Community Health Sciences - Director, Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (MFN CAHR).

University of Manitoba

Location: Manitoba
Date posted: 2013-04-05

Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (MFN CAHR)
Section of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health
Department of Community Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
University of Manitoba


The University of Manitoba is now recruiting for the full-time position of Director, Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (MFN CAHR). This is a tenure-track/tenured position at Associate or Full Professor level. Position Number: 16289/16290
Position start date: September 1, 2013 or soon thereafter.

Located in the thriving, multicultural city of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba offers students and faculty a vibrant learning community, exceptional facilities and the chance to explore ideas, challenge assumptions and turn theory into reality. The University of Manitoba plays a key role in the social, cultural, and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada, and the world.

The Department of Community Health Sciences includes academics, clinicians and public health practitioners working in areas of education, service, and research related to health services, the health of populations, societal and cultural dimensions of health, environment and health, and global public health. This integrated and multidisciplinary approach brings together researchers, health professionals and policy-makers from a variety of provincial, national and international organizations. The Department has a longstanding commitment to working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, and has a Section of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health, which is comprised of MFN CAHR, the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit, and the Centre for Aboriginal Health Education. The Section provides a focus for research, education and service delivery related to First Nations, Métis and Inuit heath. In joining the leadership of the Section, the Director of MFN CAHR will collaborate in advancing the vision of the Section, to wit: "The Section is a leading contributor to optimal health and well-being of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples in the context of honouring Indigenous self-determination in Manitoba, Nunavut and beyond."

MFN CAHR is a research centre of excellence that initiates, conducts and supports world class Indigenous health-related research and training activities in the areas of population and public health, health services, clinical, biomedical and genetics areas, and in health information systems. It was established in 2001 with the help of a contribution from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, as well as grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Manitoba Innovation Fund.

MFN CAHR is involved in a wide variety of activities in Indigenous health, including: initiating, coordinating and supporting research activities designed to assist First Nations, Métis, Inuit and global Indigenous communities and organizations in their efforts to promote health and wellness, and improve health services; integrating scientific and traditional Indigenous approaches to producing new knowledge about health and health care; and building the research capacity of students and community-based researchers in Indigenous health.

The Director, MFN CAHR, will be expected to continue an active research and teaching program of her/his own in Indigenous health, and in addition, will provide overall scientific, educational and management leadership to MFN CAHR, and be responsible for community relations. The Director will report to the Section Head, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health, and will work closely with the other units in the Section in the implementation of the Section's strategic plan. The Director will also collaborate actively with other key University of Manitoba and Department of Community Health Sciences programs, including the Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI)/Support Unit, the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, and others. The Director, MFN CAHR, will contribute to undergraduate and graduate medical education programs, and will help to develop a sustainable funding environment for the Centre's research and educational programs.

The position of Director, MFN CAHR, requires a mid- or senior-career academic with a strong record of leadership, grant funding success, a strong publication record, and successful experience in capacity building and community engagement. The successful candidate will:

  • have experience and demonstrated research and relationship-building skills in working with Indigenous communities and organizations;
  • have an established record of success in obtaining research grants, in producing significant publications in the Indigenous health field, and in knowledge translation to Indigenous communities;
  • have a demonstrated commitment to mentoring junior Indigenous health researchers and students;
  • have strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated strength in leading and working in research teams;
  • have significant policy interests and expertise, and demonstrated skills in innovative approaches to the dissemination and application of research; and
  • be committed to developing the Centre's vision, and its further growth and development.


Preference will be given to applicants who hold a doctoral degree in the social or health sciences, and have experience with mixed methods approaches; physicians and other health professionals must have advanced research training. Physicians would be appointed as geographic full-time (GFT) members. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


In order to expedite the selection process, the following documents should be provided to the Search Committee: 1) a letter of application; 2) a statement of how the applicant's program of study qualifies her/him for the position sought; 3) a brief statement of teaching and research interests; 4) a description of experience with community engagement; and 5) a curriculum vitae, with the names and contact information of three references.

The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are encouraged from qualified applicants including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the "Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act" (Manitoba). Please note that the curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

Applications are to be sent electronically to:

Dr. Stephen Moses
Department Head
Community Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
University of Manitoba
S113 Medical Services Building
750 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W3
Email: Stephen.moses@med.umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 789-3434

The deadline for initial review of applications is May 17, 2013. If necessary, the review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


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