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Population / Public Health Scientist

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Deadline: May 31, 2016  11:59:00 pm

The Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The scientist being sought will have a research concentration in population/public health, equity and policy.

This population/public health scientist will have research skills and expertise relevant to population/public health, equity and policy. This may include, for example, population specific application of emerging approaches including new methods for assessing social determinants of health, targeted population health strategies ensuring equity, participatory research and community engagement, and interdisciplinary approaches that prioritize mixed methods, although the full spectrum of public health researchers are encouraged to apply. This position is part of a broader Cumming School of Medicine Strategy for Precision Medicine, including precision public health. Precision public health focuses on the targeted and detailed characterization of context-specific social determinants of health, so that targeted population-health interventions can be designed and delivered in ways that produce positive health impacts for specific populations.

This position offers an excellent opportunity to develop an independent research program with collaborative interactions in a multidisciplinary environment that encompasses the Department of Community Health Sciences, the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, the broader University, Alberta Health Services, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations.

As a faculty member this role includes 75% protected time for research, complemented by contributions in education, mentorship, and administrative service / leadership. Teaching duties will include undergraduate- and/or graduate-level courses within the Department of Community Health Sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to apply and be successful at provincial national grant agencies such as Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AI-HS), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Qualifications include a PhD (or equivalent), with at least 2-3 years of experience in research or research-related roles beyond the PhD, and a proven record of excellence in research as demonstrated by scholarly publications and the ability to compete successfully for funding. 

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

Ranked the 5th most livable city in the world, Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and one of the best cities in Canada to raise a family. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

Please submit your curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests including present and aspiring contributions to the field of population/public health, reprints of 2 relevant publications, and the names and addresses of three referees by May 31, 2016 to:

Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn
Head, Department of Community Health Sciences
University of Calgary
3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 4Z6

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

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