Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Population Health Data Science

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Ottawa West, ONTARIO
Deadline: 22 Jan 2023

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Population Health Data Science within the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences.Candidates should demonstrate an outstanding research dossier in developing and / or applying data science methodologies to generate data-driven solutions to health problems (e.g. medical image analytics, predictive diagnosis and disease prevention, and drug discovery) through an innovative analytically-driven approach that combines impact, sustainability, and health equity, recognizing the differential and interactive social determinants of health. Preference will be given to the study of minority populations (e.g., Indigenous people, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, gender minorities) to address health disparities. The approach may include data analytics, data mining, or machine learning. The successful candidate will be asked to teach undergraduate courses on basic programming (C++, Python, MATLAB), as well as introductory courses on artificial intelligence and data analytics.

Located on the unceded ancestral territory of Anishinaabe Algonquin people, in the heart of downtown Ottawa and in close proximity to multiple national agencies such as Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Statistics Canada, the University of Ottawa is recognized as the first and largest bilingual university in North America. It offers its 47,000 students and 5,500 employees a dynamic and stimulating environment where research and knowledge are fundamental to all aspects of university life. The Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences provides French and English education in Health Sciences, challenging students to understand biological, environmental, and psychosocial factors as interactive health determinants across the lifespan. The Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences is home to researchers who investigate health, longevity, and disease using interdisciplinary methodologies, approaches, and perspectives. Research areas of interest include integrative health biosciences, population health, and health technologies. The nominated candidate will benefit from established collaborations between researchers from the School and the Faculty of Engineering, Ottawa Hospitals and affiliated Institutes.

Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. For each Tier 2 Chair, the institution receives $100,000 annually for five years, with an additional $20,000 annual research stipend for first-term Tier 2 Chairs.

Candidates should, at a minimum, be assistant or associate professors, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed to these levels. Candidates who are more than 10 years from their highest degree must contact the University of Ottawa directly for questions related to their potential eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair. The institution may nominate a professor or a researcher who is more than 10 years from their highest degree at the time of nomination and has experienced legitimate career interruptions (see acceptable justifications). In such cases, the institution must submit to the Secretariat a formal justification (using the Tier 2 Justification Screening Form), explaining why the nominee is still considered to be an emerging scholar. The University recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and that these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process. New CRC nominees are also eligible for infrastructure support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to help acquire state-of-the-art equipment essential to their work. 

Selective hiring: The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty members. In accordance with the University’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, the selection will be limited to members of the four designated groups such as Indigenous Peoples in Canada, individuals who are racialized, persons with disabilities, women and gender minorities as defined in the CRC Program method for establishing equity targets and the Employment Equity Act. Candidates from these groups who wish to be considered for this position must complete the confidential self-identification form during the application process online (go to My profile / Employment Equity section). The objective of this measure is to increase the representation of the four designated groups in the allocation of Canada Research Chair positions. Internal candidates are not eligible.

Skills requirements:  

  • Education: Ph.D. or equivalent and Postdoctoral experience in Population Health Data Science; Required qualifications: superior research achievements in the CRC’s identified area(s) and proof of interdisciplinary collaborations, a solid record with respect to teaching and training of students at the graduate level, the ability to obtain external research funds. Excellent communication skills in either English or French. Passive knowledge of the other official language in Canada is a requirement for tenure. English-French bilingualism is an asset.

Rank and salary:

Regular tenure-track academic appointment in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Salary scale for an Assistant Professor starts at $89,622 (as of May 1, 2023). Salary scale for an Associate Professor starts at $98,999 (as of May 1, 2023).  Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of work: Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Application package:

  • A cover letter; An up-to-date curriculum vitae (Please include any personal circumstances and/or career interruptions such as parental or sick leaves that may have impacted your research trajectory. These will be taken into consideration in the selection process); A research plan (2 to 3 pages); A statement of teaching interests (1 to 2 pages); A statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion philosophy and concrete practices (1 page); The names of three people who may be contacted by the University for letters of reference which will follow the Canada Research Chairs guidelines (i.e. at least one arm’s length and two who are not affiliated to the University of Ottawa unless they are the candidate’s PhD or postdoctoral supervisor); and Self-identification: Complete the confidential Employment Equity section online (go to My profile / Employment Equity section) during the application process online.

Deadline: January 23, 2023

Applications should be submitted electronically through the University of Ottawa Academic Careers website at the following link:  http://uottawa.njoyn.com/CL3/xweb/xweb.asp?clid=57566&page=jobdetails&jobid=J1122-1626&BRID=EX190303&SBDID=1&LANG=1

The selection process will begin immediately after the closing date and will continue until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please address your cover letter to the following person:

Dr. Sylvain Charbonneau, Vice-President, Research and Innovation

University of Ottawa

550 Cumberland St., room 246

Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 CANADA

For questions, please email: rccacrcp@uottawa.ca

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations by email at vra.affairesprofessorales@uottawa.ca. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its more than 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language.

Ad posted on November 23, 2022

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