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School of Public Health and Health Systems

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Posted:  June 24, 2019

Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathophysiology, Tenure track Assistant Professor

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 Professor in the area of Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathophysiology with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2020.  In special circumstances, qualified candidates who are at the rank of Associate Professor may be considered.

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 on the Department of Kinesiology website.

The successful candidate must have a PhD with evidence of an active research program within the area of cardiovascular physiology.  We encourage applications from individuals across a range of areas of expertise or research themes including but not limited to: cardiovascular system regulation and function, myocardial biophysics and/or mechanics, cardiovascular imaging, cellular and molecular signaling, genomics/epigenomics, proteomics, cardiovascular disease, rehabilitation, mechanisms of damage and repair, heart and vascular health, exercise response and adaptation and elite performance.  Individuals planning to develop or having both fundamental and translational research streams are particularly encouraged to apply.  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 fundamental and applied health research.

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, 2019.

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 regards diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to employment equity and accessibility for all employees. As such, we encourage applications from women, Indigenous persons (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), persons with disabilities, members of diverse gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. At Waterloo, you will have the opportunity to work across disciplines and collaborate with an international community of scholars and a diverse student body, situated in a rapidly growing community that has been termed a “hub of innovation”.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will receive priority in the recruitment process.

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Recreation and Leisure Studies

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Postdoctoral fellow position

Posted: August 7, 2019

Post-Doctoral Position: Fall-Related Injury Prevention in Older Adults

University of Waterloo (UW), Department of Kinesiology, Injury Biomechanics & Aging Laboratory

Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA), Safety Flooring Laboratory

One Mitacs-funded Post-Doctoral position is available immediately to contribute to Dr. Andrew Laing’s research program associated with fall-related injury prevention in older adults. This position will serve as a bridge between Dr. Laing’s Injury Biomechanics and Aging Laboratory (associated with the University of Waterloo) and his Safety Flooring Laboratory (based in the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging). We are looking for an energetic and creative post-doctoral fellow to contribute to the development and implementation of novel lines of research related to injury prevention, falls, and mobility in older adults.

Research will aim to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions intending to reduce the risk of injuries in older adults. Complementary research streams will also investigate factors related to mobility and fall risk patterns (and related predictive algorithms) that could inform downstream intervention approaches. For general background, please visit Dr. Laing’s websites at: and

Requirements: The incumbent must have a PhD in Kinesiology, Engineering, Neuroscience, Clinical Science (or related area) and ideally experience working with stakeholder groups including older adults, elder care facilities, and multi-disciplinary research groups. Candidates are expected to demonstrate an excellent track-record of peer-reviewed publications. Relevant skills include expertise related to impact biomechanics, balance control, fall prevention, and/or ergonomics. Experience working with funding agencies, programming in Matlab, probabilistic modeling, and/or epidemiological methods would be strong assets. Mitacs Post-Doctoral eligibility must be met (Mitacs criteria).

Research Environment: This position will be based out of the Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging on University of Waterloo’s north campus. The Centre is home to the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, and includes Ontario’s first purpose-built teaching long-term care home which operates as one of the Schlegel Villages (The Village at University Gates). The incumbent will benefit from a multidisciplinary training and research environment spanning academia, elder care facilities, and industry. Details on RIA researchers and theme areas can be found at: Similarly, UW’s Department of Kinesiology utilizes multidisciplinary research approaches (e.g. biomechanics, neuroscience, physiology and nutrition) towards its aim of optimizing health, preventing injury and illness, and extending the years of high quality life (

Specifics: Annual salary will be based on Mitacs guidelines (up to $55k per year). Funding is available initially for a 2-year contract. Start date is negotiable but ideally would be no later than October 31, 2019.

Process: Applications should be emailed to Andrew Laing ( with a subject line of YOURLASTNAME-RIA-PDF-2019 (feel free to email him with questions before submitting a formal application). While the submission deadline is September 13, applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is found. As part of the application please attach a single PDF file (filename ‘YOURLASTNAME-RIA-PDF-2019’) including:

1.         A personal statement describing research interests, experience, and goals (< 2 pages)

2.         A complete curriculum vitae

3.         Names and contact information of three references

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