Brock is recruiting three Canada Research Chairs

Job posting for three new Canada Research Chairs at Brock University

NSERC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Biological Psychology, Epigenetics (The closing date for this opportunity has passed).

CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Remodelling and Plasticity throughout the Lifespan

SSHRC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Children and Youth: Performance and Mental Health (The closing date for this opportunity has passed).

NSERC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, Biological Psychology, Epigenetics (the closing date has passed)

The Department of Psychology at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario invites applications for an NSERC Canada Research Chair Tier 2 position in biological psychology, epigenetics at the rank of assistant or associate professor to commence July 1, 2019.

Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been active researchers in their field 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 Geoffrey Waters, Director, Research Services (gwaters@brocku.ca) for more information.

Our ideal candidate will use animal models to investigate the role of environmental factors in brain and behavioural development, with translational relevance to function in humans; have an outstanding record of research achievement in epigenetics; have demonstrated evidence of, or potential for, external research funding; have demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching; and have a strong commitment to undergraduate mentoring and graduate student training at the MA and PhD levels. Applicants should have a completed PhD in Psychology or a relevant, related discipline with post-doctoral training.

This rapidly growing field of research fits well into our Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience and Lifespan Development research groups. The successful candidate will have opportunities to network with several closely related research groups on campus (Biological Science, Health Sciences, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, Centre for Neuroscience) and community partners. (See www.psyc.brocku.ca for more details, including details of the CRC application.)

The Psychology Department is among the most productive and impactful Psychology departments in Canada (Carleton et al., 2010; Farrell et al., 2016). Our graduate program has three foci: Behavioural and Cognition Neuroscience, Lifespan Development, and Social Personality. Faculty and graduate students from all three areas have excellent research productivity and impact. See http://brocku.ca/social-sciences/psychology/research for details of our research programs.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, recent reprints, and evidence of teaching performance, all in electronic format (a single PDF document is preferred) via the online application system. (Note: file maximum of 5MB per upload. Supplemental application information beyond the 5MB limit can be sent to psychposition@brocku.ca.) Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of academic reference to be sent electronically to psychposition@brocku.ca.

Review of applications will begin on November 12, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Cathy Mondloch, Chair of Psychology, 905-688-5550 x 5111, cmondloch@brocku.ca.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all interested candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification questions included in the questionnaire at the time of application.

Differing career patterns may be more common among members of designated groups, and those who have experienced leaves from the workplace. These differences will be taken into account in assessing the experiences and qualifications of members of these groups, or those who have experienced leaves from the workplace.

We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy Please advise Cathy Mondloch (cmondloch@brocku.ca) to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

Initial posting date: October 12, 2018.

CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Remodelling and Plasticity throughout the Lifespan

The Department of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University is seeking applications from outstanding scientists for a CIHR Canada Research Chair (CRC, Tier II) in Tissue Remodelling and Plasticity throughout the Lifespan. The successful candidate will be subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat; and will be eligible to hold a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Expressions of interest are solicited in the field of Tissue Remodelling and Plasticity with a focus on understanding the cellular mechanisms of tissue (mal)adaptation and repair throughout the lifespan, and how the changes are influenced by growth, aging, (in)activity and/or (mal)nutrition. This is a high-profile research area, which relies on advanced techniques (epigenetics, metabolomics, proteomics, and various types of imaging) to examine processes that occur throughout the lifespan or specifically, at explicit stages in life. A non-exhaustive list of general topics in the area include:

  • cellular programming and lifestyle factors
  • environmental stress and tissue (mal)adaptation
  • tissue regulation and plasticity
  • epigenetics
  • progenitor cells, stem cells and satellite cells

The CRC with a focus on cellular mechanisms of tissue adaptation and plasticity throughout the lifespan will complement current research expertise in the Departments of Kinesiology, Health Sciences, Psychology and Biological Sciences at Brock University, creating a substantial concentration in this area. We are particularly interested in applicants who can address scientific problems across the lifespan, and who can combine diverse approaches and methodologies in their research program. Candidates must currently hold an academic appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor and should have a strong record of translational research in order to: support fundamental and applied research; develop research partnerships with the community and local industry; address issues related to environmental factors, physical activity and nutrition through research and outreach activities; and support and strengthen Brock’s transdisciplinary hubs.

Candidates should have an established record of excellence in research and mentorship, and success in external research grant competition. They must also be able to demonstrate strong communication to both academic and community audiences. Candidates are invited to submit an application that includes the following:

  • an updated and complete curriculum vitae
  • a letter of interest (maximum 2 pages) outlining:
    • their qualifications for a successful Chair application
    • the fit of their profile and expertise with one or more of the identified research areas
    • their vision for the future research program for the Chair
    • novel opportunities for training highly qualified personnel
    • the potential for the Chair to enhance the scholarly leadership and innovation capacity of the Faculty and University in strategic areas
  • the names and contact information of three referees

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2019.

The appointment is subject to budgetary approval. Eligibility criteria and CRC program information can be found at the following website: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca. Benefits associated with such Chairs include teaching release and start-up funds. Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been active researchers in their field 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 II Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. Please contact Geoffrey Waters, Director, Research Services (gwaters@brocku.ca) for more information.

Please apply online using the “Apply” button. Within the online application system candidates must submit a letter of application, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching interests related to departmental programs, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references as part of their application (a single PDF document is preferred) via the online application system. (Note: file maximum of 5MB per upload. Supplemental application information beyond the 5MB limit can be sent to psullivan@brocku.ca).  The closing date for applications is December 15, 2018. For additional information please contact:

Dr. Philip Sullivan, Chair, Department of Kinesiology, psullivan@brocku.ca

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all interested candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification questions included in the questionnaire at the time of application. Differing career patterns may be more common among members of designated groups, and those who have experienced leaves from the workplace. These differences will be considered in assessing the experiences and qualifications of members of these groups, or those who have experienced leaves from the workplace.

We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy. Please advise Dr. Philip Sullivan to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

Initial posting date October 12, 2018

SSHRC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Children and Youth: Performance and Mental Health (the closing date has passed)

The Department of Child and Youth Studies and the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario invites applications for a SSHRC Canada Research Chair Tier 2 position in Children and Youth: Performance and Mental Health at the rank of assistant or associate professor level to commence July 1, 2019.  The successful candidate will be appointed to the Department of Child and Youth Studies (home unit) with cross-appointment to the Department of Kinesiology.

Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been active researchers in their field 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 Geoffrey Waters, Director, Research Services (gwaters@brocku.ca) for more information.

Our ideal candidate will conceptualize performance in childhood and youth as a transdisciplinary construct and will provide the capability to support the existing expertise on youth performance in fields such as academics, art, aesthetics, sport and physical activity. The personal, social, and structural dynamics that support or undermine performance in these contexts can have profound direct and indirect effects on the mental health and well-being of these young people. Brock currently houses expertise researching performance and mental health in these fields; this CRC candidate will contribute leadership towards a body of coherent research and social impact across these two departments.

In addition to research in the two hosting units, the CRC candidate will fit well within the current climate of training of graduate students and high-quality personnel. With a recent Ph.D. program in CHYS, the Ph.D. program in Applied Health Sciences along with the thriving MA and MSc programs in both units the candidate would be integral in the mentorship research of graduate students from both units, including diverse research methods, dynamic theories, and pedagogical innovations. With a cutting-edge research program on children, youth, performance and mental health, the candidate would provide an attractive and important opportunity to students from both departments.

Department Description:

The Department of Child and Youth Studies offers undergraduate programs (BA Pass or Honours, BA with Major, BA/BEd) that provide a broadly based interdisciplinary approach that considers theoretical and applied approaches to children and youth within the multiple contexts of culture, the economy, the law, family, school, peer group, and community. With roots in anthropology, criminology, cultural studies, education, psychology, and sociology, the academic focus provides an integration of approaches through which a comprehensive understanding of children and youth can evolve. In addition, the CHYS Graduate Program (MA, PhD) offers a unique multidisciplinary approach to the study of children and youth, providing a theoretical foundation and the application of social science research methods. Information on the Department of Child and Youth Studies can be found at https://brocku.ca/social-sciences/child-and-youth-studies/

The Department of Kinesiology offers undergraduate programs (BKin, BSc Kin, BPhEd and concurrent BPhEd/BEd) that allow students to create, integrate and apply knowledge from the biosciences, social sciences, and humanities in the transdisciplinary study of human movement across the lifespan. Its graduate program is housed with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and offers unique, inter-disciplinary graduate programs both at the masters and doctoral level including two MSc (Kinesiology; Health Sciences), five MA (Community Health; Leisure Studies; Nursing; Health and Physical Education; Sport Management) and three PhD fields (Health Biosciences; Behavioural and Population Health; Social and Cultural Health Studies). Information on the Department of Kinesiology can be found at https://brocku.ca/applied-health-sciences/kinesiology/

Application Process:

Applicants should have a completed Ph.D. in a relevant and related discipline. Please apply online using the “Apply” button. Within the online application system candidates must submit a letter of application, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching interests related to departmental programs, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references as part of their application (a single PDF document is preferred) via the online application system. (Note: file maximum of 5MB per upload. Supplemental application information beyond the 5MB limit can be sent to chysrecruitment@brocku.ca. Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of academic reference to be sent to electronically to (chysrecruitment@brocku.ca). The closing date for applications is November 30, 2018. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. John McNamara, Chair of Child and Youth Studies, 905-688-5550 x 3835, jmcnamara@brocku.ca

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all interested candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification questions included in the questionnaire at the time of application.

Differing career patterns may be more common among members of designated groups, and those who have experienced leaves from the workplace. These differences will be taken into account in assessing the experiences and qualifications of members of these groups, or those who have experienced leaves from the workplace.

We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/39939. Please advise John McNamara (jmcnamara@brocku.ca) to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

Initial posting date: October 17, 2018.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Differing career patterns may be more common among members of designated groups and this should be taken into account in assessing the experiences and qualifications of members of these groups.

Brock’s strategy consists of a combination of broad and targeted communications, engagement with key stakeholders and ongoing training. Details can be found in the Brock University plan:

Brock University’s Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Raising Awareness about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Brock’s strategy consists of a combination of broad and targeted communications, engagement with key stakeholders and ongoing training. In particular, the strategy will include:

  • Dedicated webpage/statements on Brock’s CRC webpage: The new web page will recognize the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion within the CRCP and broader research enterprise and highlight its benefits, as well as include all relevant information and documentation related to this commitment.
  • Communication to all Faculties: A communication is being sent to all Faculties in November iterating Brock University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. This communication will not only highlight the steps the institution is taking towards ensuring fair representation of all groups among our Canada Research Chairs and research enterprise, but will also reiterate the agreement between the University and the Brock University Faculty Association that the University is better able to advance its essential functions, namely the pursuit, creation and dissemination of knowledge through teaching and research, if members of designated groups are well represented in the bargaining unit.
  • Engagement with stakeholders: Brock’s VPR and Director, Research Services will meet with key stakeholders to educate and engage them in this initiative, including the Brock University Faculty Association and the Senate Research and Scholarship Policy Committee.
  • Training: Mandatory unconscious bias training, as per the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Practices established by the Canada Research Chairs program, will be made accessible to all faculty and staff involved in the recruitment and nomination of Chairholders.

A governance plan for approval of the equity plan due December 15

  • Approval authority: The equity plan for the CRCP program will be approved by the Provost and Vice-President, Academic.
  • Administrative lead: The Vice-President, Research will be the administrative lead for coordinating the development of the equity plan. The Vice-President, Research has established a CRC Equity Working Group to assist in the process, comprising of the: VP, Research; Provost; University Secretary; Senior Advisor, Human Rights and Equity; Director, Office of Research Services; Director, Government Relations; Canada Research Chair representative.
  • Process: A draft equity plan will be developed by the CRC Equity Working Group, following a review of best practices in this area and training on equity, diversity and unconscious bias. The draft plan will then be shared with key stakeholders for input. Key stakeholders will include: the Senate Research and Scholarship Policy Committee, BUFA, current CRCs and the Deans. Following the consultation process, the plan will be finalized by the Working Group and submitted to the Provost for approval.
  • Review: The governance plan will be reviewed by the Provost and Vice-President, Academic every three (3) years and amended if necessary to ensure it remains current and appropriate.

How we monitor and report on equity, diversity and inclusion

Women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application to CRC positions. As such, Brock University is committed to employment equity and follows a five-step employment equity process for Faculty and Librarian recruitment. Brock University provides an overview of the five steps on its public facing website to ensure clarity and process integrity. The five steps include:

  1. Candidates who are a member of one of the aforementioned designated groups and who wish to have their application considered as such, may fill out a Self-Identification Form and return it with their application.
  2. A shortlist of candidates is submitted to the appropriate Dean/University Librarian. The shortlist submission includes:
    • the advertisement for the position being recruited for;
    • the department, Library or centre Employment Equity Plan;
    • an outline of search procedures and expectations;
    • specific steps taken to address gender imbalances and equity pertaining to the five identified groups as identified in the BUFA Collective Agreement;
    • a summary of the discussion and rationale relevant to the establishment of the shortlist;
    • complete files of applicants who have been shortlisted for interview; and,
  3. If the shortlist does not include a self-identified member of a designated group, the dossiers of all self-identified members of designated groups who are candidates for the position must also be included, as well as a written rationale for not including a designated group member on the short-list. Within five (5) days of receiving the shortlist from the Department/Library/Centre, the Dean/ University Librarian or his/her designate shall submit the completed documentation to the Joint Committee on Employment Equity (JCEE) (a University-wide Committee).
  4. The JCEE reviews the materials submitted by the Dean/University Librarian designate and provides written recommendations to the Dean/University Librarian designate within three (3) working days. The Department/Library/Centre shall consider the JCEE’s comments before making a final decision with respect to the shortlist. The Department/Library/Centre shall inform the Dean/University Librarian of its final decision with respect to the shortlist.
  5. After the search committee has interviewed the short-listed candidates, the written recommendation for appointment shall be forwarded to the Dean/University Librarian by the Chair of the Search Committee within one (1) week of the Department reaching a decision. All recommendations for appointments forwarded to the Dean/University Librarian must include:
    • the candidate’s complete dossier; and,
    • a brief description of the employment equity procedures followed in the competition.

On an annual basis, and prior to June 1, a summary of recruitment activity during the previous 12-month period, combined with the Department/Library/Centre Employment Equity Plans, will be used by the JCEE to review procedures, actions, and outcomes related to recruitment and appointment of faculty members, including CRC positions.

Contact for handling grievances

As Canada Research Chairs are faculty members at Brock University, the Provost is ultimately responsible for ensuring the proper handling of equity and any resulting disputes and grievances.

Brock policies related to recruitment, governing and employment of CRCs

Brock’s Utilization Spreadsheet

Brock Utilization Spreadsheet can be found here.

Brock’s Equity Targets

Brock current targets are to ensure that we have three (3) women and two (2) visible minorities represented with our CRC complement. We currently have no gaps in our targets.

Commitment of Equity and Diversity

In accordance with the Collective Agreement between Brock University and the Brock University Faculty Association (Article 19.10 e. i.) each advertisement for a CRC shall include the following statement: Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification Form and include the completed form with their application

Process for identifying scholarly areas for CRCs

  • A call for applications is distributed to all academic departments across the University, advising them to submit applications for CRC positions to their respective Deans.
  • Faculty Deans receive applications and form a committee to review and rank applications. Faculty Deans forward applications to the Vice-President Research.
  • The Vice-President Research forwards applications to a Selection Committee composed of senior administrators (the Provost, the Vice-President Research, the Associate Vice-President Research and the Dean of Graduate Studies) and one non-voting advisor (the Director of the Office of Research Services).
  • The Selection Committee reviews and discusses the applications and selects the appropriate number (depending on how many CRC positions are available to the University).
  • The Provost advises the Deans of the Selection Committee’s decisions.
  • Deans whose Faculties were successful in the process work with the appropriate Departments (and Centres or Institutes, if applicable) to develop advertisements to recruit candidates for CRC positions.
  • All procedures for recruiting CRCs and for observing Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness are described in the Collective Agreement between Brock University and the Brock University Faculty Association: https://www.bufa.ca/resources/bufa-collective-agreement/