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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Chair, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, at Western University, is inviting applications for the position of Chair in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics. 

The Department is dedicated to the expert teaching, application and discovery of epidemiological and health services research methods to improve population health.  The Department offers both MSc and PhD degrees.  A new undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree with Honors Specialization in Epidemiology & Biostatistics.  The faculty deploys leading-edge methods in the study of health or health service questions. Areas of methodological expertise include: cohort study design; case-control study design; therapeutic and preventive clinical and field trials; scale development and evaluation; systematic reviews and meta-analysis; survey methods including complex survey designs; measuring inter-observer agreement/reliability, and health economics methods.  Research interests of the department include studies of prenatal/postnatal health; trajectories of children’s health; falls in the elderly; health and health services issues in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities; aboriginal health with particular interest on obesity and metabolic syndromes; cardiovascular health; access to health care; influence of primary physician remuneration on primary health care access; and wait times for secondary physician services.

The successful candidate should have a demonstrated record of success as an independent scientist, as indicated by peer-reviewed papers and grants, demonstrated excellence in teaching, including graduate student supervision at the doctoral level, and have a proven reputation for effective interpersonal, administrative and leadership skills.  The new Chair will be expected to support the research, educational and interdisciplinary initiatives of the Department, to help maintain the positive forward momentum of the Department and to develop new initiatives in research/scholarship. The successful candidate must have a MD, PhD, DDS or equivalent, and would be appointed with tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.  The position of Chair is for a five year term, renewable.

Western University is located in London, Ontario, with a metropolitan census of 530,000. As Canada’s 11th largest city, London boasts an extensive educational and health care community including three teaching hospitals, two research institutes, an ICES (Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) node, a Statistics Canada Research Data Centre and an academic health sciences network across Southwestern Ontario.  Western University is home to a unique case-based interfaculty program in Masters of Public Health to which the department is a major contributor.

With full time enrollment of 32,000, Western graduates students from a range of academic and professional programs. Further information about the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Western University can be found at, and  Western’s Recruitment & Retention Office is available to assist in the transition of successful applications and their families.  Details about the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics can be found at

Interested candidates should submit a CV outlining their research, teaching, and administrative experience and interests, including future directions, together with the names and addresses of three referees to:


Dr. Michael Strong, Dean
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Room 3701A, Clinical Skills Building
Western University
London, Ontario N6A 5C1
FAX: (519) 850-2357


Please ensure that the form available at is completed and included in your application submission.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Review of applicants will begin after September 30, 2015.

Positions are subject to budget approval.  Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.   Western University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including women and men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.