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Assistant or Associate (Probationary Tenure-Track) Professor in Physiotherapy

The School of Physiotherapy in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Health invites applications for a full-time, probationary tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor commencing July 1, 2020.

Dalhousie University is comprised of 6,000 faculty and staff amongst its 13 faculties. Current enrollment is 18,500 graduate and undergraduate students. As part of Canada’s U15 research intensive group, Dalhousie University is an influential driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. It is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and is located on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq in the heart of Halifax (Kjipuktuk), a scenic coastal city and capital of Nova Scotia which is home to 13 Mi’kmaq First Nations, a deeply rooted African Nova Scotia community, an increasingly diverse population which also includes a vibrant workforce of people living with (dis)Abilities.

The Faculty of Health’s faculty, staff and students are committed to improving the well-being of individuals, families, communities and populations through diverse health programming, collaborative research and strong community partnerships. The Faculty of Health is one of the largest faculties at Dalhousie, comprised of eight schools, one college and one program, more than 200 faculty members, 80 staff members, and approximately 3,000 students. With the most programmatically diverse health faculty in Canada, our students are exposed to a broad range of health topics and learning experiences.

The School of Physiotherapy’s vision is to lead regionally, nationally and internationally in collaborative, inclusive physiotherapy education, research, and service that advances health, policy, and practice. Dalhousie University is home to the only School of Physiotherapy in Atlantic Canada. The School is one of 10 units within the Faculty of Health. ( It is committed to achieving five strategic directions; engaging in transformational teaching and learning, growth of the research enterprise, fostering citizenship, cultivating partnerships and mobilizing supports for innovation. Faculty and staff at the School work together to create a dynamic environment that fosters excellence in research, teaching, scholarship, and leadership. We offer an entry-level Master of Science in Physiotherapy (MScPT) program. Students have access to a wide range of clinical experiences through the University’s simulation center and affiliations with private and public practices locally, nationally and internationally. The School also offers a thesis-based Master of Science in Rehabilitation Research (MScRRPT) program. Faculty members are eligible to supervise students in the Faculty of Health PhD program and the Interdisciplinary PhD program.

Faculty members in the School of Physiotherapy are recognized nationally and internationally for their research contributions in the areas of musculoskeletal health, neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, and physical activity and exercise in special populations including older adults and those with cardiorespiratory disease. The School is home to the Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility and Healthy Aging. Research activities are supported by onsite laboratories, Dalhousie University research institutes, extensive collaborations with clinical partners at the Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK Health Center that offers care to women, children, youth and families, and the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre. Research within the School is supported with funding from government and non-government agencies including CIHR, NSERC, HSFC, CFI, NSHRF as well as several other provincial and local funding agencies.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD from a recognized and accredited University. Candidates must be eligible to hold a license to practice in Physiotherapy in Nova Scotia. Candidates will demonstrate clear promise of future academic accomplishment including the ability to obtain research funding and produce deliverables related to the applicant’s research focus through teaching and research activities, including knowledge translation. The successful candidate’s physiotherapy research program will complement the School’s research directions and support its academic program in the areas of cardiorespiratory or musculoskeletal health, or neurotherapeutic rehabilitation. The successful applicant will understand the issues facing physiotherapy practice and will be committed to excellence in education, research and service both within and outside the Dalhousie community.

Applicants with expertise in the areas of cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal or neurotherapeutic physiotherapy research are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those with expertise in physiotherapy research and treatment of cardiorespiratory disease, university level teaching, and post-doctoral experience. The incumbent will demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.

The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include establishing and operating a sustainable research program, teaching and mentoring in the entry-level and thesis-based programs, and contributing to the academic life of the School, Faculty and University.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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For further information regarding this position, contact:
Dr. Lynn Shaw, Director, School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health