At the intersection of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and community engagement lies Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive university. With three campuses located in beautiful British Columbia’s largest municipalities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey - our students, faculty and staff are privileged to live and work on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen Peoples. Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top employers, SFU’s excellence as an engaged university is derived from our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the pursuit of decolonization, indigenization and reconciliation.
The Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK) invites applications for a tenure‑track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology to commence July 4, 2022 or a mutually agreed-upon date.
The core duties of Assistant Professors in BPK are as follows:
The typical workload distribution for tenure-track assistant professors in BPK is 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service.
In carrying out these duties, the successful candidate will advance BPK’s goals to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion by working to eliminate the barriers that impede the ability of department members from historically underrepresented and marginalized populations to achieve their full potential. The successful candidate will foster a positive and inclusive working environment through respectful interactions with all faculty, staff, and students.
The responsibilities, terms and conditions of employment of research faculty are listed in the SFU-SFUFA collective agreement (https://www.sfufa.ca/agreements-and-policies/collective-agreement-2019-22/).
Desired research area
The ideal candidate will lead a research program that investigates the mechanisms underlying the human physiological adaptations to exercise training over time. We envisage that the candidate will primarily employ wearable, portable, or in-body sensor technologies to detect physiological, biophysical (e.g., mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical, etc.), or biochemical signals. These measurement methods will ideally be supplemented with other experimental approaches or mathematical modeling to enable inferences regarding the underlying physiological mechanisms. The methods and research findings can be readily applied to monitoring, predicting, and optimizing exercise training for enhancing the health, performance, rehabilitation, or quality-of-life of individuals. Other areas of application, such as diagnostics and promoting health behaviour change, are also welcome. Through their research, the ideal candidate will lead technology innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives at SFU. The candidate will have a collaborative disposition and sufficiently broad interests and expertise to readily engage in collaborations with other researchers in BPK, SFU, and the broader exercise physiology community.
The desired research area reflects the SFU’s 2016-2022 Strategic Research Plan’s emphasis on approaches that are interdisciplinary, data-driven, and collaborative, and contribute to addressing two of six challenges identified in the document, namely “Enhancing our world through technology” and “Supporting health across the human lifespan.”
BPK originated in 1970 as the Department of Kinesiology, the first such department in Western Canada. The mission of BPK is to advance the understanding of human physiology, movement, neuroscience, and human health through fundamental and applied research, education, and service. BPK offers undergraduate degrees (BSc, BSc Honours) and graduate degrees (MSc, PhD) in kinesiology, biomedical physiology, and behavioural neuroscience. The Department currently has 24 research faculty, 9 continuing teaching faculty members, and 14 staff members, who serve over 1,000 undergraduate majors and approximately 50 graduate students.
BPK features the research clusters of exercise and environmental physiology, cardiovascular physiology, chronic diseases, neuromechanics, and neuroscience. Exercise physiology is relevant to each of these clusters and the successful candidate can expect diverse opportunities to collaborate on research projects. Consistent with SFU’s tagline as “Canada’s Engaged University,” members routinely interact with external groups such as companies, government agencies, and community groups as part of their scholarly work.
SFU is Canada’s top-ranked research-intensive comprehensive university. It offers several unique assets to its research faculty that are particularly relevant to this position. SFU hosts several core facilities, including the recently opened core facility for wearable technologies (WearTech Labs), the Big Data Hub, 4D Labs for materials research and development, and the ImageTech Lab. SFU also hosts several research institutes, centres, and research collectives, such as the Sports Analytics Group and the Biological Physics and Soft Condensed Matter group. SFU supports knowledge mobilization through the SFU Knowledge Mobilization Initiative and innovation through SFU Innovates. As a testament to BPK and SFU’s culture of innovation, BPK professors have founded three companies in the past 14 years, while SFU was recently ranked third globally in the Entrepreneurial Spirit category and 24th among innovative universities by World Universities with Real Impact. Metro Vancouver offers burgeoning wearable technology and biomedical device ecosystems, with several start-up and mid-sized companies now operating, and who are keen to engage in academic-industry partnerships. Several BPK faculty who conduct clinical research maintain affiliations with local hospitals, e.g., BC Children’s Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, and Royal Columbian Hospital.
The Successful Candidate
The following credentials, skills, expertise, experience, values, and attitudes comprise the desired qualifications.
The successful candidate must:
The following qualifications are considered assets:
How To Apply
Candidates should address their applications to Dr. David Clarke (he/him/his), Chair of the Search Committee. Applications should consist of a single PDF file inclusive of and bookmarked for the following components:
Candidates should submit their applications by email to email@example.com with the subject line exphysiol2021_<lastname>_<firstname>. Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 30, 2021. Applications received after this deadline may be reviewed if the position is still open.
SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g. parental leave, leave due to illness) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service, and nontraditional areas of research and/or research outputs.
In keeping with SFU’s strategic vision which pledges to foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect and to celebrate diversity among faculty, SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. SFU is dedicated to building a diverse faculty by advancing the interests of underrepresented groups, specifically women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply.
SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants. If you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations, please contact the Specialist, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice:
The position is subject to availability of funding and approval by the SFU Board of Governors.
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