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Assistant Professor, Software Engineering for Digital Health

Job ID: 31960
Location: Main Campus
Updated May 28, 2024

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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, Districts 5 and 6.

Description

The Schulich School of Engineering, at the University of Calgary invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Biomedical Engineering, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2025.

The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The candidate would be encouraged to apply to be a member of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health in the Cumming School of Medicine and participate in activities in W21C (https://www.w21c.org/). In alignment with the University of Calgary's Ahead of Tomorrow strategic plan and in support of its strategic academic and research priorities, the successful candidate will actively contribute to research, student/postdoc supervision, undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as curriculum development. 

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a strong research program in the area of Digital Health, with the potential to achieve national and international recognition in the next five to ten years. They will be expected to attract competitive external funding to support their research activities, and to attract excellent trainees and staff. They will be expected to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, related to their area of expertise including software engineering and undergraduate design. In time, the successful candidate is expected to grow into a leadership role within the Department, School, and University. The successful candidate will also provide service to the department, faculty, institute, University, and community and contribute to achieving equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible employment practices and workplaces.

The successful candidate will be an emerging scholar with an original, creative, innovative, and forward-looking research program, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to become an international leader in the field. Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree (or equivalent) in engineering, life sciences, or equivalent and a bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent. The successful candidate's research program will focus on Software Engineering for Digital Health. Topic areas may include designing software for managing health data, health software systems, privacy and EDI in data collection, health data collection processing and sharing. Examples of healthcare data includes but it not limited to the following list: 

  • Healthtech and medtech devices (sensors, wearables, control systems)
  • Clinical data (LLMs, cloud-based computing)
  • Healthcare system data
  • Data in Mobile/Desktop/Cloud Apps for medtech and healthtech applications
  • IoT systems for remote health monitoring
  • Picture archiving and communication system
  • Electronic Health Records

The successful candidate will have a mandate to develop a research program that advances critically required knowledge in software engineering for medical devices, medtech and healthtech technologies, and healthcare systems, that will attract competitive external funding, and experience in teaching and graduate student supervision at the University level. The research area exemplifies the University of Calgary's vision of research that is built around areas of excellence, entrepreneurial thinking, innovation, advanced technology, and strong connections to industry and community. 
Faculty members in the Schulich School of Engineering are expected to be or become eligible for registration as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) (https://www.apega.ca/). If any candidates require further information about this criterion, they are encouraged to contact the Department Head.

The Schulich School of Engineering is committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests and talents feel welcome and included. In 2016, the Schulich School of Engineering was recognized with the KNOVO Award of Distinction to honour the school's commitment to diversity and equity.

The new Biomedical Engineering Department is the home of undergraduate (BSc) and graduate thesis (MSc, PhD) and course-based (MEng) programming and is an anchor for cross-campus transdisciplinary activities in Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary (ucalgary.ca/bme) involves more than 300 faculty members with current annual research funding exceeding $75M. The university has made significant investments in Biomedical Engineering to date, including the allocation of six Tier 1 and nine Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs. A strong culture of collaboration and cross-disciplinary research excellence is enabled by significant research infrastructure located in multiple centers across campus. The University of Calgary's multidisciplinary Engineering Solutions for Health: Biomedical Engineering research strategy drives innovations that are saving lives and revolutionizing health care.  Biomedical Engineering is led by the Schulich School of Engineering, with the Cumming School of Medicine, and the faculties of Kinesiology, Nursing, Science, and Veterinary Medicine. With collaborative teams focused on wearable technologies, human mobility, health monitoring and management including e-health, advanced biomedical imaging, precision bio-diagnostics, regenerative medicine and novel medical technologies, our researchers are transforming health services and quality of life.  

The O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary supports academic scholars to tackle public health challenges, connecting them with health practitioners, citizens, governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations when collective action is required. The Institute's membership includes more than 500 multidisciplinary researchers from 17 Cumming School of Medicine departments and nine other University of Calgary faculties, such as Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Kinesiology and Arts; health professionals in Alberta Health Services; and, research users and policy makers from municipal and provincial institutions.   Together, we are advancing public health through research excellence. The W21C is a research and innovation initiative within the O'Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary. W21C's collaborative space and diverse team supports and enables health researchers to bring new ideas, prototypes, or health care innovations into the health care environment. One of W21C's primary goals is to attract and support multidisciplinary researchers, clinicians, industry partners, and patients and their families to collaborate on innovative approaches to improve patient safety and quality of care using state-of-the-art health services and research infrastructure.

The successful candidate will benefit from a rich ecosystem, which includes world-class scholars, a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, and an equitable, diverse, and inclusive university community that supports transdisciplinary research, partnerships and collaborations, and education excellence. The Schulich School of Engineering Strategic Plan, Schulich Momentum, identifies four pillars: 1) Indigenous Engagement, Inclusivity and Reconciliation; 2) Fostering a Community through Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility; 3) Preparing Tomorrow’s Engineering Changemakers; and 4) Elevating Research and Innovation Impact. The Schulich School of Engineering is a key contributor the University of Calgary Ahead of Tomorrow strategic plan, which emphasizes transdisciplinary scholarship, deeper community integration, and future-focused program delivery. For more information, please visit the Schulich School of Engineering website.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications): 

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae, as well as the name and contact information of three referees
  • Statement of research interests, accomplishments and vision (maximum 2 pages) 
  • Statement of teaching philosophy promoting student learning and success (maximum 2 pages). This can include information on teaching experience, training, and mentoring inside and outside the classroom at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels
  • Statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (maximum 2 pages) (https://www.ucalgary.ca/equity-diversity-inclusion

Applications are accepted until Sept 1, 2024

Questions may be addressed to:
Dr. Michael Kallos
Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Email: [email protected] 

The University of Calgary adheres to the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and strives to evaluate research impact responsibly and inclusively by explicitly considering discipline-appropriate methods for demonstrating the quality, significance, and societal impact of a broad range of research contributions.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy 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)

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering, click here.

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  

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