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Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia, School of Public Health and Health Systems, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Waterloo, Ontario
Deadline September 1, 2017

The School of Public Health and Health Systems in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo (UW) and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) seek an exceptional scholar for a tenure track position in the field of Dementia, with a particular focus on applied research on new and transformational models of care. The initial appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

The successful candidate must have a terminal research degree (Ph.D, M.D. or equivalent) in their discipline, with research strengths and interests in advancing approaches to living well with dementia from provider, caregiver, client, and system perspectives. Desirable research areas include promotion of self-care and autonomy for those living with dementia; environmental and system barriers to living well with dementia; person-centered approaches; and, an interest in research to understand more about the dementia experiences from those living it and their care partners. Commitment to knowledge mobilization and translation is a must. The candidate should have some familiarity with long-term care and retirement living.

We welcome applicants who have taken an interdisciplinary approach to gerontology/geriatrics, and are particularly interested in those with a background in the social and behavioural sciences.  Experience and interest in a variety of methodologies (quantitative and qualitative) is preferred.  It is expected that the successful applicant will work within a collaborative team of researchers working in a range of applied research areas.  The Schlegel Research Chair position secures a majority of time to be dedicated to research. Additional duties will include teaching and service to the School of Public Health and Health Systems, the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and the University of Waterloo. As a result, candidates are expected to have a strong portfolio of scholarly research, evidence of ability to obtain extramural funding, and to 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 a multidisciplinary team within the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, the School of Public Health and Health Systems, and other departments at the University of Waterloo. The candidate will  also have the unique opportunity to advance a program of translational research working within the  new Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging, which is located on University of Waterloo’s north campus. The Centre is a partnership between the RIA, Schlegel Villages, University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College. The Centre includes Ontario’s first purpose-built teaching long-term care (LTC)  home, which is connected to a research and training building (the RIA building). Here the candidate will work with other Schlegel researchers/chairs whose foci include nutrition and aging, vascular aging and brain health, geriatric medicine, dementia, frailty, nursing, clinical epidemiology, mobility, and technology for independent living.

The annual salary range for this position will be between $100,000 and $150,000.  Salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, research record and rank of appointment.  Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

The closing date for applications is September 1, 2017. The start date will be January 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 Craig R. Janes, Director, School of Public Health and Health
Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Canada (sent via email to Carol West- Seebeck at 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.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. 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.

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