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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 Careers at Waterloo web site

Faculty positions

School of Public Health and Health Systems

There are currently no open faculty positions available.

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Neuromechanics,  Department of Kinesiology

Posted: January 29, 2019

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 neuromechanics.  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 at the Department of Kinesiology:

The successful candidate must have a PhD with evidence of an active research program within the area of neuromechanics of human movement. 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 multidisciplinary teams. Research opportunities exist not only within the Department of Kinesiology and its new 20,000 ft2 Applied Research facility but also within the several related research centres such as the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorder, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.  We welcome applications from individuals across a range of possible disciplines and research themes related to human movement including, but not limited to: biomechanics, neuroscience, neuromuscular control, muscle mechanics, bioengineering, biomedical science, sport performance, injury mechanisms and/or rehabilitation.  Individuals planning to develop or having both a fundamental and applied focus of neuromechanics research are particularly encouraged to apply. Primary duties include research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and supervising graduate students. 

Based on qualifications, the salary range for this position will range from $90,000 to $130,000.  Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

The closing date for applications is April 15, 2019. The start date will be July 1, 2019 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. Please send via email to Denise Hay at:   Applicants should also provide names for four referees who would be willing to provide letters of support upon request from the search committee.

If you have any questions regarding the position, the application process, assessment process, eligibility, or a request for accommodation during the hiring process, please contact Professor W.E. McIlroy, Chair, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Canada (or send email to Denise Hay at: 

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 (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) peoples, 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 positions

Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Ontario

Posted: November 21, 2018

Start date: January 2019; 15-month contract

The Propel Centre is accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship. A position is available for consideration by qualified candidates from diverse fields (e.g., population health, program evaluation, public health, health studies, planning, social sciences) who are interested in advancing their evaluation, research, and knowledge exchange skills as well as collaborations with science, policy, and practice colleagues. The successful candidate will participate in a diverse set of scholarly activities, including peer-reviewed publications, innovative knowledge mobilization (e.g., interactive web-based platform with accompanying social media, community of practice design and facilitation, arts-based approaches), and population health intervention research and capacity building.

Candidates must have excellent research and evaluation skills using quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed-methods studies, and have exceptional written and oral communication skills. They must be able to manage multiple concurrent projects, and be able to work with limited supervision. Expertise in mental health promotion, system thinking, population health intervention research, knowledge exchange, communities of practice, participatory approaches, and/or evaluation required. Subject matter expertise is desired in one or more of four streams within mental health promotion: early years, school-based, youth transition years, and Indigenous youth.

Propel is a Senate-approved centre at the University of Waterloo, with a pan-Canadian mandate for improving the health and well-being of people and places at a population level. Propel has three inter-dependent programs: health planning and evaluation, user-oriented surveillance, and innovative knowledge mobilization. Using an engaged scholarship approach, Propel improves the health of people and places by leading and catalyzing relevant and rigorous studies, and moving evidence into action. Policy, practice and research colleagues across Canada actively engage with Propel. More information about Propel is available on the website:

Applications will be reviewed as received and this posting will remain open until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities. The appointment is subject to the availability of funds. Please note that all applications are appreciated but only those under consideration will be contacted.

Interested applicants should submit an application including a covering letter, curriculum vitae, and up to three samples of scholarly work to:

Mari Alice Jolin, Associate Director Planning
Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences,
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada  N2L 3G1
519-888-4567, ext. 36552 |

Research positions

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