Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Assistive Technologies

University of Victoria


Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 2 in Assistive Technologies

The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications from external candidates for a Canada
Research Chair (CRC) Tier 2 in Assistive Technologies. Assistive technology development creates devices
and methods for improving the quality of life for people living with a broad range of cognitive and
physical challenges. This Canada Research Chair will run a world-class research program developing
novel technologies to assist people in overcoming challenges faced in daily activities, rehabilitation, as
well as to mitigate cognitive impairment. These technologies would improve the independence and
quality of life of people across the age spectrum, and a particular focus on seniors, aging, and frailty. The
target candidate will establish an externally funded, internationally recognized research program.

This CRC recruitment is part of a broad strategy to expand and raise the profile of research in health and
aging at the University of Victoria. The successful candidate will be expected to engage with the UVic
Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (IALH) and CanAssist. IALH has a 25-year history of high-quality
research, community outreach, and trainee support. Research strengths in the Institute on Aging and
Lifelong Health are currently organized around cognitive health, lifelong health, and vulnerability and
frailty. CanAssist is a grant funded, provincially recognized entity at UVic, and is dedicated to helping
people with physical, cognitive and mental health challenges improve their quality of life, with a focus
on promoting independence and inclusion. Their team develops innovative technologies and programs
where there are gaps in existing provincial services. CanAssist provides a unique collaboration
opportunity for this Chair, that will enable access to the British Columbia health and social service
sectors through their existing partnerships in addition to providing specific research opportunities
associated with its technology development program.

Tier 2 CRC Chairs are one of Canada's premier early career recognition and recruitment programs, and
are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in
their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). However, applicants who are more than
10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist) may have their
eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program's Tier 2 justification process. For more
information on the CRC program generally and on eligibility specifically, please consult the Canada
Research Chairs website.

The successful applicant will be nominated by the university for a CRC Tier 2 and, upon approval by the
CRC Secretariat, will be offered an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with eligibility for
tenure, or, Associate Professor with eligibility for tenure or with tenure. The anticipated start date is
January 2022.

Additional Information

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada's research-intensive
universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned research and
teaching hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the
Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this
extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It's
different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what's next—for
our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact
make this Canada's most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge
of possibilities for yourself.

The University of Victoria Campus is located on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish Peoples and we
are privileged to do our work in a way that is inspired by their history, customs, and culture. Please see
the University of Victoria's Territory Acknowledgement for more information.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has a complement of 22 regular faculty members including
two existing CRCs. We have over 150 graduate students, over 450 undergraduate students, and a great
compliment of department staff, adjunct faculty members, research personnel, and visiting researchers.
The department is strongly committed to both excellence and equity, and to increasing the diversity of
approaches and perspectives in teaching and research. This CRC position will also help support our
undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering, which has over 170 students. Our Biomedical
Engineering Program was established in 2012, and has a gender ratio of approximately 50/50
female/male students. It was the first BME Program in Western Canada, and is accredited by the
Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Our programs attract excellent, highly motivated students.

Many of our undergraduate students are actively engaged in research through volunteer research lab
positions, research co-op jobs, and in-course research project opportunities, which leads to a research
engaged learning environment. Some students participate in extracurricular teams such as the BMed
team, which placed second nationally in the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student
competition in 2019. We have an upcoming Professional Master's (MEng) program in Biomedical
Systems, which will lead to an expansion of our student body, teaching and research capabilities, and
industrial interactions. Using this program as catalyst, the Department is planning to develop a research
based Master's program (MASc) and Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering. We have a strong
collaboration with the Division of Medical Sciences, which includes seven active research faculty,
including one Tier 1 CRC and one Tier 2 CRC. The Division also has a number of affiliated faculty who
actively participate in UVic's interdisciplinary neuroscience graduate program and teach in the Island
Medical Program.

The Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Programs value candidates who share our
commitment to equity and inclusivity in scholarship and teaching.
Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective
Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (
Evaluation & Contact Information

Candidates will be evaluated on the criteria that follow. The successful candidate will be an emerging
world-class researcher in the field of Assistive Technologies who demonstrates particular research
creativity; will have a critical understanding of medical devices in the context of Biomedical Engineering;
and will propose an original, innovative research program of high quality with the potential to achieve
international recognition. The candidate will offer evidence of high-quality teaching and graduate
supervision, including support of diversity and inclusiveness. The successful candidate will collaborate
with CanAssist – developing innovative, non-medical technologies that solve practical problems for
differently abled clients. They will also facilitate integration of CanAssist's expertise into the academic
and research missions of the University of Victoria along with interactions with Mechanical Engineering.
In addition, the candidate will translate the knowledge generated by their research program through the
Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization office. The successful candidate will possess a PhD
degree in biomedical or mechanical engineering or a closely related field, be eligible for registration as a
professional engineer, and will be expected to offer courses for our undergraduate program in
Biomedical Engineering.

Candidates should submit a single PDF document that includes (1) a cover letter providing an overview
of the candidate's qualifications, how they fulfill the CRC criteria, and how their research capacity will
complement existing research strengths defined above; (2) a detailed curriculum vitae, (3) a 3-5 page
description of the candidate's proposed CRC research program (addressing the key criteria of NSERC's
CRC guidelines), (4) a 1-page description of the candidate's three most important research contributions
to date, (5) a maximum 2-page statement of teaching experience and approach, including evidence of
teaching effectiveness, (6) A one-page statement identifying their strengths and experiences in
promoting equity, diversity and inclusion, and (7) contact information for three referees. To be
considered, please submit your application package via email to:, with the
subject line "Assistive Technologies Position" by January, 22, 2021.

Applications should be addressed to:

Dr. Nick Dechev, PhD, PEng
Acting Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Victoria

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be
undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and
work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and
constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from
members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here: equity

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate's
record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact
that career interruptions have had on their record. For more information, see
Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and
hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP
Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in

Date posted: 25 Nov 2020

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