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School of Public Health and Health Systems

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Kinesiology

Neuromechanics 

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: http://uwaterloo.ca/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 May 1, 2018. The start date will be July 1, 2018 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: mailto:denise.hay@uwaterloo.ca.   Applicants should also provide names for four referees who would be willing to provide letters of support upon request from the search committee.

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.

“Three reasons to apply:

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Work and Health

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 or Associate Professor in the area of Work and Health.  The Department of Kinesiology is an inter-disciplinary department with a focus on optimizing health, preventing injury and illness, and extending the years of high quality life through understanding the cellular to societal implications of physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle. 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 or MD with evidence of an active research program within the broader area of Work and Health to complement the Department of Kinesiology’s existing strengths. We encourage applications from individuals across a range of possible disciplines and research themes focused on Work and Health. Potential areas of focus, though not exclusive, include: workplace health and wellness, organizational and industrial psychology, cognitive ergonomics, illness and injury prevention, workplace health promotion, return-to-work, vulnerable/at risk populations or workplace policies and practices.  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 research related to Work and Health. Collaborative opportunities exist not only within the Department of Kinesiology but also within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and across the University of Waterloo and its multiple research centers, such as the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD), Centre for Mental Health Research, Centre for Community, Clinical and Applied Research Excellence (CCCARE) and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).

The salary range for this position at the rank of Assistant Professor is $78,000 - $99,000.  The salary range for this position at the rank of Associate Professor is $99,000 - $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 April 1, 2018. The start date will be July 1, 2018 or as negotiated.

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.  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. 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).

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.

“Three reasons to apply:

University of Waterloo Faculty Association   https://uwaterloo.ca/faculty-association/why-waterloo

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Recreation and Leisure Studies

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Postdoctoral fellow positions

School of Public Health and Health Systems

Diverse Drivers of Antimicrobial Use and Resistance

One post-doctoral fellow position is available immediately, for a highly motivated individual with a background in qualitative and survey research methods, to lead CIHR-funded research examining diverse and non-traditional drivers of antimicrobial use and resistance in Canadian and other contexts.

We are seeking a highly qualified early career researcher to join the AMResilience project, an international consortium of researchers from Canada, Switzerland, and Sweden, funded through the Joint Programming Initiative for Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR). The AMResilience project aims to improve society’s ability to respond to increases and shifts in antimicrobial resistance, and enhance our capacity to undertake a transformation in practices, including toward more sustainable forms and levels of antimicrobial use. Through outreach activities to practitioners and decision makers, this project ultimately aims to inform management and policy to limit resistance across animal and human health.  A summary of the project, “Comparative assessment of social-ecological resilience and transformability to limit AMR in one health systems”, is available from Joint Programming Initiative for Antimicrobial Resistance (www.jpiamr.eu).

The incumbent will lead the day-to-day work of the CIHR-funded, Canadian part of AMResilience, including conducting participatory assessments with to identify factors associated with both successful and unsuccessful reductions in use and resistance.  The incumbent will work in collaboration with Dr. Shannon Majowicz (Canadian PI) and other consortium members (including other early career researchers project PIs), to investigate factors relating to antimicrobial use and resistance specifically by gathering the perspectives of diverse and non-traditional stakeholders.  The incumbent is expected to perform mentored independent research, and must have the ability to both define, direct, and complete a project, and to do so while incorporating input from consortium.

Requirements: We are seeking a strong methodologist with an aptitude for interdisciplinary applications and investigation of complex issues.  The incumbent must have a PhD degree in the fields of health, public health, or sociology (or closely related disciplines).  Additionally, we are seeking a candidate with the following qualifications and competencies, and candidates that meet multiple of these requirements will be prioritized:

  • Excellent track record of peer-reviewed publication;
  • Excellent English-language communication skills (including oral and written English);
  • Excellent initiative and the ability to manage multiple and shifting deadlines and competing priorities;
  • Experience applying a range of qualitative and survey methods to address different research questions; and
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary, collaborative environments. 

Note that the incumbent must be able to work independently and lead the qualitative methods aspect of the work, and that the incumbent is expected to bring advanced qualitative methods expertise to both the project and the consortium.  Although not essential, the following will be considered as additional assets:

  • Experience in the areas of health, public health, food, agriculture, medicine, or antimicrobial resistance;
  • A background in applied health research;
  • Experience leading multidisciplinary or community-engaged scholarship; and
  • Experience with mixed-methods approaches to public health, health, or complex social issues.

Research Environment: This position will be physically located within the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, a multi-disciplinary and diverse faculty focused on thinking and responding to the complex adaptive systems that affect health and health care.  The incumbent will work in close collaboration with researchers from the University of Waterloo and the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as international research partners from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and the University of Geneva. 

Specifics:  Annual salary depends on level of experience.  The position will start as a 12-month appointment; however, there is funding in place to renew the position for up to 2 additional years (3-year position in total), contingent on successful performance during the first 12 months.  An immediate start date is preferred, but can be negotiable (but no later than the end of March 2018).

Process: Applications should be emailed to Dr. Shannon Majowicz at smajowicz@uwaterloo.ca with a subject line heading of “JPIAMR PDF APPLICATION”.  Feel free to email Dr. Majowicz with any inquiries before submitting a formal application.  While the deadline for applications is February 23, 2018, review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.  To apply, please attach the following as a single PDF file:

  1. A cover letter, stating clearly how you meet the requirements of the position and why you are suitable for the project in question;
  2. A 1-2 page personal statement, describing your research interests, experience, and goals; why you are interested in the project described; and your research ideas for completing the project;
  3. A complete curriculum vitae; and
  4. Names and contact details for 3 references (NOTE: do not include reference letters. You will be asked to provide these if you are selected for interview).

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete and submitted before the deadline.  If you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to provide electronic copies of three of your most relevant works (e.g., published articles, no more than 3 files), and 3 letters of reference.  Interviews will be held over Skype or telephone.

Department of Kinesiology

Post-Doctoral Position: Fall-Related Injury Prevention in Older Adults
UW-Schlegel Research Institute for Aging (RIA), Safety Flooring Laboratory
University of Waterloo (UW), Department of Kinesiology, Injury Biomechanics & Aging Laboratory


One Post-Doctoral position is available immediately to contribute to Dr. Andrew Laing’s research
programs associated with fall-related injury prevention in older adults. This position will serve as a bridge
between Dr. Laing’s Safety Flooring Laboratory (based out of the UW-Schlegel Research Institute for
Aging) and the Injury Biomechanics and Aging Laboratory (associated with the University of Waterloo’s
Department of Kinesiology). 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 basic and clinically-oriented research streams will also
investigate factors related to mobility and fall risk patterns (and related predictive algorithms) that could
inform downstream intervention approaches.


Requirements: The incumbent must have a PhD in Kinesiology, Engineering, Neuroscience, Clinical
Science (or related area) and experience working with stakeholder groups including older adults, elder
care facilities, industry, 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 (physical test systems and/or computational simulations), probabilistic modeling
approaches, and/or epidemiological methods for population-based studies. Experience working with
research funding agencies, in addition to programming in Matlab, would be strong assets.


Research Environment: This position will physically 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 UW-Schlegel
Research Institute for Aging offices and laboratories, 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: http://www.the-ria.ca/research-education/. 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 (https://uwaterloo.ca/kinesiology/).


Specifics: Annual salary depends on level of experience. Funding is available initially for a 1-year
contract. Start date is negotiable but ideally would be no later than January 2018.
Process: Applications should be emailed to actlaing@uwaterloo.ca with a subject line of LAING-RIAPDF-
2017 (feel free to email Dr. Laing with questions before submitting a formal application). While
the submission deadline is December 17, applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is
found. As part of the application please attach as a single PDF file:


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

Research Positions