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Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Health Equity | Date posted: August 4, 2022

As a strategic priority, the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada’s leading comprehensive university, supports research in social inequities in health. To further this strategic priority, FHS seeks applications for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health Equity with an anticipated start date of Fall 2023 or later.

At the intersection of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and community outreach lies SFU, Canada’s engaged university. With three campuses located in beautiful British Columbia’s largest municipalities—Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey—our students, faculty and staff are privileged to live, work, and play on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen Peoples.

Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top employers, SFU is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the pursuit of decolonization, indigenization and reconciliation. 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.”

The Opportunity

The Canada Research Chairs Program stands at the centre of a national strategy to foster research excellence in Canada and improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision.

This CRC appointment opportunity is intended for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. Applicants must be full professors or associate professors who are expected to be promoted to the full professor level within one or two years of the nomination. Alternatively, if they come from outside the academic sector, nominees must possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at these levels. They should have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers as well as maintain and enhance an original, innovative, high quality research program.

The Faculty of Health Sciences

FHS 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. FHS is committed to improving our understanding of racism as an independent and fundamental determinant of health.

The successful candidate will be supported by collegial interdisciplinary faculty who employ a range of approaches to understand complex relationships between social conditions and health, including Indigenous, community-based and social epidemiological methodologies. The successful candidate will join a diverse and dynamic team of more than 50 multidisciplinary faculty members and will have the opportunity to engage with and teach outstanding students in the PhD, MSc, MPH, and BA/BSc programs.

We are committed to creating an inclusive educational environment with supportive student-focused mentorship and learning. FHS maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, research centres, and provincial, national and international health and research agencies. Our community engaged research and teaching is exciting, inclusive, and at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary work in health and health equity. Faculty members actively collaborate to develop interdisciplinary research initiatives in our Research Challenge Areas.

The Successful Applicant

We seek an equity-focused scholar with a PhD or equivalent credential, who leads quantitative or mixed methods research, and whose research program focuses on the advancement of health equity, social justice, anti-racism and/or anti-discrimination in the domain of population and public health. We invite applications from candidates whose scholarship is grounded in critical race studies, critical feminist, post-colonial studies, anti-oppression, Indigenous health, Black studies, social justice, intersectionality, or other related theoretical frameworks.

An ideal candidate has a portfolio that emphasizes accountability of research through partnerships with decision-makers, individuals, and communities with lived or living-experience, and/or other knowledge users. Programs of research that align with the FHS cross-cutting core research themes and that align with one or more of our Research Challenge Areas will be prioritized. Evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration and engaged research will be considered a strength.

We additionally invite those whose scholarship is grounded in Indigenous knowledge, methodologies and/or epistemologies and whose scholarship might be distinct from Western academic traditions and/or follow ethical principles of community direction and governance. 

A partial list of potential research areas includes structural inequities as determinants of health; inequities within health-related institutions, services, and professions; and inequities in the context of other public health related issues, including health and social impacts of COVID-19 responses. Research Challenge Areas include Mental Health and Addictions; Infectious Diseases; Health Systems and Health Policy; Developmental Trajectories; and Planetary Change.

The successful applicant will be expected to engage in innovative research, work with individuals and communities with lived/ing-experience, build relationships with external stakeholders (e.g., in government, health systems, or NGOs), and assume a leadership role that bridges research strengths, knowledge mobilization, and policy or practice impact. Other expectations include undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision, mentorship of junior faculty members, and service to the Faculty and University.

How To Apply

To apply, applicants should provide:

  • A letter of application that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, including how you would contribute positively to SFU’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • An up-to-date, full curriculum vitae (include details of research and teaching, scholarly record, funding, and list of collaborations/partnerships);
  • A brief statement of research plans for the next 5 years (two page maximum)
  • A teaching and graduate student mentorship/supervision statement (two page maximum). The statement must detail experience and interests, and identify undergraduate and/or graduate courses of teaching interest with reference to existing FHS course offerings. It should also outline any contributions you expect to make to academic life in the form of service.
  • The names and email addresses of 3 academic and one non-academic referees

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g. parental leave, leave due to illness) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Applicants are encouraged to highlight in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions have had an impact on their career. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service, and nontraditional areas of research and/or research outputs; demonstrated experience in increasing diversity in the previous institutional environment, and in curriculum, is also an asset.

All applications should be submitted to:

Dr. Tania Bubela, Dean

Faculty of Health Sciences

Simon Fraser University

8888 University Drive

Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5A 1S6

Email: fhs_recruit@sfu.ca

Screening of applications will commence on October 3, 2022. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to fhs_recruit@sfu.ca.

This position is contingent upon the applicant receiving a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair prior to being appointed to a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at SFU.

The position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the University Board of Governors and the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS). The Tier 1 Canada Research Chair is tenable for seven years and may be renewed once, subject to the Chairholder demonstrating that they have achieved their objectives from their first term. Interested applicants are invited to review the initial appointment and chair renewal details of the CRC Program [link].

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. SFU is committed to ensuring that 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, ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University, and treat all employees equitably. Candidates who belong to equity-deserving groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. 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 the Specialist, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

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: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.html.

The Legacy for Airway Health Chair in Promotion of Lung Health

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is Canada’s leading comprehensive university. The Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is the largest hospital-based research organization in Western Canada and the 5th largest in Canada. In collaboration, SFU and the VCHRI seek applicants for The Legacy for Airway Health Chair in Promotion of Lung Health. This opportunity is intended for emerging scholars at the rank of assistant or associate professor (or those who possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed to these levels).

The Position

The primary focus of the Chair is research, education and leadership that addresses issues of vulnerability and susceptibility through an integrated program that promotes airway health. We seek a colleague to:

  • Engage in world-class quantitative research and education on this thematic focus, targeting population-level resiliency and adaptation to threats to lung health.
  • Establish a robust interdisciplinary, translational research program in one or more relevant areas including: climate change, occupational health, smoking/vaping, Indigenous health, and health literacy. Other foci consistent with the overall intent of the position will be considered.
  • Educate and equip the next generation of airway health researchers to become future leaders in this field.
  • Adopt an integrated knowledge translation lens, rooted in strong collaboration with affected parties, and inform development and implementation of policy and practice.

The successful applicant will:

  • Hold a PhD degree in a relevant field such as biostatistics, epidemiology, data science, informatics, exposure science, or public health; or hold an MD degree with graduate-level training in a relevant field.
  • Be eligible to hold a tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment at the University.
  • Have attained or have the potential to attain national, and ultimately international, recognition as a leader in airway health research.

The Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations at the SFU Burnaby campus. Created in 2005, The Faculty's 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 Faculty is committed to social justice, respect for human dignity, and equity. 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 maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, the First Nations Health Authority, research centres, and other health agencies.

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

VCHRI is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. VCHRI’s mission is to lead and excel in the generation of health knowledge through discovery, education, application and evaluation. The core values of VCHRI are integrity, accountability, collaboration, equity, and community/patient-focus.

Legacy for Airway Health (LAH)

LAH is embedded within VCHRI and its mission is to lead and accelerate the creation and translation of knowledge into world-class prevention of, and care for, persons living with asthma and COPD. LAH is rooted in the philosophy that remediating the huge burden of asthma and COPD requires strategic research to understand and apply evidence-based tactics for prevention and delivery of optimal care for those who suffer from these airway diseases.

Application Process

Please submit a letter of application, a full curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research plans for the next five years (three page maximum), and a teaching statement detailing teaching interests and experience (one page maximum). Please also provide the names and contact details of three academic references. SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted their careers.

These materials should be submitted electronically to fhs_recruit@sfu.ca with the subject “Chair in Promotion of Lung Health.” Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada in your letter of application.

The search committee will begin to review applications on September 30, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to Cheri Danton, FHS Confidential Secretary, at fhssecy@sfu.ca.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to SFU’s excellence as an engaged university. In keeping with SFU’s strategic vision, which pledges to foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect and to celebrate diversity among faculty, SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. SFU is dedicated to building a diverse faculty by advancing the interests of underrepresented groups, specifically women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and sexual and gender diverse communities. We strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply. We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated history of advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty. Please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. 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 the Specialist, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

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 see the Collection Notice.

Tenure Track Position in Quantitative Research on Racism and Health

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) seeks applications from early and mid-career quantitative scientists with an outstanding research record to be appointed as a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Racism and Health.  We seek a scholar who has a PhD or equivalent credential in a relevant field who has demonstrated strengths in using quantitative research to study racism, equity, and health. We invite applications from candidates whose quantitative scholarship is grounded in critical race studies, critical feminist, post‐colonial studies, anti-oppression, Black studies, social justice, intersectionality, or other related theoretical frameworks.

The ideal candidate has expertise in applying advanced quantitative methods to research on racism and health that is grounded in one or more of the theoretical frameworks above and aligned with the advancement of social justice and anti-racism. We welcome applicants from a wide range of quantitative disciplines, including but not limited to social epidemiology. We additionally invite those whose scholarship is grounded in Indigenous knowledge, methodologies and/or epistemologies and whose scholarship might be distinct from Western academic traditions and/or follow ethical principles of community direction and governance.  A partial list of potential research areas includes structural racism as a determinant of health, the embodiment of racism, racism within health-related institutions and professions, and racism in the context of other public health related issues. Programs of research that align with the FHS cross-cutting core research themes of social inequities, Indigenous health and global health will be considered strengths (https://www.sfu.ca/fhs/research/research-challenge-areas.html).

FHS 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 Faculty is committed to improving our understanding of racism as an independent and fundamental determinant of health. The successful candidate will be supported by collegial interdisciplinary faculty who employ a range of approaches to understand complex relationships between social conditions and health, including Indigenous, community-based and social epidemiological methodologies. 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. We are committed to creating an inclusive educational environment with supportive student-focused mentorship and learning.  FHS maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, research centres, and provincial, national and international health and research agencies. Our community engaged research and teaching is exciting, inclusive, and at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary work in health and health equity.   In addition to the cross-cutting core research themes listed above, faculty members actively collaborate to develop interdisciplinary research initiatives in six defined research challenge areas including policy and systems research, planetary health, mental health and substance use, infectious diseases, developmental trajectories, and big data.

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 should include a statement addressing their past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and/or service. 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. These materials should be submitted electronically to: fhs_recruit@sfu.ca.

The search committee will begin to review submitted applications on February 1, 2022, 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, transgender and non-binary people, persons with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, sexual minorities, 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 of this policy see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.html