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Canada Research Chair (Tier II), Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in Young Adults, Werklund School of Education

Job ID: 24752

Updated: October 6, 2022

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

The Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in Young Adults. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (with tenure) and will be nominated for a CRC Tier II position.

The CRC may involve conducting research on: 1) creating individualized supports integrating education and public health; 2) evaluating the effectiveness of a universal design for learning framework in post-secondary; 3) implementing innovative interventions that promote mental health and build independence (e.g., peer mentorship, self-advocacy); 4) implementing a transition program for individuals transitioning in and out of post-secondary education; and 5) providing scholarly support for teaching and learning interventions.

In addition to maintaining an active funded research program, the Chair also will be expected to supervise graduate students, teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in their areas of specialization and demonstrate leadership in service, collaboration and mentorship within the University and the community. As well, the Chair will be expected to engage actively with the public and the media in matters related to the Chair.

The successful candidate at the Assistant Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a track record of publications in high quality journals, securing external research funding, and effectiveness in teaching at the university level.

The successful candidate at the Associate Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a strong track record of publications in high quality journals, evidence of securing ongoing external research funding, effectiveness in teaching at the university level, and evidence of effective graduate student supervision.

The position provides an opportunity to establish a vigorous, sustainable, externally funded research program in the area of neurodevelopmental disabilities, contribute to teaching and graduate student supervision, and participate in leadership of related research, education and service. This is an excellent opportunity to build and develop an innovative research program within a dynamic and collaborative environment. A competitive salary and an attractive start-up package will be provided.

The successful candidate will hold a completed doctorate in neurodevelopment disorders or related discipline in an area of specialization relevant to the Chair. Preference will be given to candidates whose research focuses on targeted and integrated interventions and supports for emerging adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities to ensure a successful transition. The CRC will bring additional knowledge and solutions to systemic challenges that emerging adults face every day. This CRC, focused on emerging adults with neurodevelopment disabilities, will meet the CIHR goals of improving the health of the Canadian population specifically in developing a better understanding of social, cultural, educational, environmental, occupational and economic factors that influence the successful integration and transition of emerging adults in the workforce.

The Canada Research Chair Program
The Canada Research Chairs Program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development. It invests approximately $295 million per year to attract and retain a diverse cadre of world-class researchers, to reinforce academic research and training excellence in Canadian postsecondary institutions.  

Tier II Chairs are tenable for five years and renewable once. Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Candidates who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and who have had career breaks, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical training, and research interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic etc., may have their eligibility for a Tier II Chair assessed through the program's Tier II justification process. 

Please contact University of Calgary's Office of Research Services for more information: [email protected]. Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada's CRC website, including eligibility criteria:

To Apply
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link

Please be aware the application process allows for only two attachments – cover letter and curriculum vitae. 

Questions about this position may be directed to: [email protected] 

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration, and be sensitive to, the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate's research productivity.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Werklund School of Education.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Recently ranked the 3rd most liveable city in the world (2022) by The Economist Intelligence Unit, and possessing one of the youngest populations of major cities in Canada, Calgary is home to world-class attractions, sporting amenities and public infrastructure that supports a healthy lifestyle, making it a great place to raise a family ( Situated where the Canadian plains reach the sunny foothills of Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains, Calgary is a major urban centre surrounded by an area of profound beauty with an awe-inspiring mountains, lakes, rivers and gorgeous prairie. 

Consistently rated by the United Nations as the world’s best country to live in, Canada is the world’s second largest country by total area and is one of the most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. Canada ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, and education.

Posting Date: July 6, 2022
Closing Date: posted for a minimum of 30 days with possibility of extension until the position is filled


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