Education Scientist -McMaster Education Research Innovation and Theory (MERIT)

Education Scientist -McMaster Education Research Innovation and Theory (MERIT)

Education Scientist -McMaster Education Research Innovation and Theory (MERIT)

The Department of Medicine and the McMaster Education Research Innovation and Theory (MERIT) program invite applicants for an education scientist position at the assistant or associate professor level. The successful candidate will be a MERIT scientist and hold a full-time faculty appointment in the Division of Education and
Innovation within the Department of Medicine.

Approximately 50% of the successful candidate’s time will be dedicated to leading their own program of research. The research program will align with the educational mission of the Department of Medicine. 25% of the time will be dedicated to serving as a research and methodology consultant on education scholarship projects with clinical
faculty project leads from the Faculty of Health Sciences. 15% of the time will be dedicated to mentoring and supervising faculty and graduate students in education scholarship, including medicine faculty members, graduate students in the McMaster Health Sciences Education program, and clinicians in the McMaster Clinician Educator
diploma program. The remaining 10% of time will be for administrative or committee work.

The successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent degree in an area relevant to health professions education with significant expertise across multiple qualitative research methodologies (e.g. grounded theory [traditional and/or constructivist], ethnography, qualitative description, etc.). The successful candidate will have an
established track record in health professions education research, including their own identifiable program of research, receipt of peer-reviewed funding, peer-reviewed research publications, presentations at conferences and supervision of learners. The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of collaboration, especially with

This is a contractually limited appointment for a three-year term. Upon successful completion of this term, employment will be offered in the special stream. Rank and salary will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience, including a generous benefit package. A professional fund will be
provided annually.

MERIT’s vision is “to grow a community of scientists and clinicians to advance health professions education through research and applied science.” MERIT produces evidence to develop health professional expertise. We do this by advancing:
• Research on education in clinical, classroom, digital, and simulated learning environments.
• Innovative designs and policies for teaching, learning and assessment; and
• Theories of social, professional, and cognitive skill development for high-quality healthcare.

More information about MERIT can be found here:

More information about the Department of Medicine can be found here:

Please apply online via the McMaster Academic Careers website (
Job ID: 34243
Please direct your application to:
Dr. Jonathan Sherbino
Assistant Dean, MERIT
David Braley Health Sciences Centre
McMaster University
Hamilton, CANADA

Submit the following, as a single pdf, labelled in the following order along with
your application:

1. A cover letter, no more than three pages in length, describing your program of research, your history of
scholarly collaboration (particularly with clinicians), your experience with student supervision and your
interest in this position.
2. Names and contact information for three referees, two of which are health professions education
3. A full Curriculum Vitae
4. Copies of two representative publications

Review of applications will begin after October 5, 2020 and will continue until the appointment is filled. The
anticipated start date is January 4, 2021; however, this date is negotiable and is not fixed.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirement the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements:

“Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada” or
“No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada”

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity, and has a strong
commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and
persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment.
Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey – Statement of Collection for additional information.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty Secretary at to communicate accommodation needs.

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