Clinician-Scientist Intensivist

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The Department of Critical Care, on behalf of Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Health, invite applications for an opportunity in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are looking for a full-time (contingent term) Academic Clinician-Scientist, at the Assistant/Associate Professor level, with clinical training and research interest in critical care medicine, to join our dedicated group of 19 Intensivists.

The Department of Critical Care is an integral part of the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and a leader of secondary, tertiary, and quaternary clinical services in Atlantic Canada. Its mission is to deliver high quality health care, medical education, and research. The department includes 14 Adult and 5 Paediatric Intensivists, with various clinical backgrounds and experiences.

This position is designed to recruit an independent and collaborative Clinician-Scientist to complement and grow the Department of Critical Care’s academic research mandate. The successful candidate will have 50% of their time protected for research. Clinical work will be split between the two adult intensive care units at the QEII Health Sciences Centre of the Nova Scotia Health (20 beds). QEII hospitals provide care to patients from the province of Nova Scotia and is a quaternary referral centre for Atlantic Canada.

Dalhousie University’s strategic research plan includes a healthcare research stream (Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Healthy Populations) and there is the ability to provide access to multi-disciplinary and inter-professional biomedical, clinical and health services research groups within the Department, Faculty of Medicine and the University. There is opportunity for supervision and mentorship of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Community Details

Halifax, the largest urban area in Atlantic Canada and Nova Scotia's capital city, sits in the center of Nova Scotia's east coast and is an important seaport that looks out over one of the world's largest natural harbours. Halifax is a perfect paradox, where land meets sea, old meets new, urban meets rural, and traditional meets trendy. We balance a relaxing pace with modern urban amenities and affordability with world class-experiences. We value our strong historical ties but drive to shake up the norm. This perfect balance makes Halifax an ideal city in which to live and visit.

Nature lovers will find sandy beaches, beautiful gardens, hiking, birding, and beachcombing. Urbanites can enjoy the symphony, live music and theatre, art galleries, and museums, along with a lively nightlife that includes brewpubs, gastropubs, and a vibrant culinary scene that embraces the local and sustainable wares. Not to mention, Halifax is just steps away from world class vineyards, vistas and the lush farmlands of the Annapolis Valley. Further information about Halifax and surrounding areas can be found at

Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Both your practice of medicine and your life are richer here… Nova Scotia is more than just a great place to practice medicine.  


  • MD with Specialty recognition and training (FRCPC or equivalent) in Adult Critical Care Medicine
  • Eligible for a medical licence with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
  • Hold (or be within 6 month of obtaining) a PhD
  • Have a record of academic research achievements as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications
  • Have evidence of successful grant writing as Principle investigator / Co-investigator (or with justification for other roles)

Type of Remuneration: AFP - Academic Funding Plan


Application: Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application to Kristen Griffiths, Department Manager, at

Your application package should consist of:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research interest statement (not to exceed 2 pages)
  • The names and contact information for three (3) references

Application deadline:  1700h, May 14th 2021

Questions about this position may be directed to: Dr. Tony O’Leary, Department Head, Department of Critical Care, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, at


Dalhousie University recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

Dalhousie University recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here; in particular, we encourage members of the four designated groups (women, Indigenous People, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities) to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.