Assistant Professor in Health Ethics - Tenure Track Position
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, Canada
1d ago

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University is seeking an exceptional scholar with expertise in ethical theory applied to population and public health for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Further focus on ethical theory applied to global health, infectious disease, and / or climate change health is desirable.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to establish a robust independent research program with a primary focus in the field of health ethics, attract research grants and publish their research in peer-reviewed venues appropriate to their discipline and topical expertise.

Candidates should have demonstrated experience and a strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate curriculum development related to health ethics.

At the undergraduate level, they should expect to teach courses in applied health ethics and the ethics of global health, infectious disease and / or climate change and health.

They should also be able to teach graduate-level courses in these areas as well as propose new courses. Supervision of undergraduate Honours degree students, as well as graduate students will also be expected.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to social justice, respect for human dignity and equity. Created in 2005, its mission is to improve the health of individuals and populations and to reduce health inequities through excellence in interdisciplinary research and education, in partnership with local, national and global communities.

The successful candidate will join a diverse and dynamic team of more than 50 multi-disciplinary faculty members and will have the opportunity to engage with and teach outstanding students in the PhD, MSc, MPH, and BA / BSc programs.

Main duties of the post :


  • Establish an independent research program centered on the field of ethical theory applied to population and public health;
  • Disseminate research findings by publishing high-quality scholarly research in peer-reviewed journals, books and other relevant channels, and through scholarly meetings or other knowledge translation activities;
  • Secure external funding in the form of research grants, fellowships, and / or consultancies; and
  • Respond to public enquiries related to their research activities.
  • Teaching

  • Provide leadership on the development and delivery of curriculum related to public health ethics at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Teach three courses during the academic year within the undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Successfully supervise undergraduate honours students as well as MPH, MSc and PhD students.
  • Service

  • Undertake service on FHS committees and contribute to the academic life of FHS and the wider community.
  • Qualifications : Essential


  • a PhD or comparable qualification in a field relevant to ethical theory applied to population and public health (e.g., Philosophy, Bioethics, Medical Humanities)
  • demonstrated training, knowledge, and experience of topics, theories, and methodologies related to ethical theory applied to population and public health
  • proven track record of research in ethical theory applied to population and public health, including relevant, peer-reviewed publications from the last five years
  • experience in university-level teaching in public health ethics
  • teaching excellence
  • demonstrable capacity to work independently
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Desirable

  • track record in obtaining external funding for research
  • experience in working across disciplines
  • experience in curriculum development and innovative teaching methods
  • experience in successfully supervising undergraduate and / or graduate students
  • About the Faculty of Health Sciences :

    The Faculty of Health Sciences is research-intensive and attracts approximately $7 million per year in research grants from Canadian and non-Canadian funders.

    Faculty engage in a broad spectrum of research approaches, methods of inquiry, and levels of analysis informed by the wide-ranging disciplinary expertise among FHS faculty including biostatistics, economics, epidemiology, immunology, international relations, medical anthropology, medical sociology, molecular toxicology, psychiatry, gender studies and public health.

    FHS now hosts the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal People’s Health, and maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, research centres, and provincial, national and international health agencies.

    Beyond the Faculty, SFU is home to a large community of scholars with health-related research interests in engineering, gender, sexuality and women’s health, biostatistics, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, kinesiology, psychology, gerontology, anthropology, sociology, Indigenous health and other disciplines.

    FHS produces a substantial body of research outputs, in the form of peer-reviewed papers in leading scholarly journals, books and book chapters, and policy reports, all of which are regularly cited in the local, national and international media.

    Submission of Applications :

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

    SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

    Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected.

    For further details see the collection notice.

    To apply for this position, candidates should submit a full curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a writing sample, and a descriptive statement of teaching background, research activities, and any administrative and leadership experience.

    These materials, along with the names and contact information of at least three academic references should be submitted electronically to : fhs recruit sfu.

    ca, clearly noting Public Health Ethics’ in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. In addition, only referees of shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and candidates will be notified if reference letters are requested.

    Applications will begin being reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on February 15, 2020 with a position start date of September 1, 2020.

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