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For 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 web site (see All Applicants Career Search on left menu for external postings).

Faculty positions

School of Public Health and Health Systems

There are currently no open faculty positions available.

Kinesiology

Lecturer, Physiology and Metabolism

The Department of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo is seeking an exceptional educator for a teaching appointment at the rank of Lecturer. The successful candidate must have a PhD within a relevant discipline, experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and have broad expertise across relevant disciplines related to human physiology and metabolism. The initial appointment will be a Definite-term Lecturer for up to three years, and the incumbent may be considered for a future on-going appointment as Continuing Lecturer if he/she demonstrates outstanding performance in teaching. 

Successful candidates are expected to have a strong teaching portfolio with evidence of a commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching, and be able to teach a range of topics, including, but not limited to:  physiology, fundamental and clinical exercise science, metabolism, nutrition, research design and statistics. As well, applicants should have experience working in a variety of classroom settings, including undergraduate, graduate and be comfortable engaging groups ranging in size from 10 to >300 students.  They will be responsible for developing, teaching and administering up to six courses annually at the undergraduate level and graduate levels, mentoring/supervising teaching assistants, providing leadership on teaching innovation across the department and may be called upon to assist with other aspects of the program.

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 and management of illness and injury together with strategies, which optimize the health and physical performance of individuals. The department offers B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Kinesiology. Further information about the department can be found at https://uwaterloo.ca/kinesiology/.

The University of Waterloo is a vibrant community distinguished by teaching excellence and scholarship in teaching, with institutional support through its Centre for Teaching Excellence.  There is a strategic commitment to research-enhanced, technology-enhanced, and entrepreneurship-enhanced learning. The University of Waterloo excels at experiential learning, in part, through the world’s largest post-secondary co-operative education program. For the past two decades, the University of Waterloo has been recognized in a national reputation survey of universities as ‘best overall’, ‘most innovative’, and producing ‘leaders of tomorrow’.

The starting salary range for this position is $70,000 to $80,000 and will be based on previous experience and performance. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

The closing date for applications is April 24, 2015. The start date of the position will be July 1, 2015 or as negotiated.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a teaching dossier that includes teaching philosophy, experience, evaluations and sample syllabi ensuring the role of applicant is clearly denoted.   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 at: denise.hay@uwaterloo.ca).  Applicants should also provide names 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.

“Three reasons to apply: https://uwaterloo.ca/watport/why-waterloo.”

Lecturer, Biomechanics and Neuroscience  

The Department of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo is seeking an exceptional educator for a teaching appointment at the rank of Lecturer. The successful candidate must have a PhD within a relevant discipline, experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and have broad expertise across relevant disciplines related to human biomechanics and neural control of movement. The initial appointment will be a Definite-term Lecturer for up to three years, and the incumbent may be considered for a future on-going appointment as Continuing Lecturer if he/she demonstrates outstanding performance in teaching.

Successful candidates are expected to have a strong teaching portfolio with evidence of a commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching, and be able to teach a range of topics, including, but not limited to:  fundamental and clinical biomechanics, gait, neural and musculoskeletal control of human movement, research design and statistics. As well, applicants should have experience working in a variety of classroom settings, including undergraduate, graduate and be comfortable engaging groups ranging in size from 10 to >300 students.  They will be responsible for developing, teaching and administering up to six courses annually at the undergraduate level and graduate levels, mentoring/supervising teaching assistants, providing leadership on teaching innovation across the department and may be called upon to assist with other aspects of the program.

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 and management of illness and injury together with strategies, which optimize the health and physical performance of individuals. The department offers B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Kinesiology. Further information about the department can be found at https://uwaterloo.ca/kinesiology/.

The University of Waterloo is a vibrant community distinguished by teaching excellence and scholarship in teaching, with institutional support through its Centre for Teaching Excellence.  There is a strategic commitment to research-enhanced, technology-enhanced, and entrepreneurship-enhanced learning. The University of Waterloo excels at experiential learning, in part, through the world’s largest post-secondary co-operative education program. For the past two decades, the University of Waterloo has been recognized in a national reputation survey of universities as ‘best overall’, ‘most innovative’, and producing ‘leaders of tomorrow’.

The starting salary range for this position and the requested qualifications is $70,000 to $80,000 and will be based on previous experience and performance. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

The closing date for applications is April 24, 2015. The start date of the position will be July 1, 2015 or as negotiated.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a teaching dossier that includes teaching philosophy, experience, evaluations and sample syllabi ensuring the role of applicant is clearly denoted.  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 at: denise.hay@uwaterloo.ca). Applicants should also provide names 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.

“Three reasons to apply: https://uwaterloo.ca/watport/why-waterloo.”

Recreation and Leisure Studies

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo invites applications for exceptional teachers for a Definite Term Lecturer position (1-Year term with possibility of reappointment) in recreation and leisure studies, broadly defined, beginning May 1, 2015.

The successful candidate must have a MA Degree in recreation and leisure studies or an equivalent discipline, with additional training in teaching and pedagogical approaches preferred. Evidence of outstanding teaching in a variety of undergraduate courses to groups of 40 to 350 students, including online courses, is required. Applicants should have demonstrated teaching excellence in at least three of the following areas: leisure and well-being; leisure through the life course; play, creativity and child development; programming; and therapeutic recreation. Consistent with the University, Faculty and Department strategic plans, applicants must be able to foster and enhance the integration of critical thinking skills, experiential education approaches, problem-solving skills, and various forms of communication (presentations, written work, debates, etc.) into classroom pedagogy. Duties include teaching five or six undergraduate courses per year, some potential new course or course revision development to align with the Department’s new curriculum plan, and possible small scale contributions to honours thesis supervision and graduate committees. There is a possibility of approval as a Continuing Lecturer after a minimum three years as a Definite Term Lecturer or further renewal of the Definite Term Lecturer appointment. Salary range of $60,000 to $65,000 based on qualifications will be considered.

The closing date for applications is April 16, 2015. Three letters of reference will be requested for applicants invited for an interview. Electronic applications including curriculum vitae, cover letter, teaching statement, and referee contact information are encouraged and may be submitted by email attachment to Dr. Mark Havitz, Chair, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo at mhavitz@uwaterloo.ca with a copy to Sandy DeVisser, Department Administrator at sdevisse@uwaterloo.ca.

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.  

“Three reasons to apply: https://uwaterloo.ca/watport/why-waterloo.”

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Research positions

There are currently no open research positions available.

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Postdoctoral fellow positions

Two postdoctoral positions available

Evidence-to-action for comprehensive chronic disease prevention among youth: shaping the direction of youth health with the COMPASS system

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 and his pan- Canadian and international team of research colleagues and stakeholders for a 2-year training program associated with the COMPASS study.

The primary objective of these positions are to advance the program of research and practice associated with COMPASS, a longitudinal quasi-experimental research project following 50,000+ students from 89 secondary schools to evaluate how ongoing changes in policies, programs, or built environment resources are related to changes in multiple outcomes over time. The outcomes available in COMPASS include obesity, tobacco use (including e-cigarettes), alcohol use, diet, physical activity, bullying, sedentary behaviour, and marijuana use. Applicant(s) will be encouraged to work on any of the topic domains of interest within the COMPASS infrastructure. Additional details on the data available within COMPASS are available in print (http://ow.ly/LDFh1) or online (www.compass.uwaterloo.ca).

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in a relevant area (e.g., public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, economics) and have no more than 2 years of relevant postdoctoral experience. Candidates should have strong writing and quantitative analysis skills, with a primary interest in primary prevention or program- or policy-relevant  evaluation research. Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.

Interested applicants are also encouraged to consider applying for a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) for the 2015 competition: https://uwaterloo.ca/postdoctoral/funding-and-awards/banting-postdoctoral-fellowships/. Dr. Leatherdale will discuss 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. 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, 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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