Faculty position: Infectious disease modelling and estimation


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Simon Fraser University, Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive university. With three campuses
located in beautiful British Columbia’s largest municipalities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey -
our students, faculty and staff are privileged to live, work, and play on the traditional unceded
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Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top employers, SFU is an institution whose strength is
based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the pursuit of
decolonization, indigenization and reconciliation. Diversity is an underlying principle of our
Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect,
celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty staff and our community.”

The Opportunity: The Department of Mathematics invites applications for a tenure track or tenured position and
NSERC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Infectious Disease Modelling and Estimation
with an effective earliest start date of July 1, 2021. This Tier 2 CRC appointment opportunity
is intended for exceptional emerging scholars in the mathematics of infectious disease, at the
rank of assistant or associate professor (or those who possess the necessary qualifications to be
appointed to these levels). Normally, the candidate must have been an active researcher in their
field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination. Applicants who are more than 10 years
from their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental, or
extended sick leave, clinical training, research delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, etc.) may
have their eligibility for a Tier 2 CRC assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process;
please see the CRC website for eligibility details.
SFU will nominate the hired faculty for a Tier 2 CRC. This position is not contingent upon the
applicant receiving a Tier 2 CRC. However, alignment with the CRC nomination criteria will be
part of the overall selection process. The position is subject to the availability of funding and to
final approval by the University Board of Governors and the Tri-agency Institutional Programs
Secretariat (TIPS). The CRC is tenable for five years and is renewable once, which is subject to
the Chairholder demonstrating that they have achieved their objectives from their first term.
Interested applicants are invited to review the initial appointment and chair renewal details of the
CRC Program.

We seek applicants with a high-quality, high-impact, independent research program evidenced
by a publishing record in leading scholarly journals and international conferences, and who is
active in applying their knowledge to problems in public health. Applicants should have
demonstrated strength in teaching and mentoring.
Candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent) in mathematics, statistics, physics, or in a field
related to epidemiological modeling, pathogen research, or public health (with a focus on analytic
methods); postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. Their research expertise must be in
infectious disease modelling and estimation. Potential areas of interest are broad, and could
include: antimicrobial resistance; respiratory, vector-borne, zoonotic, or chronic infections;
behavioural or ecological aspects of infectious disease; impacts of interventions; genomic
epidemiology; and/or biomathematical and statistical methods for infectious disease. The position
fits in with the “Supporting health across the human lifespan” theme of the 2016-2022 SFU
Strategic Research Plan. The successful candidate will join researchers in the MAGPIE Research
Group at SFU’s Burnaby Campus.
Candidates must have demonstrated strength in face-to-face or online teaching in mathematics,
including at the undergraduate level, and a commitment to create inclusive learning environments
for all students. The candidate should have interest and ability in curriculum development.
We seek a colleague with a record of service commensurate with experience, -- who brings a
collegial, flexible and communicative approach to contributing to their department, university and
scientific community.

How To Apply
To apply, applicants should provide:

  • A cover letter addressing the full scope of the job requirements
  • A curriculum vitae (include details of research and teaching, scholarly record, funding,
    and list of collaborations/partnerships)
  • A research statement detailing current and future research plans
  • A teaching statement describing teaching experience and philosophy·
  • The names of 4 references, with one able to speak to teaching ability
    SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g. parental leave,
    leave due to illness, research delays due to COVID-19) can impact research achievements and
    commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged
    to highlight in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them.
    SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service,
    and non-traditional areas of research and/or research outputs; demonstrated experience in
    increasing diversity in the previous institutional environment, and in curriculum, is also an asset.
    All applications should be submitted through MathJobs.org at:
    https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/17322 (Position ID: SFUIDME).
    SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including
    women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual
    orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of
    the university. SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment
    opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU
    will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the workforce, ensure that equal
    opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University, and treat all employees
    equitably. Candidates who belong to equity-deserving groups are particularly encouraged to
    apply. Simon Fraser University encourages applications from all qualified applicants, however,
    Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
    SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible
    campus community for faculty, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for
    more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is
    accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits,
    services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Specialist, Equity,
    Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.
    The competition will remain open until March 22, 2021 or until the position is filled. Any general
    inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to Rachel Tong, Chair’s Assistant, (she/her),
    Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University
    for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection
    Notice: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.html.
Early career faculty
Simon Fraser University
Closing date
March 22nd, 2021
Posted on
February 13th, 2021 02:35
Last updated
February 13th, 2021 02:35