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School of Public Health and Health Systems

Public Health Informatics

The School of Public Health and Health Systems in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo announces an opening for a tenure track faculty position in the area of Public Health Informatics and Data Systems.  The initial appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019.  In the case of an exceptional candidate, appointments at the rank of Associate Professor may be considered.

We seek an exceptional scholar with research strengths in one or more of the following areas: population health data systems, data science, use of large-scale/administrative data to support and evaluate policy and/or public health interventions, applications of artificial intelligence in public and population health, and/or population data analytics (e.g., disease surveillance, outbreak detection algorithms, and infectious disease modelling -- agent-based models, social network analysis, etc.).

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a discipline relevant to these areas of research (e.g., statistics, public/population health, applied mathematics, health economics, systems engineering, epidemiology, and computing science). A degree in public/population health, or experience working with a public health agency, will be an asset.  The successful candidate will be 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 a strength. Duties include research, teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels, service to the unit, and supervision of graduate students. Applicants whose research aligns with areas of strength in the School of Public Health and Health Systems would be especially appealing. 

The actual starting salary will be commensurate with rank of appointment, and based on qualifications, experience, and research record. The salary for an Assistant Professor ranges from $90,000 to $130,000; the salary for an Associate Professor ranges from $125,000 to $150,000. Negotiations beyond this salary ranges will be considered in exceptional cases.

The School of Public Health and Health Systems is an active, vibrant, and growing program. We currently have 38 faculty members, 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 specializations in Aging, Health and Well-Being, and Work and Health. We have built considerable research strengths in health informatics, population health, epidemiology, chronic disease prevention, global health, youth health, aging, public health nutrition, health behaviour, work and health, health program evaluation, and environmental health. Visit our website for more detail on programs and faculty profiles and for current positions available.

The closing date for applications is November 16, 2018. Three letters of reference will be requested for finalists for the position. Submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and separate statements describing your program of research, teaching and supervision experience, and list with name and email address of at least three references to: Dr. Craig Janes - Director, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue, Waterloo, Canada, N2L 3G1, School reception.  Alternatively, application materials and references may be sent electronically to Carol West Seebeck.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity and is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  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 in the recruitment process.

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Research Positions

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a charitable non-profit organization that partners with the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College, and Schlegel Villages to enhance the care and quality of life for older adults. Through collaborations with key partners and stakeholders, RIA supports practice-relevant research and knowledge mobilization. Research evidence is used to inform programs, education and training, and influence practice and policy.  The RIA team consists of 10 research chairs, 5 specialists, affiliated researchers, and staff members with a commitment to improved quality of life and care across the continuum of care.

RIA’s Research and Development sites include 19 long-term care and retirement communities, operating as Schlegel Villages ( Approximately 4,500 residents live in Schlegel Villages (SV), and their needs are supported by roughly 4,500 team members. The RIA team works with researchers, village team members, and residents to coordinate research within SV, enabling innovations to be trialed in these sites before being disseminated broadly to benefit older adults everywhere.

One of RIA’s core mandates is to be a leader in knowledge mobilization (KMb) in the field of aging, with the ultimate objective of enhancing quality of life and care for older adults. RIA defines KMb as the process by which research and the real world connect to each other, and includes dissemination and implementation activities informed by intentional interactions with stakeholders to ensure that scientific knowledge is practice-informed and practice and polices related to aging are evidence-informed. Stakeholders include, but are not limited to, older adults, researchers, formal and informal care partners, policymakers, students, and innovators.


The Project Officer, Knowledge Mobilization is responsible for coordinating research-to-practice projects within SV. He/she will provide coordination and communication supports to project teams (including research teams and knowledge users) at all stages of the research process (e.g., research coordination, piloting/implementation, scale, spread), including dissemination of results and development of KMb tools and resources. He/she will strive to engage stakeholders (e.g., older adults, researchers, formal and informal care partners, policymakers, students, innovators) throughout the process to ensure that relevant questions are investigated, key learnings are shared in meaningful ways, and opportunities to develop collaborative partnerships among stakeholders are recognized and pursued.


  1. Research Project Management

The Project Officer, Knowledge Mobilization will:

  • Manage the proposal submission process, and review project proposals against set criteria
  • Work with researchers to clarify any ambiguity in the design of the study, and work with village teams to assess readiness and feasibility of hosting proposed projects
  • Make recommendations to the Research Coordination Executive Committee about what projects should proceed in SV
  • Engage with researchers and SV teams to formulate practice relevant research questions, and develop project implementation/evaluation plans
  • Coordinate project meetings, by setting clear agendas, taking minutes, setting expectations and establishing role clarity for all stakeholders
  • Develop project charters to set and manage expectations, and establish role clarity for all stakeholders
  • Support and provide recommendations to project teams about pragmatic data collection methods that can be efficiently integrated into existing processes at Schlegel Villages
  • Use critical thinking to solve problems to facilitate projects through various phases of implementation, spread, scale and dissemination
  1. Knowledge Translation

The successful candidates will:

  • Support the execution of RIA’s Knowledge Mobilization strategy to build RIA’s reputation for high quality KMb products and services
  • Seek out creative opportunities to develop KMb products, tools and resources that may inform policy and program development
  • Work closely with the RIA team and other experts to develop content for these products
  • Facilitate the dissemination of project information, research findings, and KMb tools and resources
  • Assist in creating and testing a process model and guiding principles for implementation and commercialization in collaboration with RIA researchers and knowledge users
  • Assist in the development of evaluation plans, and carry out evaluation activities to demonstrate the impact of RIA’s KMb products, resources and services
  1. Communication with stakeholders

The successful candidates will:

  • Build context around key messages/research results by collecting, reviewing and summarizing information from various sources, including connecting with project teams, researchers, village teams, residents, and family members
  • Update RIA’s project database and develop reports as necessary to communicate the extent of RIA’s activities to key stakeholder groups
  • Tailor messages for different audiences, such as explaining complex scientific concepts in plain language
  1. Development of a culture of innovation and inquiry in Schlegel Villages

The successful candidates will:

  • Develop and enact strategies to raise RIA’s profile and promote RIA’s activities within SV, including developing collaborative relationships between village teams, residents, family members, and researchers
  • Provide leadership to the engagement of knowledge users throughout the research-to-practice process within SV (e.g., development of a network of “innovation champions”, etc.)
  1. Teamwork and Consultation

The successful candidates will:

  • Work as a collaborative member of the Research Coordination and Practice Integration team at the RIA
  • Work closely with researchers to support their knowledge mobilization needs
  • Work closely with Schlegel Villages teams and residents to support the implementation of applied projects and development of KMb tools and resources
  • Collaborate closely with other RIA team members to support ongoing RIA initiatives
  1. Other duties as assigned

The successful candidates will:

  • Take on a variety of RIA projects and activities, as they arise. 



The successful candidate’s educational background will include:

  • University degree (Master’s level preferred) in health sciences or a  related area
  • Training in Implementation Science and/or Knowledge Mobilization, preferably in the healthcare field
  • Training in evaluation and research design (not required, but would be an asset)


The successful candidate will have:

  • Approximately 5 years of experience supporting and leading Knowledge Mobilization activities, preferably  in a healthcare context
  • Experience working with researchers, health care providers, and older adults
  • An understanding of long-term care and retirement living operations as well as the needs within the long-term care and retirement living sector in Ontario


Research project management

The successful candidates will:

  • Demonstrate experience in coordinating research projects in complex healthcare environments
  • Have experience engaging members of a vulnerable population in the research process
  • Have a strong working knowledge of research design and research ethics

Knowledge translation

The successful candidates will:

  • Demonstrate experience in all aspects of knowledge mobilization, including:
    • Developing and implementing knowledge mobilization products (e.g., implementation guides, plain language summaries, newsletters, presentations, reports);
    • Supporting and implementing evidence-based programs;
    • Applying best practices in knowledge exchange (e.g., communications, education/training, toolkit development, stakeholder engagement, co-creation of products);
    • Communicating with diverse stakeholders and tailoring messaging for different audiences;
    • Consulting with relevant stakeholders using surveys, focus groups, social media, etc.
  • Be able to assess and make judgements about appropriate implementation frameworks and approaches for different contexts and settings
  • Be committed to staying abreast of best practices in knowledge mobilization to inform activities
  • Gather and use quantitative and qualitative feedback on programs and products to improve the quality of implementation to support dissemination and adoption.

Communication with stakeholders

The successful candidates will:

  • Have experience working with healthcare practitioners, researchers /academics, government officials, administrators and residents to develop relationships and achieve shared goals
  • Have experience coordinating stakeholder meetings, work groups and events (e.g., developing agendas, taking minutes, coordinating meeting logistics and moving strategic objectives forward)
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English (fluency in French is an asset but not required)
  • Have strong writing skills and a demonstrated ability to write in plain language, including experience writing grant applications, evaluation reports, and research summaries

Development of a culture of innovation and inquiry in Schlegel Villages

The successful candidates will:

  • Have an interest in, and passion for enhancing older adults’ quality of life and care
  • Have familiarity with the long-term care and retirement living sector


The successful candidates will:

  • Have excellent planning and time management skills, be able to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities in an organized, efficient, and detail-oriented manner
  • Have expertise in using Microsoft software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • The successful candidates will be required to obtain a police background/criminal record check for working with vulnerable populations.


  • Interpersonal Skills:  Communicate with RIA team members, researchers, representatives from all levels within Schlegel Villages, and older adults to ensure the effective coordination of research activities and implementation of knowledge mobilization strategies; Develop trusting relationships with all stakeholders; Represent RIA in a professional manner at all times.
  • Level of Responsibility: Responsible for ensuring effective research coordination and knowledge mobilization practices in a way that maintains the integrity of the RIA.
  • Decision-Making Authority: Identify successes and challenges while coordinating research projects and knowledge mobilization activities; engage in problem-solving with team members to optimize success and efficiencies; seek appropriate support for decision-making as needed.
  • Physical and Sensory Demands: Minimal demands typical of a position operating within an office environment; periods of extensive sitting at a desk and in meetings and concentrated use of visual senses; substantial repetitive keyboard/mouse movement; high sensory demands because of required concentration and attentiveness to detail and regular distractions and interruptions.
  • Working Environment:  Much of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about. The office is located in a comfortable indoor area.  The work is varied and assignments may change frequently.  Work will involve regular interaction with RIA and SV team members, researchers, and external partners/stakeholders. There are deadline pressures, while at the same time there is a demand for thoroughness and accuracy.  Occasional travel is required.


RIA invites applications (cover letter and resume) by October 8, 2018.  Please submit your application in one document by email to Susan Brown, Director of Research Coordination and Research-Practice Integration ( 

RIA welcomes applications from all qualified persons. RIA is an equal opportunity employer and is pleased to accommodate individual needs in accordance with the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).  If you require accommodation, please let us know in advance.