The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Western University is excited to announce a new partnership with Parkwood Institute aligned with our shared ambition to be research leaders in mobility and activity. The Gray Centre for Mobility & Activity (the Gray Centre) (https://london.ctvnews.ca/gift-enables-parkwood-to-have-new-mobility-and-activity-centre-1.4634661) will be a translational research centre in mobility and activity, housed within the Parkwood Institute at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, utilizing the latest technologies with a strong emphasis on the transfer of knowledge. To support this exciting research initiative, FHS is seeking an academic colleague at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor, in a Tenured position, appointed in one of its’ six Schools (https://www.uwo.ca/fhs/schools/index.html), who will also be an Endowed Research Chair for a term of five years, renewable.  The successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in a field related to mobility and activity, have demonstrated excellence in research and research leadership, and a proven record of external research funding and research impact. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated capacity to substantively contribute to an inclusive and diverse academic community.  The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in teaching and service in the Faculty of Health Sciences and work closely with Parkwood Institute Research (https://www.lawsonresearch.ca/research-theme/parkwood-institute-research). The effective date of the appointment is July 1, 2021, or as negotiated.  Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Chair will join a growing group of FHS researchers focused on mobility and activity, including 2 Endowed Chairs and a Tier 1 CRC (https://www.uwo.ca/fhs/about/files/strat_research_plan_2016.pdf), as well as scientists and clinician scientists in Rehabilitation Medicine, Geriatrics, and Psychiatry, located within Parkwood Institute. Parkwood Institute, is a fully accredited academic health care centre and regional provider of specialized rehabilitative and restorative care for patients with neurological, musculoskeletal, and severe and persistent mental health conditions.  The Chair will play a central role in the scientific leadership and development of the Gray Centre.  The Centre will serve as a hub for translational research and innovation in mobility and activity, the education of future scientific leaders, and collaboration with clinical and community partners.

The Chair will lead a translational research program with a primary research focus on factors that impact human mobility and activity such as: novel methods of assessment of mobility and activity; interventions to improve or maintain mobility; measurement and monitoring of mobility and activity in the home and community setting; development and implementation of novel technologies or solutions to enhance mobility and activity. The Chair must have skills to effectively communicate with the scientific community and the lay public, to further the aims and objectives of the Centre. 

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth to better serve our communities.  With a full-time enrolment of 32,000, Western University is a leading research-intensive university with a full-range of academic and professional programs. General information about Western can be found at http://www.uwo.ca. The university campus is in London (www.london.ca), a thriving city with a metropolitan census of 530,000 located midway between Toronto and Detroit. It is proximate to a number of other leading research institutions which provides additional collaborative opportunities. 

Interested applicants should send a detailed curriculum vita including teaching dossier, a cover letter that includes an Equity Diversity and Inclusion statement, the names of three academic referees and a completed Application for Full-Time Position (available at http://www.uwo.ca/facultyrelations/pdf/careers/Faculty/Application-FullTime-Faculty-Position-Form.pdf) as a single PDF file to:

Dr. S. Jayne Garland, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

Room 200J, Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building

Western University, 1151 Richmond Street

London, Ontario, Canada   N6A 5B9

[email protected]

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 1, 2021 (extended from January 11, 2021).

Please quote number HS 215 on all correspondence for this position.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. 

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Wanda Chebott at [email protected] or at 519-661-4239.