Associate Professor - Biomechanics or Human Movement Control

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The Facultyof Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE) at the University of Torontoinvites applications for a tenure stream appointment in biomechanics or humanmovement control. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professorand will begin on July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.


Applicantsmust 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 inbiomechanics and/or human movement and with a demonstrated exceptional recordof excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will beexpected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate program teaching on topicsthat employ biomechanical methods, and to increase opportunities for graduatestudents to conduct research in associated areas of scholarship. We seekcandidates whose expertise facilitates research and teaching in one or more ofthe following fields:  biomechanics, ergonomics, kinesiology, humansystems integration, or a closely related field.


Applicants musthave established and sustained over several years a record of researchexcellence at the international level, and will be expected to maintain andlead an outstanding, innovative, competitive, independent, andexternally-funded research program at that level. Excellence in research willbe demonstrated by a record of sustained and impactful contributions andpublications in top ranked relevant journals, the submitted research statement,presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades,and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility andprominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements by referees of topinternational stature.

Excellence in teaching and student mentorshipin the undergraduate and graduate programs is expected, as evidenced byteaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference, and a teaching dossier submittedas part of the application (including a teaching statement, course syllabi, andteaching evaluations). Contributions to service through engagement onDepartment or Faculty committees will also be expected.

KPE researchstrengths can be thematically grouped into the following four themes:optimizing performance; healthy sport and active living; global citizenry insport and exercise; physical activity interactions with healthcare. We seekexceptional candidates who would complement our existing strengths (for KPEFaculty Members/Research Areas, please see and expand upon existing collaborations with colleagues in theFaculty, university and the related research community.  Applicants willbe assessed on the basis of these criteria, as they relate to each candidate’sarea of inquiry.

Theselection process will be based on application materials, reference letters,and evidence of scholarship, as well as interviews, research seminar, andmeetings with faculty and students for those who are shortlisted.

Salary willbe commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Establishedin 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s largest and mostresearch-intensive university, and the only Canadian university to berepeatedly 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 avibrant Indigenous community, the University of Toronto’s vibrant academic lifeis defined by the intellectual and cultural diversity in its community.

Theappointment is at the University of Toronto, St. George campus, which is aresearch-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment, amulticultural student body, and a modern campus. The University offers theopportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diversecities of the world.


The Facultyof Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE) at the University of Toronto hasmade major contributions to its mission of developing, advancing anddisseminating knowledge about physical activity and health and its interactionsthrough, education, research, leadership and the provision of opportunity. Witha culturally diverse student body of more than 1000 undergraduate students and100 graduate students, as well as 40 faculty members from diverse disciplinarybackgrounds, ours is an intellectually rich and supportive community, guided bythe highest standards of scholarship with a commitment to equity and socialjustice. The successful candidate will join an internationally recognizedfaculty whose commitments to equity and access are reflected in our research,education, policy and practice. In keeping with this commitment, particularattention will be given to candidates from under-represented groups.


Allqualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the linkbelow.  Application materials illustrating the points listed above must besubmitted online and include: i) a detailed curriculum vitae, ii) a coverletter, ii) up to three sample publications, iii) a 3-5 page statementdetailing research objectives and plans, as well as, iv) a teaching dossierthat includes a statement of teaching interests and philosophy,  sample course syllabi, and teachingevaluations.


Applicantsshould list the names, organizational affiliation, and contact information ofthree referees.  Applicants must alsoarrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee viaemail (on letterhead and signed) to [email protected] by the closing date. 


If you havequestions about this position, please email [email protected]. Allapplication materials including reference letters must be received by November 7th, 2019, 23:59 h EST.


Submissionguidelines can be found at: Werecommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Wordformat.


Informationabout the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education and its facultymembers can be found at our home page:  

The University ofToronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especiallywelcomes 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 ofideas.

As part of yourapplication, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. Thissurvey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidentialand cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Resultswill be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information,please see

All qualifiedcandidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residentswill 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
Application Due: 11/8/2019
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