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University of Waterloo Faculty Position in Physical Ergonomics and Biomechanics

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  • University of Waterloo Faculty Position in Physical Ergonomics and Biomechanics

    The Department of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo seeks an exceptional scholar and researcher for a tenure track position in Physical Ergonomics. The position requires a PhD and the initial appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor or in very special cases, Full Professor.

    The salary range for this position at the rank of Assistant Professor is $72,300 - $91,000. The salary rank for this position at the rank of Associate Professor is $91,000 - $115,000. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

    The Department of Kinesiology is an inter-disciplinary department with expertise spanning the scientific study of human movement. A main focus of the department is to discover and explain mechanisms and principles of human movement and to apply this knowledge to the prevention of illness and injury together with strategies, which optimize the health and physical performance of individuals. The department offers B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Kinesiology. Further information about the department can be found at

    The successful candidate must have a PhD with interest and experience in Ergonomics or an equivalent discipline. Evidence of a strong research program with emphasis on but not limited to musculoskeletal modeling, the study of healthy and pathological working postures, materials handling, workplace design, prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, workplace safety, return-to-work, vibration exposure, tissue injury, forensic biomechanics, occupational biomechanics and physical ergonomics is required. Duties include research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and supervising graduate students.
    Successful candidates are expected to have a strong portfolio of scholarly research, including peer-reviewed publications, and provide evidence of potential for excellence in teaching and obtaining external funding. In addition to advancing a personal research program, candidates will have the opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team engaged in ergonomics research. Research opportunities exist not only within the Department of Kinesiology but also within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and its multiple health research centers, including the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. We welcome applicants from a broad range of fields including, but not limited to kinesiology, engineering, rehabilitation, and health sciences.

    The closing date for applications is February 1, 2015. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2015.

    Applications should include a statement of research interest and teaching experience, overview of the applicant’s anticipated 5 year research plan, curriculum vitae, and the names and affiliations of three referees. These materials should be sent electronically to the attention of: Professor W. E. McIlroy, Chair, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Canada (sent via email to Denise Hay at: Applicants should also arrange for the three indicated referees to provide letters of reference directly to the same electronic address prior to the closing date for applications.
    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.

    “Three reasons to apply:”

    Jack P. Callaghan PhD, CCPE
    Canada Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics and Injury Prevention
    Department of Kinesiology
    Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
    University of Waterloo
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L-3G1