Endowed Research Chair in Health Sciences
University of Ottawa School of Nursing

The School of Nursing within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) invites applications for an Endowed Research Chair in Nursing Care of Children, Youth, and their Families. This tenure-track faculty position in the School of Nursing is open to nursing scholars whose research program focuses on the health of infants, children, youth, and their families, and includes health and illness trajectories across settings of care.

Created in 1933, we are a research-intensive School of Nursing. The School of Nursing has a national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching within a dynamic climate of advocacy and service. The School of Nursing is one of the largest Schools within the Faculty and includes over 1,800 undergraduate students, 200 Master’s students (thesis, clinical, and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner options) and 30 doctoral students. All programs are offered in both official languages (French and English) where students can complete their degree in the language stream of their choice.

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), formed in 1974, is a stand-alone major pediatric tertiary care hospital and university teaching hospital in Ottawa (Canada), serving both Eastern Ontario and Western Québec. It is recognized as a global leader in pediatric healthcare and research. The CHEO Research Institute is the structure through which CHEO’s world-class research is supported.

The Endowed Research Chair in Nursing Care of Children, Youth, and their Families will be selected from candidates who are, or are on track to be, exceptional (or emerging) researchers in pediatric nursing who have a well-defined program of research, have demonstrated research creativity, and have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their field within five to ten years. The Research Chair holder is expected to secure a sustainable external grant funding program for their research as well as attract and supervise graduate students (Master’s and Doctoral), teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, and contribute more broadly to training future nurses and the next generation of pediatric nursing researchers. Through formal appointments in both the School of Nursing and the CHEO Research Institute, the Research Chair holder will be in a position to help integrate nursing scholarship into clinical care, and clinical care concerns into nursing education and research.

Assessment of candidates will be based on research excellence, as reflected in the number and quality of peer-reviewed publications, previous success securing research funding support, and evidence of impact. Experience in graduate student supervision/mentorship is an asset. The successful candidate will be able to foster interdisciplinary/ interprofessional research both internal and external to the hospital and university and facilitate dissemination and knowledge transfer on pediatric nursing and healthcare across all sectors.

The academic environment within the School of Nursing includes formal partnerships with the major healthcare institutions in Ottawa to enhance research capacity and implementation of best practices. The School of Nursing is situated within the Faculty of Health Sciences, which includes four other health-related schools (School of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Human Kinetics, School of Nutrition Sciences, and Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences) creating an environment conducive to interdisciplinary scholarly activities. The Faculty of Health Sciences is the home of several innovative research environments. One of these is the Centre for Research on Health and Nursing, which involves a partnership with the Canadian Nurses Association.

The University of Ottawa provides a dynamic and stimulating environment for approximately 40,000 students and 5,500 employees where research and knowledge are fundamental to all aspects of university life. Located on the ancestral land of the Algonquin people, its geographic location in the nation’s capital adjacent to a number of national agencies such as Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, and other government agencies offers multiple opportunities for partnerships for training and research collaborations.


  • Registered nurse, must be eligible for registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario;
  • PhD in Nursing or related Health Field (Master’s degree in Nursing required if PhD in related health field);
  • Postdoctoral research experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated excellent research track record or promising program of research; and
  • Excellent communication skills in either English or French. Passive knowledge of the other official language in Canada is a requirement for tenure but not for hire. English-French bilingualism is an asset.


  • Scholarly activities including a developed or developing program of research in any field of pediatric nursing;
  • Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level (including expertise in pediatric nursing);
  • Academic service activities within the School, Faculty, and/or University;
  • Supervision and mentorship of graduate students; and
  • Leadership within the profession and discipline.

Terms: Tenure-track position. Assistant or Associate level, depending on stage of career of the successful applicant.


Salary scale for an assistant professor starts at $86,986 and will be established according to qualifications and experience.

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete compensation package that includes long-term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance. Successful candidates may be eligible for relocation expenses in accordance with University policy.

Appointment date:

July 1, 2021 or as negotiated

Application deadline:

February 5, 2021. Note: applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting no.: 20037-SSAN

Candidates are invited to submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Letter describing their professional experience, their contribution to research, their experience in university teaching and service as part of their profession. Applicants will also describe in their letter how they align with the role of the Research Chair; and
  • Names and contact information of three referees. Referees will not be contacted prior to obtaining permission from the candidate.

All information to be forwarded by email to Professor Paula Forgeron, Director and Associate Dean of the School of Nursing: adm.ESI-NUR@uOttawa.ca with the subject line "Research Chair in Children, Youth, and Their Families Tenure-track Position"

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, racialized persons (visible minorities), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application. Please take note of this posting number. This questionnaire can be found online.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations at 613-562-5958. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language. At the time of tenure, professors are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual setting.

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