Department of Political Science: CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Healthy Aging

Posted: July 21, 2020

Academic Employment Opportunity #20-01

UNB Fredericton

Closing Date: Applications will be accepted until September 14, 2020.

The Department of Political Science in the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Faculty of Arts, Fredericton campus, invites applications for a CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Healthy Aging, with a specialization in health policy, public policy or related disciplines. The successful applicant will be appointed in the tenure track stream at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021 or January 1, 2022.

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in Political Science or related discipline, as required by UNB. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of excellence in empirical research as it relates to the social, demographic, economic and/or health dimensions of aging. Excellence will be indicated by an established track record in peer-reviewed publications and other dissemination activity such as conference presentations, reports for government, and policy papers. Experience conducting research on large population-level datasets would be a definite asset. Candidates should also have a demonstrated record of excellence in university teaching.

The successful candidate will be a research affiliate with UNB's New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT), and will collaborate with Provincial government agencies and other stakeholders through this affiliation. The Chair will establish an active research program that focuses on supporting evidence-based policy and practice as it relates to healthy aging; this program will be supported by external funding and aligned with UNB's and the Faculty of Arts' strategic plans. The successful candidate will teach one full course per year or its equivalent in the Department of Political Science.

Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been active researchers in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination), acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. Potential applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree, and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc., and/or where applicable exceptional circumstances are present, may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the CRC Program's Tier 2 justification process. Please contact Heidi Van Wart at for more information. UNB recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental, illness) can have on a candidate's record of research achievement. Leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

Applicants should provide a cover letter, CV, 3 reference letters and other relevant supporting material to Dr. Donald Wright, Chair of Political Science, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3. Applications may be mailed or emailed to Contact Dr. Ted McDonald (, 506-452-6199) for more information on the position and Dr. Donald Wright (, 506-458-7494) for more information on the Department. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. Applicants should indicate current citizenship status. The offer of an appointment is conditional upon a successful outcome of the CRC nomination. UNB ensures that employment opportunities are accessible to all applicants. To request accommodations at any stage in the recruitment and hiring process, please contact UNB's HR Assistant (Employment & Equity) at 506-453-4648 or

Applications will be accepted until September 14, 2020.

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide satisfactory proof of credentials including appropriately certified translations of credentials into English, as applicable.

The University of New Brunswick is committed to fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all candidates who will help us achieve our goals, including women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We recognize that career paths are not always linear, particularly for individuals from marginalized groups, and we encourage applicants to explain the impact any career interruptions may have had on their research history. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.