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Canada Excellence Research Chair in Global Public Health and Equity

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Canada Excellence Research Chair in Global Public Health and Equity
Department of Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Position Numbers 31657 and 31658

The University of Manitoba invites applications for a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in the area of equity and global public health to be appointed for a full-time tenure-track or tenured position at the Associate Professor or Professor rank. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Canada Excellence Reseach Chair (CERC) is a prestigious Research Chair program funded by the Government of Canada, to attract world-class researchers to establish high-impact research programs at Canadian universities. A CERC is one of the most prestigious international awards globally, providing Chairholders and their research teams with up to $1 million per year for up to 8 years.

The proposed CERC aligns with the University of Manitoba’s Strategic Research Plan, which identifies “Integrative Research in Health and Well-Being”, “Population and Global Health” and “Infectious Diseases” as established areas of research excellence.

The successful candidate will be appointed to the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS), Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (RFHS) (

The Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) is a research and training-intensive interdisciplinary department that focuses on creation, preservation and communication of knowledge with respect to the health of populations and thereby contributes to the well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the world. CHS has 49 full-time faculty members, including 11 Canada Research Chairs, and the largest graduate program in RFHS. CHS has active collaborative research and educational programs in epidemiology, biostatistics, health-related social sciences, global public health, Indigenous health, family health, violence and injury prevention, aging and other areas. While the primary appointment will be in CHS, the candidate will be positioned with the University of Manitoba’s Institute for Global Public Health (IGPH) ( and can have a cross-appointment with the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (MMID) ( and will collaborate with MMID researchers to build a strong, collaborative interdisciplinary research program. IGPH is a global leader in public health research focused on improving health equity at regional, national and international levels. MMID is at the forefront of basic and applied infectious disease research, with strong collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory ( Within CHS the candidate will also have opportunities to collaborate with researchers from the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) (, and Ongomiizwin (, the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences’ Indigenous Institute for Health and Healing, as well as researchers from across the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and other faculties.

The successful candidate is expected to develop and lead an interdisciplinary research program and team that focuses on improving equity in public health strategies for infectious diseases by studying the interfaces between populations, pathogens and programs. The Chair will have a leading mentorship role in graduate and post-graduate teaching, through the development of innovative research training opportunities. The successful candidate will be expected to incorporate human rights and social justice components into their research program, and promote a workplace environment that fosters Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in its daily operations. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in service activities, especially in relation to research.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD degree and/or MD (or equivalent) in a relevant public health discipline. They will have an internationally recognized public health research program that focuses on infectious diseases and health equity, along with demonstrated abilities to translate research findings into high-impact public health programs and policies. They will have a demonstrated record of successful mentorship and training. The successful candidate will be a dynamic and visionary individual who has leadership experience and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team environment. They will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated experience and success in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, and human rights and social justice in research, teaching and service actvities.

The University of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity, diversity & inclusion and to promoting opportunities in hiring, promotion and tenure (where applicable) for systemically marginalized groups who have been excluded from full participation at the University and the larger community including Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual and other diverse sexual identities). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact [email protected] or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Equity and diversity are essential to excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. To address the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, in recognition of the underrepresentation of members of historically and currently under‐represented groups, and pursuant to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission Policy I‐7, preference will be given to applicants who self‐identify as women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, as well as other historically underrepresented groups such as 2SLGBTQIA+.

The University acknowledges the potential impact that Career Interruptions and Personal Circumstances can have on an applicant’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain the impact of any such interruption(s) in their submission. Measures will be taken to ensure that these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the evaluation process.

The CERC nomination selection committee will receive equity training that includes instruction on how to recognize and combat unconscious, implicit, overt, prejudicial and other kinds of bias. The Canada Excellence Research Chairs website also provides full program information including details on eligibility criteria at:

Application materials, including reference letters, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that application materials may be provided to participating members of the search process.

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How to Apply

Application Deadline: 02/05/2022

Consideration of applications will begin on May 2, 2022. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Application materials should include:
• a cover letter outlining the candidate’s qualifications and how they fulfill the above-listed criteria;
• a curriculum vitae (including examples of significant research contributions);
• a 2-3 page statement outlining the innovative and original proposed research program envisioned for the CERC, including how trainees will be incorporated;
• a statement on the candidate’s contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, and/or human rights and social justice activities in their teaching, research, service and/or other experiences; and
• the names and contact information of three referees.

Please send applications by email to: Dr. Sharon Bruce, Head, Department of Community Health Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

E-mail: [email protected]
Please refer to Position Numbers: 31657 and 31658 in the subject heading of your email.

A successful candidate is expected to be selected no later than May, 2022, after which a CERC nomination application will be prepared, and expected to be submitted in October, 2022. Chairs are awarded by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat after a rigorous evaluation, and award decisions are expected in the the first half of 2023. The appointment will be conditional on a successful CERC nomination, and is expected to begin on July 1, 2023.

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