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Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Public Health ‘Omics for Heart and Lung Innovation Date Posted: March 4, 2020 

Simon Fraser University is Canada’s leading comprehensive university. The Centre for Heart and Lung Innovation (HLI) at St. Paul’s Hospital is an interdisciplinary, translational clinical research centre that uses basic molecular and cellular research discoveries to develop innovative approaches to prevent and treat human disease. In collaboration, SFU and the HLI seek a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Public Health ‘Omics for Heart and Lung Innovation1 . This CRC appointment 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 Canada Research Chairs Program supports outstanding researchers in areas that will further their institution’s strategic research priorities. To meet the criteria of the CRC program, Tier 2 CRC applicants must be excellent, emerging, world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity and the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years. They should have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and should propose an original, innovative, high quality research program.

The Position

The successful applicant will be expected to build a research program in public health-relevant ‘omics that will enable identification of causal genetic, environmental, gene-disease, and geneenvironmental pathways, which in turn will lead to new preventive and/or therapeutic strategies for populations at risk for heart, lung and/or blood vessel diseases. They will provide leadership in ‘omics-related research of lung, heart and/or blood vessel diseases that will be recognized worldwide for innovation and population/public health impact. They will have a PhD or equivalent in fields related to ‘omics, bioinformatics, computational biology, systems biology, biostatistics, applied mathematics, or experimental medicine.

The successful applicant’s research program will foster interdisciplinary research at the HLI and SFU and promote active collaborations within and across the heart, lung and blood vessel communities. The research program may involve wet lab, dry lab or a combination of both. It should be relevant to one or more of the research challenge areas in the Faculty of Health Sciences, including Developmental Trajectories; Big Data and Social and Technological Innovation; and Planetary Change. 

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)

FHS 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 multidisciplinary 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 nine additional faculty members with external salary awards.

The Centre for Heart and Lung Innovation (HLI) HLI is a leading translational research centre in heart, lung and blood vessel diseases. It was recently ranked as the #1 research unit for COPD and #2 in sepsis research in Canada (http://www.expertscape.com/ex/copd (sepsis)). HLI is dedicated to bringing novel solutions to prevent and treat cardiopulmonary and critical illnesses. HLI is located within St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver and has over 50,000 square feet of space for both wet and dry laboratories. The successful applicant will join 40 other Principal Investigators (of whom ~50% are clinicianscientists) at the Centre and several other Canada Research Chairs (including 2 Tier 1 and 2 Tier 2 CRCs), who work at HLI.

Application Process

To apply, 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 references. The teaching statement must detail experience and interests, and identify undergraduate and/or graduate courses of teaching interest with reference to existing FHS course offerings. Please also outline any contributions you expect to make to academic life in the form of service.

These materials should be submitted electronically to: fhs_recruit@sfu.ca

The search committee will begin to review submitted applications on May 31, 2020. The position will remain open until filled. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to the FHS Confidential Secretary email: fhssecy@sfu.ca

This position is contingent upon the applicant being successfully awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. For this reason, only scholars with outstanding research records will be considered. Each Canada Research Chair is tenable for five years and may be renewed once. The position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the University Board of Governors and the CRC Secretariat. Interested applicants are invited to review the initial appointment and chair renewal details of the CRC Program.

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.

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 SFU’s 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 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, 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 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.

SFU respectfully acknowledges that it is located on the unceded ancestral and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl ̓ílwətaɬ (TsleilWaututh), q̓icə̓ y̓(Katzie), and kʷikʷəƛ ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations.

1 Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars, i.e. candidate 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 their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, including parental leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 CRC 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.

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Health Policy for Children and Youth Date posted: February 21, 2020 

Simon Fraser University is Canada’s leading comprehensive university. As a strategic priority, its Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) supports research in policy development and implementation to improve the health of children and youth through its Children’s Health Policy Centre. In support of that strategic priority, FHS seeks applications from early and mid-career researchers with an outstanding record to be appointed as a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Health Policy for Children and Youth.1 The appointment will be tenure-track and may be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

The Canada Research Chairs Program supports outstanding researchers in areas that will further their institution’s strategic research priorities. To meet the criteria of the CRC program, Tier 2 CRC applicants must be excellent, emerging, world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity and the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years. They should have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and should propose an original, innovative, high quality research program.

The Position

We seek a scholar who has a PhD or equivalent in a relevant social science discipline. The successful applicant will have demonstrated strengths in combining theory and methods to study the development and implementation of policy for children and youth, with the goal of improving population and public health. The successful applicant will be expected to engage in innovative research, build successful policy and related relationships with external stakeholders (e.g., in government, health systems, or NGOs), and gradually assume a leadership role that bridges research strengths and policy impact. Though a reduced teaching load (1.5 courses per year) will be provided during the term of the Tier 2 Chair, successful applicants will be expected to actively contribute to teaching in health policy and child/youth health, as well as supervising graduate students.

The ideal candidate will hold proven expertise in policy analysis research relevant to the health of children and youth across one or more of the research challenge areas in the Faculty of Health Sciences. These are Mental Health and Addictions; Infectious Diseases; Developmental Trajectories; Health Systems and Health Policy; Big Data and Social and Technological Innovation; and Planetary Change. Programs of research that amplify 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

FHS 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 nine additional faculty members with external salary awards.

Application Process

To apply, 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 statement must detail experience and interests, and identify undergraduate and/or graduate courses of teaching interest with reference to existing FHS course offerings. Please also outline any contributions you expect to make to academic life in the form of service.

These materials should be submitted electronically to: fhs_recruit@sfu.ca

The search committee will begin to review submitted applications on May 31, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

This position is contingent upon the applicant being successfully awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. For this reason, only scholars with outstanding research records will be considered. Each Canada Research Chair is tenable for five years and may be renewed once. The position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the University Board of Governors and the CRC Secretariat. Interested applicants are invited to review the initial appointment and chair renewal details of the CRC Program.

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g. maternity 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.

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 SFU’s 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 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, 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 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 Director of 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.

SFU respectfully acknowledges that it is located on the unceded ancestral and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl ̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓ic̓əy̓(Katzie), and kʷikʷəƛ ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations. 

1 Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars, i.e. candidate 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 their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, including maternity leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 CRC 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.

Assistant Professor in Health Ethics - Tenure Track Position

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University is seeking an exceptional scholar with expertise in ethical theory applied to population and public health for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Further focus on ethical theory applied to global health, infectious disease, and/or climate change health is desirable.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to establish a robust independent research program with a primary focus in the field of health ethics, attract research grants and publish their research in peer-reviewed venues appropriate to their discipline and topical expertise. Candidates should have demonstrated experience and a strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate curriculum development related to health ethics. At the undergraduate level, they should expect to teach courses in applied health ethics and the ethics of global health, infectious disease and/or climate change and health. They should also be able to teach graduate-level courses in these areas as well as propose new courses. Supervision of undergraduate Honours degree students, as well as graduate students will also be expected.

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.

Main duties of the post:

Research

  • Establish an independent research program centered on the field of ethical theory applied to population and public health;
  • Disseminate research findings by publishing high-quality scholarly research in peer-reviewed journals, books and other relevant channels, and through scholarly meetings or other knowledge translation activities;
  • Secure external funding in the form of research grants, fellowships, and/or consultancies; and
  • Respond to public enquiries related to their research activities.

Teaching

  • Provide leadership on the development and delivery of curriculum related to public health ethics at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Teach three courses during the academic year within the undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Successfully supervise undergraduate honours students as well as MPH, MSc and PhD students.

Service

  • Undertake service on FHS committees and contribute to the academic life of FHS and the wider community.

Qualifications:

Essential

  • a PhD or comparable qualification in a field relevant to ethical theory applied to population and public health (e.g., Philosophy, Bioethics, Medical Humanities)
  • demonstrated training, knowledge, and experience of topics, theories, and methodologies related to ethical theory applied to population and public health
  • proven track record of research in ethical theory applied to population and public health, including relevant, peer-reviewed publications from the last five years
  • experience in university-level teaching in public health ethics
  • teaching excellence
  • demonstrable capacity to work independently
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)

Desirable

  • track record in obtaining external funding for research
  • experience in working across disciplines
  • experience in curriculum development and innovative teaching methods
  • experience in successfully supervising undergraduate and/or graduate students

About the Faculty of Health Sciences:

The Faculty of Health Sciences is research-intensive and attracts approximately $7 million per year in research grants from Canadian and non-Canadian funders. Faculty engage in a broad spectrum of research approaches, methods of inquiry, and levels of analysis informed by the wide-ranging disciplinary expertise among FHS faculty including biostatistics, economics, epidemiology, immunology, international relations, medical anthropology, medical sociology, molecular toxicology, psychiatry, gender studies and public health. FHS now hosts the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal People’s Health, and maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, research centres, and provincial, national and international health agencies. Beyond the Faculty, SFU is home to a large community of scholars with health-related research interests in engineering, gender, sexuality and women’s health, biostatistics, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, kinesiology, psychology, gerontology, anthropology, sociology, Indigenous health and other disciplines. FHS produces a substantial body of research outputs, in the form of peer-reviewed papers in leading scholarly journals, books and book chapters, and policy reports, all of which are regularly cited in the local, national and international media.

Submission of Applications:

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

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.

To apply for this position, candidates should submit a full curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a writing sample, and a descriptive statement of teaching background, research activities, and any administrative and leadership experience. These materials, along with the names and contact information of at least three academic references should be submitted electronically to: fhs_recruit@sfu.ca, clearly noting ‘Public Health Ethics’ in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. In addition, only referees of shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and candidates will be notified if reference letters are requested.

Applications will begin being reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on February 15, 2020 with a position start date of September 1, 2020.