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Aboriginal Health - Assistant or Associate Professor

Labrador/St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Deadline: December 05, 2015  12:00:00 am

Faculty of Medicine

Assistant or Associate Professor

Aboriginal Health

Division of Community Health and Humanities


This is a tenure track, faculty position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. The position will be based at the Labrador Institute, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, with full access to the Institute’s facilities. The position also will have access to resources within the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University. The successful candidate will report to the Associate Dean, Division of Community Health and Humanities.


The successful candidate will be a community engaged scholar who is expected to develop his/her own research agenda relative to the needs of the northern and Aboriginal peoples of the region in collaboration with local communities and health workers. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute towards building local research capacity including advising/collaborating on research proposal development, applying for grants, assisting in the utilization and creation of databases and participating in the dissemination of knowledge.  It is anticipated that the successful candidate will work closely with Labrador-Grenfell Health, the Northern Family Medicine (NorFam) program, the Labrador Institute, the Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development, NunatuKavut Community Council, Sheshatshiu Innu Health Commission, Mushuau Innu Health Commission and communities in the region. The individual will be expected to participate in appropriate activities of the Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine including: strategic planning, student support, and teaching core courses in one or more of the degree programs in community health and humanities.


Candidates must have knowledge of northern and Aboriginal health issues and the ability to develop a productive research program supported by external funding. Ideally, candidates should possess a PhD in an appropriate health-related field. However, a suitable candidate who does not possess a PhD but has relevant experience and appropriate expertise will be considered if he/she is willing to commit to a PhD program. If a successful candidate has not earned a doctoral degree, he/she shall be appointed to a regular term, non-renewable three-year appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.  If the candidate completes all the requirements for the doctorate during the first 24 months of the term appointment, he/she shall begin a tenure-track appointment following completion of the requirements of the degree.  The successful candidate should have an appreciation for the ethical complexities of health research involving aboriginal peoples, experience in interdisciplinary collaboration and experience in community-based research.


This position is based in Happy Valley-Goose Bay a community of 8,600 and an administrative center for Labrador. Happy Valley-Goose Bay is a family-friendly community and offers great opportunities for outdoor activities. Innu, Inuit, and Labrador Métis all contribute to the diverse culture in the region.


The Labrador Institute of Memorial University was established to stimulate, coordinate, and support University projects while expanding the Labrador knowledge base but also to promote the well-being of the people of Labrador.  Its location in Happy Valley-Goose Bay allows institute members the opportunity to work directly with aboriginal groups and to be attuned to Labrador issues and their context. The research center in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is situated within the Canadian Circumpolar Region and as such provides enhanced opportunities for obtaining research grants.


Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.


Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada.  As the province’s only university, Memorial plays an integral role in the education and cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning.


The application package should include curriculum vitae, contact details of three referees, one sample of scholarly writing, and a letter of application including an overview and discussion of qualifications and interests as they relate to the position.


Applications should be received by the Division of Community Health and Humanities by December 5, 2015.


Applications should be addressed to:  Associate Dean, Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, A1B 3V6. Applications can be submitted electronically to  Please quote VPA # MEDI 2014-009.


This appointment is subject to budgetary approval. 


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