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The Department of Public Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenure-track Biostatistician at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a preferred starting date of 1 July 2020.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biostatistics or equivalent, completed by the start date of the appointment.  They will be expected to: 1) have strong training in the application of statistical methods to epidemiology, clinical research and/or public health; 2) demonstrate a strong interest and aptitude for teaching; 3) lead an externally funded (eg. CIHR, NSERC) program of research; and 4) demonstrate a commitment to working collaboratively with students and colleagues in the Department and the University.

The Department of Public Health Sciences offers 4 graduate teaching programs: a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Epidemiology, a Master of Science in Biostatistics and a Ph.D. in Public Health Sciences, including a specialization in Biostatistics, and contributes to undergraduate teaching in the Life Sciences and the Bachelor of Health Sciences programs.  The Department has strong programs of research in biostatistics, clinical trials, epidemiology, health services research and public health.  There are many opportunities for collaboration within the department and many academic units across the University.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The University invites applications from all qualified individuals.  Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens/permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen/permanent resident of Canada”, OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen/permanent resident of Canada”.   Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

A complete application consists of:

·         a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);

·         a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications)

·         a statement of current and future research plans;

·         a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available); and

·         Three letters of reference to be sent directly to Lee Watkins at lmw@queensu.ca

 

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2019.  Applications should be addressed to:

Dr. Duncan Hunter

Department of Public Health Sciences

210 Carruthers Hall

62 Fifth Field Company Lane

Queen’s University

Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 3N6

 

Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application packages electronically as PDFs to Dr. Hunter at lmw@queensu.ca.  Review of applications will begin in October and continue until the position is filled.

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.  If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Lee Watkins (lmw@queensu.ca) in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Room 208 Carruthers Hall, (613) 533-6000, extension 77095.

Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at https://www.queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/queens-qufa-collective-agreement and at https://qufa.ca/

 

Term Adjunct Teaching Position Available, Winter 2020

 Posted on PHS Website:  June 21, 2019

Course: Applied Research Methods for Program Planning & Evaluation (EPID 806)

The Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University is seeking a Term Adjunct to teach Applied Research Methods for Program Planning & Evaluation (EPID 806), a mandatory course for Master of Public (MPH) students and an elective course for Master of Science (MSc) students.  This position is for a single term commencing in January 2020 and concluding in April 2020. MPH students take this course in their second term just prior to their summer workplace practicum where they apply many of the skills learned in EPID806.

EPID 806 is a half credit, graduate course.  The class is scheduled weekly, for 3 consecutive hours, for the duration of the 12 week term.  The enrolment will be between 45 and 60 students. 

This course provides an overview of health research methods and tools to assist students to complete the ‘Evidence to Action’ planning and evaluation cycle developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Public Health (Methods and Tools). Topics covered include: defining the issue, searching for evidence, using surveillance data, engaging the community, conducting a stakeholder analysis, understanding survey methods, handling qualitative data, building logic models, choosing indicators, identifying adaptations for local implementation, communicating the results and recommending action.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Canadian National Collaborating Centre for Public Health (Methods & Tools) and to place their proposed syllabus within the framework of the Queen’s MPH Program learning outcomes. (https://phs.queensu.ca/graduate-programs/master-public-health/program-overview)

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for generating a course syllabus, compiling and distributing course materials using OnQ, instructing weekly classes, developing and marking student assignments and evaluations , communicating effectively with students, providing on-campus office hours and working effectively with a Teaching Assistant to ensure a successful course delivery.  Instructor will be responsible for teaching 100% of the course.

Qualifications and Experience 

 Interested individuals are required to have: a PhD or a post-graduate degree in a Public Health-related discipline, academic or professional experience using applied research methods to conduct health program planning & evaluation, and teaching experience in a related course.

Salary

In accordance with the Queen’s University Faculty Association collective agreement.

Application

It is asked that all interested and qualified candidates submit a complete and current curriculum vitae, a proposed course outline and the names and contact information for two referees who may be contacted.

Applicants are also invited to submit any other relevant material  (eg. teaching dossier).

Please email all documents to:

Dr. Duncan Hunter, Interim Department Head

 c/o Lee Watkins, Administrative Assistant

 Department of Public Health Sciences 

lmw@queensu.ca

Application deadline:  Friday, July 26, 2019

Queen’s University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

 

TEACHING ASSISTANT POSITIONS

The following Teaching Assistant (TA) positions are available for the Fall and Winter Terms 2019-20 in the Department of Public Health Sciences.  Rate of pay for these positions is $41.99 per hour and duration of work is 12 weeks.   Hours per week will be 4-8 unless otherwise noted.   TAs will be required to complete online AODA and Health and Safety training if you have not already done so.   You will be reimbursed for the time spent completing this training.

Note:  TA  hours per week constitute time allowed to be spent on non-thesis work and so need to be considered in view of the 10 hours per week average allowed over the course of a year on non-thesis work.

 

Students should note that they are still expected to meet all milestones for their own MSc/MPH/PhD work if you receive a teaching assistantship.  The Department requires  that you speak  with your supervisor or program director (MPH Students) before accepting any TA position.

Students may apply for more than one position.  Please note order of preference over the two terms in your application letter.

Interested graduate students should submit a copy of your Queen’s transcript, cv and a description of your academic accomplishments, relevant experience and course preferences to Lee Watkins at lmw@queensu.ca by July 26, 2019.

 

FOR FALL TERM

1.       EPID 801  Introduction to Epidemiology, Instructor:  Kristan Aronson

The TAs will: 1) plan, prepare and lead tutorials and review  sessions; 2) support and encourage student participation in group discussions designed to reinforce understanding of the epidemiological concepts; and 3) mark assignments and exams, and 4)  manage onQ communications).

Prerequisites for this position:  successful completion of EPID 801 and EPID 804 (or equivalent).  Clear understanding and ability to communicate epidemiological concepts and applications, and demonstrated ability to work well with others.

2.       EPID 802  Foundations in Public Health:  Instructor:  Colleen Davison

With the direction of the course instructor, the TA will: (1) lead the “Social Determinants of Health” board game tutorial; (2) lead one mini lecture (3) respond to student queries about navigating assignments and the OnQ space, and; (4) assist in marking. Details to be discussed with the instructor once TA is selected.

Prerequisites for this position:  Successful completion of EPID 802 or a similar course. Strong communication and organizational skills.

3.       EPID 821   Introductory Biostatistics, Instructor:  Paul Peng

The TAs will: 1) plan, prepare and lead tutorials and review  sessions; 2) manage the OnQ space to support and encourage student participation in online discussions to reinforce understanding of the biostatistics concepts; and 3) mark assignments and exams, and 4) have office hours to provide assistance to students.

Prerequisites  for this position:  successful completion of EPID 821 and EPID 822. Clear understanding and ability to communicate basic biostatistics concepts and methods, and demonstrated ability to work well with others. Ability to use simple statistics software such as SPSS is considered an asset

 

4.     EPID 805 Leading Evidence Informed Action:  Instructors:  Erica Weir, Megan Carter

TA duties will include:  Work with the instructors responsible for the course to: 1) plan, prepare and co-ordinate group assignments and simulated Board of Health meeting; 2) support and encourage student participation in group discussions designed to reinforce understanding of the  concepts introduced during class and through readings; and 3) assist instructors with managing the OnQ platform and marking assignments.  Details to be discussed with Erica Weir and Megan Carter.

5.      EPID 301 Principles of Epidemiology  (undergraduate course), Instructor:  Duncan Hunter

Teaching assistant duties will include: helping the instructor with lecturing, setting and marking assignments and exams, leading some tutorial sessions and providing assistance to students. Details will be determined with instructor. 

Prerequisites for this position:  successful completion of  EPID 801 and EPID 821, a firm grasp of material covered in Introduction to Epidemiology course and a demonstrated ability to clearly convey this  material. 

6.     EPID 401, Biostatistical Data Analysis for Life Sciences Students.  (undergraduate course) Instructor: Paul Peng

Duties will include: Leading labs (teaching SPSS) and lab data practices (SPSS based); holding weekly office hour; Meeting with course instructor;  preparing lab notes and solutions to data practices; marking lab data practices;  marking homework assignments.

Prerequisites for this position:  successful completion of EPID 821 and EPID 822 or equivalent. Clear understanding and ability to communicate basic biostatistics concepts and methods, and demonstrated ability to work well with others. Ability to use SPSS to conduct basic statistical data analysis.

7.     EPID 837 Health Services Research, Instructor: Patti Groome

Working with the Professor, duties will include: 1) plan weekly sessions including help with identification of course readings; 2) develop reading content quizzes; 3) quiz marking; 4) presentation marking; 5) participate in group discussions in class to support student learning. The TA will have the option to lead one half-session for teaching experience.

Prerequisites for this position: EPID 801, EPID 804, EPID 821, EPID 822 and familiarity with ICES data holdings through thesis or work-related experience.

 

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FOR WINTER TERM

 

1.       EPID 301 Principles of Epidemiology  (undergraduate course), Instructor:  Duncan Hunter

Teaching assistant duties will include: helping the instructor with lecturing, setting and marking assignments and exams, leading some tutorial sessions and providing assistance to students. Details will be determined with instructor. 

Prerequisites for this position:  successful completion of  EPID 801 and EPID 821, a firm grasp of material covered in Introduction  to Epidemiology course and a demonstrated ability to clearly convey this  material. 

2.       EPID 803  Public Health System in Canada:  Instructor:  Duncan Hunter

TA Duties will include:

Work with the professor responsible for the course: 1) plan, prepare and lead tutorials and review  sessions; 2) support and encourage student participation in group discussions designed to reinforce understanding of the  concepts introduced during class and through readings; and 3) mark assignments and exams.

No prerequisite classes required.

 

3.       EPID 804, Intermediate Epidemiology,  Instructor:  Will King

Duties will include office time to assist students with questions, managing course web site, marking of assignments, one lecture and leading class breakout sessions, and sharing in the marking of mid-term exams and final papers.

Prerequisites for this position:  successful completion of EPID 801 and EPID 804.

4.       EPID 806 Applied Research Methods for Program Planning and Evaluation, Instructor: TBD

Duties will include:  Work with the professor responsible for the course: 1) plan, prepare and lead tutorials and review  sessions; 2) support and encourage student participation in group discussions designed to reinforce understanding of the  concepts introduced during class and through readings; and 3) mark assignments and exams, and have office hours to provide assistance to students).

 

5.       EPID 822   Intermediate Biostatistics, Coordinator:  Bingshu Chen

TA Duties will include:  provide two  hours of  office time per week to  assist students on an individual basis with biostatistics questions;  two  hours per week on marking homework assignments,  two  hours  per week to assist students during  SAS lab  and two  hours running a tutorial section

Prerequisites  for this position:  successful completion of EPID 821 and EPID 822.