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Faculty positions

School of Public Health and Health Systems

Canada Research Chair - Mental Health

The School of Public Health and Health Systems in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo is seeking an exceptional scholar and researcher for a Tier II Canada Research Chair and tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Mental Health, from the perspective of public and population health and health systems, beginning as early as July 1, 2016, but a later start date may be negotiated.

Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in a relevant Health Sciences field, and whose research will complement School strengths, which are in global health, child and youth health, work and health, epidemiology, aging/gerontology, health policy, and complex health evaluations.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a regular member of the School and will be subsequently nominated for a Tier II Canada Research Chair. Nominations for Canada Research Chairs (CRC) are subject to review by the CRC Secretariat and appointment as a CRC is conditional on their approval (see the CRC terms of reference). The University of Waterloo is committed to providing the candidate with the support required to successfully secure the CRC.

The successful candidate will have obtained their PhD or equivalent within ten years of their nomination to the CRC position and will be an outstanding emerging scholar with a demonstrated potential to achieve a significant international reputation in the next five to ten years. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program's Tier 2 justification process.  Please consult the CRC website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.  The candidate is expected to propose an innovative program of high-quality research that will attract external funding and excellent graduate students. Evidence of an actively developing research program and successful record of Tri-Agency funding is required. Ability and desire to partner with School faculty in closely allied fields is a must. Duties include research, teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels, service to the unit, and supervision of graduate students. The successful candidate will have a reduced teaching load during the term of the CRC.

The successful candidate will join an active, vibrant, and growing program.  We currently have 36 faculty, and offer research-focused MSc and PhD degrees in Public Health and Health Systems; a BSc in Health Studies; a Bachelor of Public Health; professional Master’s degrees in Public Health, Health Evaluation, and Health Informatics; and collaborative PhD programs in Aging, Health and Well-Being, and in Work and Health. Visit the School of Public Health and Health Systems website for more details on our programs and faculty.

The annual salary range for this appointment will be between $90,000 and $130,000. Salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, competence, research record, and rank of appointment.  Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, separate statements describing your current and intended future program of research as a CRC in Mental Health, teaching and supervisory experience, and a list with name and email addresses of at least four references no later than March 15, 2016 to:  Craig Janes, Director, School of Public Health and Health Systems, B.C. Matthews Hall, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, N2L 3G1.  Applications may also be submitted electronically to the School of Public Health and Health Systems via e-mail: sphhsreception@uwaterloo.ca. Please indicate in your letter that you are applying for the Tier II CRC in Mental Health position.  Letters of reference will be solicited for short-listed candidates. Completed applications will be screened as soon as they are received. 

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: http://uwaterloo.ca/fauw/why.”

Health Informatics

The School of Public Health and Health Systems in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo is seeking an exceptional scholar for a J.W. Graham Information Technology Emerging Leader Chair in Applied Health Informatics.  The successful applicant’s PhD research will have focused on an area of digital health. The appointment is tenure track, and will be at the rank of assistant or associate professor. The anticipated start date may be as early as July 1, 2016, but a later start date can be negotiated.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in health informatics or a related discipline.  Training and research experience in statistics/quantitative health science, computer science, systems engineering, or software engineering will be an asset. Experience with classroom teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as graduate student mentorship, will be a plus.

Although researchers in all areas of health informatics or related disciplines will be considered, we seek a colleague who can complement the School’s existing expertise in aging, public health, and health systems research. Hence, training and/or research experience in the following areas will be a strong asset: mHealth, public health informatics, the internet of things, information visualization, health data analytics, big data, social media data mining, health communication, and health system economic analysis.  Duties will include research, teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels, service to the unit, and supervision of graduate students. The University of Waterloo and the School place a high value on teaching excellence.  The successful candidate will have a reduced teaching load during the five-year term of the Chair.

The successful candidate will join an active, vibrant, and growing program.  We currently have 36 faculty, and offer research-focused MSc and PhD degrees in Public Health and Health Systems (which includes a track in health informatics); a BSc in Health Studies; a Bachelor of Public Health; professional Master’s degrees in Public Health, Health Evaluation, and Health Informatics; and collaborative PhD programs in Aging, Health and Well-Being, and Work and Health. Visit the School of Public Health and Health Systems website for more detail.  In addition to our growing program in health informatics, we have built considerable research strengths in population health, epidemiology, chronic disease prevention, global health, youth health, aging, public health nutrition, health behaviour, work and health, and environmental health. The School maintains a Practice Centre in health informatics with strong, applied connections to the health sector.

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

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and separate statements describing the program of research, teaching and supervision experience, and a list with name and e-mail address of at least three references to: Director, School of Public Health and Health Systems, B.C. Matthews Hall (LHN 2717), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, N2L 3G1. Alternatively, application materials and references may be sent electronically to the School of Public Health and Health Systems via email: sphhsreception@uwaterloo.ca. Please indicate in your letter that you are applying for the Health Informatics position. Screening will begin immediately upon receipt of a complete application.  Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2016.

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: http://uwaterloo.ca/fauw/why.”
 

Kinesiology

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.

“Three reasons to apply: http://uwaterloo.ca/fauw/why.”

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Recreation and Leisure Studies

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Postdoctoral fellow positions

School of Public Health and Health Systems

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dietary Assessment: Methodology and Applications to Surveillance, Epidemiological and Intervention Research

The School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, in partnership with Alberta’s Tomorrow Project, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work in the area of dietary assessment. The successful applicant will be based at the University of Waterloo and will work primarily with Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick, as well as interacting with Dr. Paula Robson at Alberta Health Services and other members of the Tomorrow Project team.

Diet has long been considered a priority for the prevention of cancer and other chronic conditions. However, building a robust evidence base in this area is hampered by methodological challenges in accurately assessing diet. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects related to dietary assessment, including evaluation of tools and methods as well as analysis of dietary intake data to assess relationships between diet and health, dietary patterns among populations, and the effects of interventions on diet. The fellow will function as a junior investigator, participating fully in research and related scholarly activities, including the development of funding applications and peer-reviewed publications. He or she will also have the opportunity to mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

Applications are invited from recent graduates with a PhD in nutrition and experience developing and/or evaluating dietary assessment tools and/or working with primary or secondary dietary intake data. Applicants should have an excellent academic record and a beginning record of publication. Funding is available to support a one-year fellowship, with possibility of renewal. The base salary range is $60,000 CAD per annum plus benefits, with an allowance of $5,000 to support the candidate’s research, including travel to scholarly meetings. The successful candidate will be encouraged to apply for competitive funding.

The School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo is a vibrant and interdisciplinary department with an emphasis on addressing the major public health challenges of our time. The successful candidate will join an active and growing program of research focused on enhancing the evidence on nutrition and health through robust measurement.

Alberta’s Tomorrow Project is a large longitudinal study that aims to follow the health of Albertans (ages 35 to 69) for up to 50 years. The Tomorrow Project was launched in 2000 and is supported by partners at the provincial (Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and Alberta Health Services) and national (Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project) levels. As part of its strategic plan, the Tomorrow Project is leading the effort to identify suitable tools for the assessment of diet in the larger Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, which aims to follow 300,000 Canadians to uncover the causes of cancer and other chronic diseases.

To apply: please submit an electronic application consisting of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, up to three samples of scholarly work, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo at sharon.kirkpatrick@uwaterloo.ca.

The position will be advertised until a suitable candidate is identified (posted March 18, 2016).

The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, native peoples, and persons with disabilities.

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