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  • Tenured Professor - Dr. Benno Nigg Chair in Biomechanics, Mobility and Longevity

    Job ID: 7653

    Position Description


    The Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenured Professor appointment as the Dr. Benno Nigg Chair in Biomechanics, Mobility and Longevity. The appointment date for the successful candidate is anticipated to be July 2015.

    The Chair will be appointed in accordance with University policies, based on a recommendation from the Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology, for a five year, renewable term. Chair candidates will be required to have academic qualifications commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Professor and an internationally distinguished research and teaching record. Candidates must have the necessary credentials to deliver on the mission of the Chair and to integrate with Faculty plans and activities.

    As the successful candidate for the Dr. Benno Nigg Chair in Biomechanics, Mobility and Longevity, you have earned a Doctoral degree in Biomechanics or a related discipline, and as an accomplished high-profile research leader with an active research program, you have achieved excellence in your academic career, and developed strong leadership skills.

    In addition to being an academic role model, as the successful candidate you will have the ability and desire to mentor junior faculty in directing the program’s research agenda and to act as a thought leader for developing world- class research that is both rigorous and relevant to the advancement of the Faculty of Kinesiology, and the University of Calgary.

    The Dr. Benno Nigg Chair in Biomechanics, Mobility and Longevity is a unique program to Kinesiology, focused on excellence in human musculoskeletal biomechanical research and housed in the Human Performance Laboratory, with envisioned collaboration with the Schulich School of Engineering and the Cumming School of Medicine. The Chair will build on the Faculty of Kinesiology's strength in this research area by recruiting and partnering with top academics and researchers on a national and international scale.

    There are several key areas of responsibility for this position:
    • To ensure the continuation of excellence in human musculoskeletal biomechanical research
    • To continue and expand the international excellence of graduate and post graduate training programs in the Human Performance Laboratory
    • To provide strategic leadership to research and research training within the Human Performance Laboratory and within the Faculty of Kinesiology
    • To provide visionary leadership with a demonstrated ability to lead a complex, multi-disciplinary team, and driven to foster and encourage high level research productivity and infrastructure development
    • To be an enthusiastic proponent of Biomechanics creativity, innovation, and outreach
    • To continue attracting and engaging new and existing partners in Human Musculoskeletal Biomechanics by working collaboratively across campuses, faculties, and the community
    • To advocate and be an effective spokesperson for the Faculty of Kinesiology with an ability to effectively communicate with and lead researchers from different Faculties (Schulich School of Engineering, Cumming School of Medicine, and the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Science)


    Chair Profile:

    • Doctorate in Biomechanics, Musculoskeletal or related field with substantial background in Human Biomechanics, Mobility and Longevity
    • Outstanding research and academic achievements and a funding track-record commensurate with Full Professor; recognized with scholarly awards and continued grants and funding
    • Research interests and accomplishments aligned with current human musculoskeletal biomechanical priorities and strength at the University of Calgary; demonstrated by publications, peer reviews, and international conferences
    • Strong research portfolio, with a proven track record of peer reviewed funding, that evidences multidisciplinary expertise, which can complement and expand existing Biomechanics, Mobility and Longevity strengths
    • Evidence of substantial leadership ability and experience in a multi-faceted (multi-faculty) academic environment that includes mentoring students and faculty, facilitation of group/team initiatives, and past chair or dean positions, leading international collaborative teams
    • Demonstrated commitment to supporting growth and development of faculty, staff and students and the Dr. Benno- Nigg Chair initiative as a whole; through successful completion of graduate students, mentorships of early career researchers, and new courses and programs
    • Exceptional communicator, with a commitment to communication and interaction with multiple stakeholders from the university, community, government and industry
    • Responsive on short notice to high priority issues and challenges in a decisive, pragmatic, strategic, and politically astute manner


    Interested individuals are asked to submit their application electronically, including: a recent curriculum vitae with 3 academic letters of reference along with; i) a vision statement (maximum 3 pages) that speaks to the proposed leadership for the Dr. Benno Nigg Chair in Biomechanics, Mobility and Longevity; ii) a statement on teaching and training philosophy (maximum 2 pages); and iii) a synopsis of current and future research interests (maximum 4 pages).


    Applications should be sent to the Chair, Dr. Penny Werthner via Cheryl Gathercole, Executive Assistant Kinesiology, Cheryl.Gathercole@ucalgary.ca

    Review of applications will commence on February 16th, 2015 and will close on April 30th, 2015.

    The University of Calgary respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. 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 questions: Are you legally entitled to work in Canada (Yes/No) and are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

    Additional Information

    About the University of Calgary
    The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where innovative teaching and groundbreaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. The strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by our Gaelic motto, which translates to 'I will lift up my eyes'.

    To succeed as one of Canada's top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We're increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.

    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.

    About Calgary, Alberta
    Named a cultural capital of Canada and one of the best places to live in the world, Calgary is a city of leaders -
    in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation 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.
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