Tenure Track Position - Canada Research Chair Tier 2 - Veterinary Epidemiology - Department of Health Management - Atlantic Veterinary College

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Department of Health Management - Atlantic Veterinary College
Tenure Track Position - Canada Research Chair Tier 2 - Veterinary Epidemiology

The Department of Health Management at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is seeking a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Veterinary Epidemiology. We invite researchers and scholars within and outside UPEI to apply for this full-time tenure track faculty appointment at the rank of assistant or associate professor and conditional on the successful applicant being approved as a Tier 2 Research Chair by the CRC Secretariat. Tier 2 Research Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in the field of epidemiology for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination).  Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please contact the UPEI Research Services Office for more information (dlawless@upei.ca).

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 interruptions will be taken into careful consideration during the evaluation process..

The successful candidate will be able to broadly (across species) support the Centre for Veterinary Epidemiologic Research (CVER), which continues to be among the most successful centres that UPEI has ever had. The successful candidate will initiate and develop their own personal research program but will be expected to do that in keeping with the multidisciplinary “team” approach used within UPEI and CVER.  The successful applicant will be an active member of the Department of Health Management at the Atlantic Veterinary College, and become part of CVER at UPEI.

CVER is an internationally recognized Centre in quantitative veterinary epidemiology, with top scientists holding expertise in epidemiology and population-based research.  CVER includes two of the first 12 Calvin W. Schwabe Award recipients for lifetime achievement (Ian Dohoo and Ian Gardner) from the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, and the two initial recipients of the lifetime achievement (Dohoo) and emerging scientist (Caraguel) awards for the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE). CVER is a dynamic and productive research centre, bringing together clinicians, epidemiologists and a biostatistician in the conduct of animal and human health research.  A number of research groups are part of CVER including: the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Veterinary Epidemiology, Maritime Quality Milk Centre, Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences, Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, Antimicrobial Resistance and Risk Analysis Research Group, Shellfish Research Group, and Smallholder Dairy Research Group. Members of CVER also work collaboratively with many other groups on campus, including population-oriented researchers in the Faculties of Engineering, Business, Nursing and Science. CVER is actively involved in the training of MSc and PhD students with strong graduate programs in epidemiology and health management, and also provides high-level international courses in epidemiological methods, such as Epi-on-the-Island. In addition, CVER will host the 2021 ISVEE meeting. For more information on CVER, see: http://cver.upei.ca/ .

The successful candidate will be encouraged to contribute to the teaching efforts of CVER (DVM courses, graduate courses, international teaching), although the extent to which this is done will depend on the specific interests of the CRC, and will be limited during the term of the Chair.  Once the CRC term is finished, the faculty member would be expected to contribute in similar ways as other epidemiologists within the department, with an emphasis on research.

UPEI requires the successful candidate to have:

• minimum PhD (in veterinary epidemiology or related fields);
• demonstrated ability to obtain research funding and successfully implement epidemiologic research projects; and
• well-developed skills of collaboration, relationship-building and communication. Furthermore
• a DVM (or equivalent) degree would be advantageous;
• clinical experience would be advantageous; and
• teaching experience would be advantageous.

To meet the criteria of the CRC program nominees must:

• be excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity;
• have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years;
• as chairholders, have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and
• be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

• collaborate with other faculty at AVC;
• further develop and maintain relationships with food animal industries in Atlantic Canada;
• meet eligibility criteria for receiving a Tier 2 CRC, described at http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_can... - s2; and
• complete the nomination documents necessary for submission to the CRC program by required deadlines.

The salary range is commensurate with credentials and experience and in compliance with the UPEI Faculty Association collective agreement.  Full-time, permanent faculty members receive a comprehensive fringe benefit package, with benefit details provided at time of offer in accordance with the collective agreement.  This position is subject to budget approval and approval from the Canada Research Chair Program Secretariat.

Situated on the country’s beautiful east coast, with easy access to beaches all around, the AVC has 270 DVM students and is the main veterinary referral center in Atlantic Canada for cases and diagnostic samples. Find out more about Prince Edward Island, the University of Prince Edward Island and the Atlantic Veterinary College by visiting these websites: www.gov.pe.ca/, www.upei.ca and www.upei.ca/avc.

Application and Inquiry Instructions:

Inquiries can be sent to Dr. John VanLeeuwen (jvanleeuwen@upei.ca or 902-566-0457). Applicants should submit a cover letter that includes past areas of research focus and accomplishments and proposed research program within CVER (maximum 2 pages), a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three (3) referees. Please send as a single PDF with your name in the file name to. 

Ms. Donna Lawless
Research Services, University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA, C1A 4P3
Telephone: (902) 566-0637   E-mail address: dlawless@upei.ca

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute.  Please visit our Chairs web page to learn more about our commitment and resources. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from under represented groups and the four designated groups, which includes women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

We encourage members of equity-seeking and under-represented groups to self-identify within their application. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact, in confidence, Ms. Jackie Podger, Vice-President Administration and Finance. Ms. Podger can also answer questions related to equity, diversity and inclusion, or privacy concerns the applicant may have related to self-identifying. Ms. Podger can be reached at 902-566-0623 or by writing vpaf@upei.ca.

The CRC Nomination Selection Committee has received equity training that includes instruction on how to recognize and combat unconscious, implicit, overt, prejudicial and other kinds of bias.

Review of applications will begin on June 21, 2019 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Starting date is flexible depending on availability of the successful candidate, but would likely be summer/fall of 2020.