Associate Professor - Indigenous Health, Aging, and Health Services

Job Description


The Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto seeks applications for a full-time tenure stream position in Indigenous Health, Aging, and Health Services, with a focus on Indigenous data stewardship, and aging and brain health research. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor, located in the Division of Epidemiology, with an opportunity for a joint-appointment as a Senior Scientist in Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute (RRI). The position is anticipated to start January 1, 2022.

Candidates must have earned a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree (e.g. DrPH, MD/MSc, MD+MPH) in Indigenous health, community health services, epidemiology or a related field with a demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. The ideal candidate will be a respected scholar with exemplary collaborative leadership and communication skills, with a strong track-record of coordinating and developing Indigenous research programs across institutions. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and build on our existing strengths at the DLSPH and the RRI. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an outstanding, competitive and externally funded research program, and will be expected to bring and continue to develop an innovative, independent and inclusive program of scholarship that emphasizes community building and partnerships both within and outside of the University. In particular, the candidate will lead a collaborative research program in Indigenous health – in particular in aging, dementia, and brain health research — that applies methods from health services research and epidemiology, as well as Two Eyed Seeing approaches in neuroscience and behavioural research, and that links the Dalla Lana School to important health system partners such as Baycrest Health Sciences and ICES.

The successful candidate must have a strong 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, a history of leadership in national health research initiatives, a demonstrated commitment to building capacity for Indigenous aging and brain research in students and colleagues, and an exceptional methodological skillset in Indigenous knowledges.

Candidates must also demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching related to Indigenous health and health systems through their 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.

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.

The culture of the DLSPH is one that regards teaching and mentorship as fundamental to scholarship, and excellence in teaching and mentorship is required. The successful candidate will be required to teach in accordance with the School’s workload policy and provide mentorship and supervision for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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 health systems. 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

Baycrest is a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging. Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest provides excellent care for older adults combined with an extensive clinical training program for the next generation of healthcare professionals. Baycrest also is one of Canada’s top 5 most research-intensive hospitals, housing one of the world’s leading research institutes in cognitive neuroscience, the Rotman Research Institute (RRI); and serving as the scientific headquarters of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, Canada’s largest national dementia research initiative. Founded in 1989, the RRI focuses on four primary research themes: Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroinformatics, Aging and Brain Health, and Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias, and serves as an umbrella for all research at Baycrest.

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 also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at [email protected] 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: For questions regarding this position, please contact [email protected]

All application materials, including letters of reference, must be received by June 1, 2021.

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

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected]

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