Assistant Professor - Biomechanics or Human Movement Control

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The Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE) at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream appointment in human biomechanics or movement control. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in biomechanics, ergonomics, motor learning and control of human movement, rehabilitation sciences, engineering, or a closely related discipline, with a focus on research in biomechanics and/or human movement, by the date of appointment, or shortly thereafter. Post-doctoral training is highly desirable, as is experience in human movement analysis and/or applied/clinical biomechanics.

Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and a commitment to excellence in teaching and student mentorship. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an original, competitive, and externally funded research program in the broad area of human biomechanics. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate program teaching on the topic of biomechanics, and to increase opportunities for graduate students to conduct research in associated areas of scholarship. We seek candidates whose expertise facilitates research and teaching in one or more of the following fields:  biomechanics, ergonomics, kinesiology, human systems integration, or a closely related field.

Evidence of research excellence can be demonstrated through publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, competitive scholarships, other research funding, or other forms of recognition that are appropriate for the field of inquiry, as well as the research statement and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.
A commitment to excellent teaching and student mentorship in the undergraduate and graduate programs is expected, as evidenced by teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference and a teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (to include a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations). Contributions to service through engagement on Faculty-related committees will also be expected.
KPE research strengths can be thematically grouped into the following four themes: optimizing performance; healthy sport and active living; global citizenry in sport and exercise; physical activity interactions with healthcare. We seek exceptional candidates who would complement our existing strengths (for KPE Faculty Members/Research Areas, please see and expand upon existing collaborations with colleagues in the Faculty, university and the related research community.  Applicants will be assessed on the basis of these criteria, as they relate to each candidate’s area of inquiry.
The selection process will be based on application materials, reference letters, and evidence of scholarship, as well as interviews, research seminar, and meetings with faculty and students for those who are shortlisted.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s largest and most research-intensive university, and the only Canadian university to be repeatedly among the top 25 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world’s most diverse cities with a vibrant Indigenous community, the University of Toronto’s vibrant academic life is defined by the intellectual and cultural diversity in its community.

The appointment is at the University of Toronto, St. George campus, which is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. The University offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities of the world.

The Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE) at the University of Toronto has made major contributions to its mission of developing, advancing and disseminating knowledge about physical activity and health and its interactions through, education, research, leadership and the provision of opportunity. With a culturally diverse student body of more than 1000 undergraduate students and 140 graduate students, as well as 40 faculty members from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, ours is an intellectually rich and supportive community, guided by the highest standards of scholarship with a commitment to equity and social justice. The successful candidate will join an internationally recognized faculty whose commitments to equity and access are reflected in our research, education, policy and practice. In keeping with this commitment, particular attention will be given to candidates from under-represented groups.
All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the link below.  Application materials illustrating the points listed above must be submitted online and include: a detailed curriculum vitae, a cover letter, up to three sample publications, a 3-5 page statement detailing research objectives and plans, and a teaching dossier that includes a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations. 
Applicants should list the names, organizational affiliation, and contact information of three referees. Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead and signed) to [email protected] by the closing date. 
If you have questions about this position, please email [email protected]. All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by November 7th, 2019, 23:59 h EST.
Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.
Information about the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education and its faculty members can be found at our home page:
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Department: Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: Oct 1, 2019
Job Closing: Nov 7, 2019




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Posted: 10/2/2019
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