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The Canadian Cancer Trials Group and the Department of Public Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University invite applications for a Tenure-track Data Scientist/Biostatistician at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2020.

 

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Data Sciences or equivalent degree completed by the start date of the appointment. They will be expected to have: 1) proficiency in statistical and computer programming; 2) experience with clinical studies that incorporate cancer biomarkers with an aim of developing precision therapy; and 3) the ability to design and analyze translational science or other types of studies which involve high dimensional data; 4) strong written and verbal communication skills; 5) potential to lead peer-reviewed externally funded research; and 6) a demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively with students and colleagues. This tenure track appointment is to the Department of Public Health Sciences but based in the Canadian Cancer Trials Group.

The member’s workload will have 75% committed time to the Canadian Cancer Trials Group and 25% committed time for independent research, graduate teaching and supervision in the Department of Public Health Sciences. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

The Canadian Cancer Trials Group, a stimulating and supportive environment, is the centre of operations and statistical office for one of Canada's leading cancer research programs. It is also one of North America’s cancer cooperative groups associated with the U.S. National Clinical Trials Network. The successful candidate will join a team of senior biostatisticians who: 1) provide leadership and technical support for research involving data derived from tumor specimens and other biomarkers along with observational data; and 2) oversee, in collaboration with multidisciplinary study teams, statistical and design aspects of a portfolio of cancer clinical trials.

 

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 with many academic units across the University. 

People from across Canada and around the world come to learn, teach and carry out research at Queen’s University. Faculty and their dependents are eligible for an extensive benefits package including prescription drug coverage, vision care, dental care, long-term disability insurance, life insurance and access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. You will also participate in a pension plan. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying employees, their spouses and dependent children.  Queen’s values families and is pleased to provide a ‘top up’ to government parental leave benefits for eligible employees on maternity/parental leave.  In addition, Queen’s provides partial reimbursement for eligible daycare expenses for employees with dependent children in daycare. Details are set out in the Queen’s-QUFA Collective Agreement. For more information on employee benefits, see Queen’s Human Resources.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Additional information about Queen’s University can be found on the Faculty Recruitment and Support website. The University is situated on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, in historic Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario. Kingston’s residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life with a wide range of cultural, recreational, and creative opportunities. Visit Inclusive Queen’s for information on equity, diversity and inclusion resources and initiatives.

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.

In addition, the impact of certain circumstances that may legitimately affect a nominee’s record of research achievement will be given careful consideration when assessing the nominee’s research productivity. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions

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 by email to lmw@queensu.ca.

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 at the above email address or at 613-533-6000 ext. 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: http://queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/collective-agreement and at http://www.qufa.ca

The deadline for applications is January 6, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application packages electronically as PDFs to Dr. Duncan Hunter care of Lee Watkins lmw@queensu.ca. Review of applications will begin in January 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Dr. Duncan Hunter 

Department of Public Health Sciences

210 Carruthers Hall

62 Fifth Field Company Lane

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

K7L 3N6 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.