Assistant Professor - CLTA - Indigenous Spinal Cord Injury & Traumatic Brain Injury

Toronto (Region), Ontario (CA)
Wednesday, 30 December 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Assistant Professor - CLTA - Indigenous Spinal Cord Injury & Traumatic Brain Injury
Date Posted: 12/01/2020
Closing Date: 02/02/2021, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 687
Job Category: Faculty - Contractually Limited Term Appointment
Faculty/Division: Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Department: Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto seeks applications for a 5-year contractually limited term appointment (CLTA) in the area of Indigenous spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and is anticipated to start July 1, 2021 or earlier and end June 30, 2026. The successful candidate will be eligible to be appointed to the Professorship of Praxis Spinal Cord Institute and Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Professorship in Indigenous Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury for a five year term. 

Candidates must have earned a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree (e.g. DrPH, MD/MSc, MD+MPH, DVM) in Indigenous health or mental health, or a related field by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The ideal candidate will have a have a strong quantitative and/or qualitative research background, and demonstrate excellence in Indigenous methodological, interpersonal and communications skills. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an innovative, independent and competitive research program in Indigenous spinal cord injury and/or neurotrauma. They will be expected to conduct trans-disciplinary collaborative research with the Praxis Spinal Cord Institute, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, and Indigenous community partners.

The successful candidate must have a record of Indigenous community-driven research excellence and ethical engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions as demonstrated by community collaboration deliverables and/or publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals in their area of expertise, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, strong letters of reference, supporting materials commenting on Indigenous community engagement, and an exceptional methodological skillset in Indigenous knowledges.

Candidates must also demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching related to Indigenous public health science through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application to include a teaching statement, sample course materials and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference.

Excellent Indigenous knowledges methodology skills are essential. Experience and demonstrated interest in analysing large administrative datasets and/or Indigenous data are an asset, as are strong data management skills. Experience and demonstrated interest in the development of novel tools and methods for Indigenous data collection, analysis, and knowledge translation are also an asset.

Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search, which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people.

Applicants are expected to seek funding from tri-council agencies to support development of a research program. The culture of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health/Division of Social and Behaviour Health Sciences at DLSPH is one that regards teaching and mentorship as fundamental to scholarship, and excellence in teaching and mentorship is required. All successful candidates, without exception, will be required to teach according to workload policy and provide mentorship and supervision for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Established by Royal Charter in 1827, the University of Toronto is the largest and most prestigious research-intensive university in Canada, located in one of the world's great cities. The University has more than 19,000 faculty and staff, some 73,000 students enrolled across three campuses, an annual budget of $1.8 billion, including $376 million in externally funded research, an additional $469 million in research funding in the affiliated teaching hospitals, and one of the premier research libraries in North America.

The University of Toronto is an outstanding research university with a history of excellence in innovation and scholarship in public health and preventive medicine. The Dalla Lana School of Public Health opened in 2008 and has Faculty status at the University. It continues the legacy of excellence, scholarship and practice of the University of Toronto School of Hygiene, founded in 1923 as one of North America’s first Schools of Public Health. Current areas of interest among division members include cancer and infectious disease epidemiology, epidemiology of mental health and addictions, epidemiology of disability, climate change and public health, Indigenous health, global health, and artificial intelligence as applied to health research. The School’s scholarly priorities are outlined in its Strategic Plan, available at

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; a recent writing sample; a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations; and a letter of support commenting on their Indigenous community engagement. Candidates should clearly articulate how they meet the requirements for the job on their cover letter.

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed). PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University's automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters. 

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. For questions regarding this position, please contact

All application materials, including letters of reference, must be received by February 2, 2021. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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