date of the experiential learning opportunity.
  • Fellows must have obtained their doctoral degree no more than five years prior to the Start-Up Grant competition deadline.
  • Fellows must not be current or past employees of Public Health Ontario.
  • Fellows must not have received an offer of employment from Public Health Ontario or the university-based HSPR training program.
  • Fellows may be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or citizens of other countries.

The Objectives of the CIHR-IHSPR Training Modernization Program are to:

  • Establish new and/or deepen existing partnerships between university-based Health services-related doctoral training programs and health system and related employer organizations around shared goals and priorities for the purpose of co-developing pilot experiential learning opportunities for post-doctoral individuals;
  • Establish an initial national cohort of fellows (“Health System Impact Fellows”) and leaders from academic and health system organizations with a shared commitment to experiential learning for the purpose of fostering mentorship; professional development; knowledge exchange regarding promising practices for experiential learning; and opportunities for ongoing collaboration;
  • Contribute to the creation of an enriched pan-Canadian Health Services and Policy Research curriculum that provides fellows with training in an expanded set of competencies designed to accelerate their professional growth and better prepare them to embark on a wider range of career paths with greater impact.

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