Health Sciences

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Assistant or Associate Professor in Indigenous Health (Tenure-Track)

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Indigenous health. Applicants who are ABD or hold a PhD in a field related to Indigenous health, and whose research agenda is firmly tied to the health of Indigenous Peoples, are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Faculty of Health Sciences commitment to social justice and pursuant to our special program under s.42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to Indigenous applicants.

We seek a colleague with demonstrated and/or clear potential to develop a self-sufficient, dynamic, and robust research program in Indigenous health in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Candidates will show evidence of strong community collaboration in the conduct of research with Indigenous partners. The Faculty of Health Sciences supports diverse forms of scholarly contribution and achievement. We aspire to be respectful and inclusive of, and reward scholarship and teaching grounded in, traditional Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis methodologies and epistemologies and community-based research approaches.

A successful track record in obtaining external research funding, in addition to demonstrated expertise in knowledge translation and exchange, appropriate to the level of the scholar, will be considered assets. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in teaching and mentorship of graduate students, and specifically will be asked to develop and teach an introductory, undergraduate-level course on topics pertaining to Indigenous health with support from faculty and community knowledge assets.

This hire takes place in the context of dynamic reconciliation efforts underway at Simon Fraser University, [1] which include opportunities for faculty, staff and students to transform the university. Tangible transformations of space range from opening the Indigenous students’ center to student-produced campus murals. SFU maintains active programming, funding and support to help faculty members in efforts to decolonize curricula. SFU also has programs to expand undergraduate Indigenous students’ pathways into the university, as well as graduate fellowships to support Indigenous students. In the spirit of reconciliation, the Faculty of Health Sciences commits to provide a supportive environment to the successful candidate to support their vision and goals for Indigenous-centred, community-based research, which may require further transformations to institutional policies and process.  

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to social justice, respect for human dignity and equity.  Created in 2005, its mission is to improve the health of individuals and populations and to reduce health inequities through excellence in interdisciplinary research and education, in partnership with local, national and global communities. The successful candidate will join a diverse and dynamic team of more than 50 multi-disciplinary faculty members and will have the opportunity to engage with and teach outstanding students in the PhD, MSc, MPH, and BA/BSc programs. The Faculty of Health Sciences maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, the First Nations Health Authority, research centres, and other health agencies.

To apply for this position, please submit a full curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a brief statement of research plans for the next 5 years (three page maximum), a teaching statement (one page maximum), and the names and contact details of three academic references. Letters of support and/or membership of the individual in a First Nations, Inuit and Métis community/nation/organization may be submitted in support of the application. The teaching requirement for this position is three courses per year, thus the teaching statement must detail teaching experience and teaching interests. Submit these materials electronically to: fhs_recruit@sfu.ca.

The search committee will begin to review submitted applications on May 1, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled.  Indigenous applicants are encouraged to self-identify in their cover letter.  This may include provision of information in letter of support/confirming membership with a First Nation, Inuit, or Métis community/nation/organization; alternatively the applicant may provide a description of their family history that supports ancestral connection to an Indigenous group providing information about one’s status, affiliation, and/or current connection with a defined community or group.

Positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however; Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details of this policy see the Collection Notice.

[1] https://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/reconciliation/SFU-ARC%20Walk%20This%20Path%20With%20Us_Full%20Report_Sept5.pdf

Tenure Track Position in Implementation Science

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Simon Fraser University seeks applications from early and mid-career scientists or scientist-practitioners with an outstanding research record to be appointed as a tenure –track Assistant or Associate Professor in Implementation Science. We seek a scholar who has a PhD in a relevant field, and who has demonstrated strengths in combining theory and methods to study the implementation or scale-up of interventions or the adaptation of interventions among settings, regions, genders, or conditions to improve population and public health.

The ideal candidate has expertise in community-engaged or patient-oriented research across any of the research challenge areas in the Faculty of Health Sciences. These include Mental Health and Addictions; Infectious Diseases; Health Systems and Health Policy; Developmental Trajectories; Big Data and Social and Technological Innovation; and Planetary Change. Programs of research that attend to our core cross-cutting themes of global health, gender and social inequities, Indigenous health, and underserved communities will be prioritized.

The Faculty of Health Sciences was created in 2004 with a mission to improve the health of individuals and populations and to reduce health inequities through excellence in interdisciplinary research and education, in partnership with local, national and global communities and with a commitment to social justice. The successful candidate will join a diverse and dynamic team of more than 50 multi-disciplinary faculty members and will have the opportunity to engage with and teach outstanding students in the PhD, MSc, MPH, and BA/BSc programs. FHS maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, research centres, and provincial, national and international agencies. Our community engaged work is exciting and at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary work in health. The faculty includes three Canada Research Chairs, five Endowed Chairs, and eight additional faculty members with external salary awards.

To apply for this position, please submit a full curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a brief statement of research plans for the next 5 years (two page maximum), a teaching and graduate student mentorship/supervision statement (one page maximum), and the names and contact details of three academic and one non-academic references. The teaching requirement for this position is three courses per year, thus the teaching statement must detail teaching experience and interests and identify undergraduate and/or graduate courses of teaching interest with reference to the existing FHS course offerings. Please also outline any contributions to academic life in the form of service. Submit these materials electronically to: fhs_recruit@sfu.ca

The search committee will begin to review submitted applications on March 1, 2019, however, the position will remain open until filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) - Social Epidemiology

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Simon Fraser University seeks applications from early and mid-career scientists with an outstanding research record to be appointed as a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Social Epidemiology. We seek a scholar who has a PhD or equivalent credential in a relevant field who has demonstrated strengths in combining rigorous epidemiological methods with theory from the social sciences to study the effects social, structural, behavioral and/or environmental factors have on human health and well-being across the lifespan.

The ideal candidate has expertise in social epidemiology, principles of social justice, and community engaged scholarship across any of the Faculty of Health Sciences research challenge areas. These include planetary health, HIV and emerging infectious diseases, optimizing developmental trajectories across the life-course, policy and systems influence on health, mental health and substance use and harnessing Big Data and technological and social innovation for health. Training and experience in applying an equity framework in conducting research is a plus. In particular, programs of research that attend to our core cross-cutting themes of global health, gender and social inequities, Indigenous health, and underserved communities will be prioritized.

The Faculty of Health Sciences was created in 2005 with a mission to improve the health of individuals and populations and to reduce health inequities through excellence in interdisciplinary research and education, in partnership with local, national and global communities and with a commitment to social justice. The successful candidate will join a diverse and dynamic team of more than 50 multi-disciplinary faculty members and will have the opportunity to engage with and teach outstanding students in the PhD, MSc, MPH, and BA/BSc programs. FHS maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, research centres, and provincial, national and international health agencies. Our community engaged work is exciting and at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary work in health. The faculty includes three Canada Research Chairs, five Endowed Chairs, and eight additional faculty members with external salary awards adding natural community partnerships.

To apply for this position, please submit a full curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a brief statement of research plans for the next 5 years (two page maximum), a teaching statement (one page maximum), and the names and contact details of three academic references. Applicants are encouraged to describe how their research interests provides health equity perspective on human health and how it could engage community. The teaching requirement for this position is three courses per year, thus the teaching statement must detail teaching experience and interests and identify upper-level undergraduate and/or graduate courses of teaching interest. These materials should be submitted electronically to: fhs_recruit@sfu.ca

The search committee will begin to review submitted applications on March 1, 2019, however, the position will remain open until filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) - Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Together, the Beedie School of Business and Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) are actively building a diverse, welcoming and transformative community and invite applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the newly-emerging diverse and interdisciplinary field of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship beginning in September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

SFU seeks an exceptional emerging scholar for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with demonstrated potential for leadership and international recognition. SFU requires the successful candidate to have a PhD in a relevant field and applicants should bring an original program of research, a commitment to transfer knowledge, capacity to receive external funding as well as the potential for building successful research teams.

The Chair will take a significant role in furthering the social innovation mandate of SFU, the Beedie School and FHS in research and experiential learning. The Chair will conduct research and guide graduate and undergraduate students in social innovation and entrepreneurship research and practice. Social Innovation in the two faculties refers to strategies and services that address social needs, and include processes and products of innovation that enhance social well-being writ large.

The Chair will be located in either the Beedie School or FHS, or as a joint appointment. This position is contingent upon the applicant receiving a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e. candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, including maternity leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please see the CRC website for eligibility details or contact the office for Institutional Strategic Awards.

This position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval of the University Board of Governors and the CRC Secretariat. The Canada Research Chair Program sponsorship of this position is for five years and renewable once, after which the university is responsible. Interested applicants are invited to review the appointment and renewal details of the CRC program.

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g. maternity leave, leave due to illness, etc.) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them in their applications.

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty staff and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact Catherine Stoddard, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at catherine_stoddard@sfu.ca.

To apply, please provide

  • a cover letter
  • an up-to-date and full curriculum vitae
  • four examples of refereed published scholarly work
  • a proposed program of research (an outline of the proposed CRC research program over five years
  • an explanation of how the proposed research aligns with and advances SFU’s 2016-2020 Strategic Research Plan
  • a discussion of how this Chair would strengthen graduate training at SFU (2-6 pages single spaced)) and,
  • the names of four referees (with contact information) to cameron@thegeldartgroup.com.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To learn more about this exciting and challenging opportunity, please contact either Maureen Geldart or Cameron Geldart at 604.926.0005.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University Academic Appointment Competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

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