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Director, The Bone and Joint Institute (PDF)

London ON

Western University in London, Ontario, Canada seeks applicants for a Director of the Bone and Joint Institute (BJI)
(https://boneandjoint.uwo.ca/). Applicants who can demonstrate outstanding leadership in research, training and
outreach in the field of musculoskeletal health are encouraged to apply.
Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and
Attawandaron peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish
with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous Peoples (First Nations,
Métis and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the l and and vital contributors of our society.
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent and be internationally recognized for research relevant to
musculoskeletal health research. The successful candidate will hold an academic appointment at the rank of
Associate or Full Professor with tenure (commensurate with qualifications and experience), in the appropriate
Department and Faculty. The Director will join a transdisciplinary network of collaborative researchers in BJI and
will supervise graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and/or clinician-scientists. The position will commence July
1, 2021 or as negotiated.
Reporting to the Vice President (Research) the Director will advance the BJI at Western University as an entity
known internationally for its impact on research, training and knowledge mobilization across a range of specialties
that include tools and technologies, basic science, and applied research, in accordance with the research vision and
mission. Towards this goal, the Director will identify, and enable access to, opportunities that advance the
Institute’s research mission through the development of partnerships and fund-raising. Also, the Director will
engage frequently with a Governing Board as well as internal and external Advisory Boards regarding strategy
and vision. The Director will inspire research excellence among the researchers and programs, actively developing
and establishing a process that develops impactful research teams and champions within the Institute. The Director
will supervise the Institute’s administrative staff in their support of its research mission. Also, the
Director will be expected to a lead their own research program as part of a transdisciplinary network of
collaborative researchers in BJI.
The ideal candidate will have the following profile:
• Demonstrated excellence in research and training related to musculoskeletal health
• Demonstrated research leadership involving financial oversight
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to build community amongst multiple stakeholders
• Ability to build effective teams of multidisciplinary researchers
• Ability to enhance campus efforts in equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization (EDID)
• Ability to attract, establish and sustain internal and external partnerships that serve the research vision
• Willingness to engage and support fund-raising efforts
Western University identified musculoskeletal health as a research priority in 2013 and invested in the Cluster of
Research Excellence in MSK Health in November 2014 and the Bone and Joint Institute in March 2015 to build on
the work supported by an Interdisciplinary Development Initiative (IDI) awarded in 2011-14 including the
establishment of Canada’s first and largest Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health
Research (CMHR). BJI is now Canada’s leading musculoskeletal health research organization. Its mission is to
catalyze transdisciplinary musculoskeletal research, innovation, collaboration, education and knowledge translation
using a complex adaptive research environment that brings together experts in basic biological and biomedical;
physical sciences and engineering; clinical health services; and community and population health. The mandate of
the institute is to enable research that: investigates the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatments for MSK
conditions; enhances movement, mobility and participation in daily life; and improves support systems and
rehabilitation for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. The BJI environment supports over 250 BJI members
across 5 Faculties and 32 departments as they strive to produce high-impact breakthroughs in primary objective
areas: 1) understanding bone and joint diseases; 2) innovating in diagnosis and evaluation; 3) developing and
evaluating new therapies; and 4) influencing key knowledge users.
Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic
excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual,
social, and cultural growth.
Western is a founding member of Canada’s U15, serves as a hub for more than 500 international research
collaborations, and is recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. There are approximately 40,000 students,
including more than 451 Indigenous undergraduate and 138 graduate students, 5,800 international undergraduate
and graduate students from 128 countries, within Western’s 12 Faculties and Schools and three affiliated University
Colleges. Approximately 4,000 faculty and staff work in partnership to deliver 400+ specializations, majors and
minors, as well as innovative modular degree programs.
The search committee is being assisted by Jessa Chupik and Kathy Rahme from Boyden. Potential candidates should
forward, in confidence a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of interest that addresses the ideal candidate profile
listed above, as well as a statement of research experience and interests. For external candidates, the applicant should
also complete Application for Full-Time Position at
http://www.uwo.ca/facultyrelations/pdf/careers/Faculty/Application-FullTime-Faculty-Position-Form.pdf to:
Kathy Rahme at krahme@boyden.com. All materials will be provided to the search committee. Applications will
be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2021.

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