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Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Data Integration and Information Visualization in Digital Health

Employer
University of Calgary - HR
Location
Calgary (City), Alberta (CA)
Salary
as per collective agreement
Closing date
22 Jun 2024

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Discipline
Computing, Health Science
Job Type
Professor, Researcher
Employment - Hours
Full time
Duration
Permanent
Qualification
PhD
Sector
Academia

The Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Science and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary (UofC) in Alberta, Canada, are seeking applicants for a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Data Integration and Information Visualization in Digital Health. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the Faculty of Science. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2025, or mutually agreed upon date.

Data visualization and its integration across a range of healthcare applications is key for citizens, health and service providers, researchers, and policymakers to guide and support their decision-making and planning. Thus, the CRC provides a focal point to realize the potential of personalized health, to track and predict geographic distribution of illness and service deficits, improve health literacy, promote and implement effective health interventions, and, by following health need trends, to evaluate and implement efficient interventions matching resources to community and health care needs.

The proposed Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Data Integration and Information Visualization in Digital Health would:

  1. Conduct applied research to produce methods, strategies and tools designed to synthesize growing volumes of historical and real time data into intuitive visual displays to help citizens, health and service providers, and policymakers make informed health decisions.
  2. Mobilize diverse yet targeted research, education, and clinical voices and experiences to support the use of data visualization to transform UCalgary and its health system and community partners into digital health leaders.
  3. Lead collaborations to inform the development, implementation, evaluation, and scaling of programs and knowledge engagement strategies to advance data visualization as a mechanism to support health system transformation.
  4. Build capacity for transdisciplinary research by engaging scholars across academia, health system partners (e.g., Alberta Health Services (AHS)), industry (e.g., local technology start-up companies), and community organizations (e.g., non-governmental organizations (NGO)) to address the needs of diverse populations.

UCalgary and its health system partners strive to become a learning laboratory that leverages and enables ever growing amounts of data to inform health and well-being decision-making with direct impact on policy and practice systems in need of urgent innovation. We would serve as a working model of learning health systems for other post-graduate institutions and health organizations.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a tenure-track member of the Faculty of Science in accordance with University policies, based on a recommendation from the Dean, Faculty of Science. The appointment will be at the rank of assistant professor. 

In accordance with the regulations set for Tier II Canada Research Chairs (www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx), the candidate will be an outstanding researcher who has demonstrated research success with international recognition in the areas of ‘big data’ collection and analytics, as well as data visualization and its integration across a range of healthcare applications.

The candidate will be required to conduct research at the nexus between data science and digital health. Relevant areas of strategic priority at the UofC include “Digital Worlds” and “One Health”. The research will also be aligned with aspects of the Faculty of Science’s Grand Challenges: “Unlocking Our Digital Future”, and “Personalized Health at the Molecular Level”.

Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in research evidenced by:

  • a strong publication record of high-impact publications in prominent journals, and/or a strong record in alternative, non-traditional outputs such as (but not limited to): community outreach (popular press, public or online seminars, scientific social media), and resource development (online databases, protocols, software tools). Applicants may provide evidence of research impact and translation;
  • demonstrated ability to obtain research support from a variety of sources;
  • an excellent track record in supervision, mentorship, and placement of a diverse team of highly qualified personnel (HQP). The University of Calgary prides itself on our ability to facilitate pathways and support mechanisms for knowledge translation and commercialization. Therefore, a track-record in innovation with technology transfer is a strong asset.


The CRC Tier II funding is for a five-year, renewable term. Chair candidates will be required to have a PhD and academic qualifications that commensurate with an appointment at the rank of assistant professor and an internationally distinguished research and teaching record. Candidates must have the necessary credentials to deliver on the mission of the Chair to lead a novel and innovative research program.

Appointment at the Assistant Professor rank requires demonstrated evidence of a track record of impactful publications dissemination in high-impact venues, such as peer reviewed journals papers or top-ranked conferences, prior experience in working with external funding programs, and effectiveness in teaching and graduate student supervision at the University level.

Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Candidates who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and who have had career breaks, 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 2 justification process. Research interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., closures) are recognized as, and may be counted as, an eligible delay (credited at twice the amount of time) beginning March 1, 2020. Please contact UCalgary’s Office of Research Services (https://research.ucalgary.ca/conduct-research/funding/apply-institutional-programs) for more information: ipd@ucalgary.ca. Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website cited above, including eligibility criteria.

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity. 

For more information: https://careers.ucalgary.ca/jobs/14202257-canada-research-chair-tier-ii-in-data-integration-and-information-visualization-in-digital-health

How to Apply
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via the UCalgary Careers Site. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees.
  • Statement of research interests and a clear description of how the planned research program is related to UofC’s strategic priorities.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy/teaching dossier.
  • Statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion in your research group. Questions may be addressed to:

Michael Jacobson, Professor and Head
Department of Computer Science
cpsc.depthead@ucalgary.ca

Applications are accepted until August 15, 2024

The University of Calgary adheres to the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and strives to evaluate research impact responsibly and inclusively by explicitly considering discipline-appropriate methods for demonstrating the quality, significance, and societal impact of a broad range of research contributions.

Known as Canada’s energy capital, Calgary is a bustling city of more than 1.25 million, located near the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The University of Calgary is a global intellectual hub where students thrive in programs made rich by research and hands-on experiences. The Faculty of Science has recently launched an ambitious strategic plan with research focus on grand challenges including “One Health” and “Digital Worlds”. 

The Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Science offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs recognized for excellence world-wide and has considerable research strengths in computational and health sciences. Information about the Department of Computer Science and its programs can be found at https://science.ucalgary.ca/computer-science.

The O’Brien Institute for Public Health in the Cumming School of Medicine tackles public health challenges by bringing researchers together with health practitioners, citizens, governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations when collective action is required. The institute champions research to promote population health and high-quality sustainable health care for all, as described in more detail at https://obrieniph.ucalgary.ca.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (equity@ucalgary.ca) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (hrhire@ucalgary.ca).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

In support of University of Calgary's promotion of a diverse workforce, the Faculty of Science is committed to showing leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion and nurturing a healthy and respectful workplace environment for all.

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science, click here

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  

 

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