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For full-time staff employment opportunities in Applied Health Sciences, including Kinesiology, Public Health and Health Systems, and Recreation and Leisure Studies, visit the University of Waterloo's Human Resources My Career at Waterloo web site

Faculty positions

School of Public Health and Health Systems

There are currently no open faculty positions available.


Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging

The Department of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo (UW) and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging seek an exceptional scholar for a tenure track position in the field of Mobility and Aging. The initial appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor or in very special cases, Full Professor. 

The successful candidate must have a PhD or MD with interest and experience in advancing approaches to enhance safe independent mobility among older adults.  Ideally the candidate will have a track record of research related to the determinants of mobility and/or the consequences of age-related changes in mobility.  Desirable research areas include, but are not limited to; fall and injury risk reduction; approaches to improve balance and mobility; mobility, activity and health; assistive technologies; advanced diagnostics and monitoring; cognition and mobility; mobility and frailty; environmental determinants of mobility.  Preferably the candidate would have a track record of knowledge creation as well as applied research and knowledge translation. We welcome applicants from a broad range of fields including, but not limited to biomechanics, neuroscience, engineering, rehabilitation and health sciences.  The Schlegel Research Chair position secures a majority of time to be dedicated to research. Additional duties will include teaching and service to the Department of Kinesiology, 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 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 Department of Kinesiology and other Departments at the University of Waterloo.  The candidate will also have the most unique opportunity for advancing a program of translational research working within the new The Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging that is located on University of Waterloo’s north campus. The Centre is a partnership between 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). The 192-bed LTC home operates as one of the Schlegel Villages (The Village at University of Gates). The RIA building is home to RIA team members, faculty and labs.

The annual salary range for this position will be between $90,000 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 July 1, 2016. The start date will be September 1, 2016 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 W. E. McIlroy, Chair, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Canada (sent via e-mail to Denise Hay).  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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Recreation and Leisure Studies

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Research positions

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Postdoctoral fellow positions

School of Public Health and Health Systems

Postdoctoral Fellow 

A post-doctoral position focused on work, health and policy in the new sharing economy is available in the research group of Dr. Ellen MacEachen. This opportunity is part of a newly funded three-year CIHR funded study of occupational health risk and regulation opportunities in UberX ride sharing. This qualitative research study will examine how key UberX parties appraise and navigate workplace risks, public safety risk, and envisage appropriate regulation for a changing occupational health landscape. This study addresses an emergent and contested employment landscape of area of ‘gig’ work via digital platforms that is of intense interest to policy makers. A stakeholder group composed of senior policy makers will support and advise the study team.

The ideal candidate will have solid qualitative research methods experience and a background that has touched on labour relations, public health, occupational health, or policy. The post-doctoral fellow will coordinate the study and supervise and mentor graduate students. They will be involved in all aspects of stakeholder liaison, data collection and analysis, and research presentation. Opportunities are available for the fellow to lead independent analyses.

This is a full-time, one-year fellowship (with possible renewal up to three years) available immediately. Interested candidates should submit a CV, a 1-page statement of research interests, and names of at least two academic referees to Ellen MacEachen at

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The Health Data Science Lab at the University of Waterloo currently has an open postdoctoral fellow position in the area of personalized health data analytics for a minimum duration of 1.5 years. The ideal candidate must have a PhD in medical/biomedical/health informatics, computer science, statistics, or engineering. In addition, the ideal candidate should be well versed and experienced in machine learning, statistics, big data analytics, high-performance computing, SQL and/or NoSQL databases, data/information visualization, and health research. Expertise in these areas is best demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications.

This postdoctoral fellow will be expected to design and conduct research projects under Joon’s supervision, as well as to supervise and mentor the undergraduate and graduate students in the lab. Some administrative duties including lab management and computer server maintenance will be required as well.

Interested candidates should submit a CV, a 1-page statement of research interests, and electronic copies of up to three related publications to Joon (

For more information about the Health Data Science Lab, please visit

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Geriatric Health Systems Research Group, School of Public Health and Health Systems, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Ontario

Start date: open; 1 year contract

The Geriatric Health Systems (GHS) Research Group ( in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a full-time, one year fellowship (with possible renewal based on mutual satisfaction and funding availability). The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to conduct research, consultation and knowledge exchange activities for a project titled, Policy and Regulatory Issues in Enabling Technological Innovation (PRI-TECH). This project is part of a new national NCE -  Aging Gracefully across Environments using technology to Ensure Well-being, Engagement and Long Life (AGE-WELL; The position is available immediately, but the start date is negotiable. The position is based in Waterloo, Ontario. Some travel may be required.

ABOUT PRI-TECH: New technologies offer many possible benefits for the health and quality of life of older persons, but it is often difficult to make decisions about which technologies should be approved, how their use should be monitored, and how they should be paid for. For example, should “smart systems” used for remote health monitoring be regulated in the same fashion as medical devices? Should payment for these systems be the responsibility of health authorities, insurance companies, or consumers? This project will examine current policy and regulatory frameworks and developments that are relevant to the evaluation, regulation, and reimbursement of new technologies and innovations resulting from AGE-WELL. Recommendations will be made for how innovation in health technologies for seniors can be accommodated and stimulated within existing policy and regulatory frameworks, as well as how these frameworks might be modified to support safe adoption of promising and effective technologies.


  • Participate in the PRI-TECH research project under the direction of the primary mentor, Dr. Paul Stolee, and project co-lead, Dr. Don Juzwishin (Director, Health Technology Assessment & Innovation, Alberta Health Services).

  • Design, develop, and undertake research, consultation and knowledge exchange activities per the PRI-TECH research plan.

  • Develop relationships with stakeholders and knowledge-users, including policy makers, industry partners and consumers

  • Design new studies and proposals for additional research funding related to the overall programs of research of the AGE-WELL NCE and the GHS Research Group

  • Work on multiple aspects of research projects to develop skills as an independent researcher.

  • Preparation/submission of ethics applications; oversight of graduate students and research assistants

  • Knowledge translation and exchange activities such as scientific abstracts, manuscripts, and media releases, as well as presentations at AGE-WELL or PRI-TECH sessions and at scientific meetings.

  • Collaborate with AGE-WELL, NCE and other researchers.

  • The candidate will be encouraged to identify and develop their own areas of interest within the research program

  • Other opportunities for collaborative research may be available dependent upon interests, funding and time.


  • Newly graduated (within the past 5 years) PhD in a health research or health policy-related discipline

  • Experience in health technology and health technology policy, particularly with a focus on technology for older adults, would be definite assets.

  • Understanding of processes of technological innovation, evaluation, commercialization and adoption would be an asset.

  • Experience conducting research from design through to research publication, as well as preparing and delivering presentations to a range of audiences, and a demonstrated ability to work with other researchers, support personnel, and students in a collaborative research environment.

  • Experience in qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research

  • Good organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills and strong written and oral English communication skills are required.

  • Proficiency in written and oral French communication would be an asset.

  • To apply:

    Interested applicants should arrange to send a letter of interest (including a summary of research interests, and names of at least two academic references), curriculum vitae, and up to three publications or working papers to Dr. Paul Stolee, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1;

Feel free to contact Dr. Stolee or Sheila Bodemer, Research Coordinator, at 519.888.4567 extension 33160, with questions.

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