Job offer: Assistant Professor – in health science communication | University of Ottawa

Assistant Professor – in health science communication

Job description

As part of a major expansion of its communication research programs in the health sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The new faculty member will have a background that will allow them to successfully develop a dynamic and collaborative research program that includes a focus on health science communication with the general public and policy makers, as well on the prevalence and the combatting of medical misinformation. The incumbent will explore such research areas as healthcare disparities, social media as a tool for both science communication and health disruption, health, and wellness issues for underrepresented or underserved populations or the intersections of health and social justice concerns, including racial and environmental health disparities, all through the lens of health science communication.

The University of Ottawa is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the best universities in the country and the largest bilingual university (French and English) in the world. Located on the unceded territory of Anishinaabe-Algonquin people, in the heart of downtown Ottawa, it contributes significantly to the economy, culture, and quality of life of Canada’s Capital.


The functions of a member of the academic staff include, in varying proportions:

a) teaching activities;

b) scholarly activities revealed by research, artistic or literary creation, or professional work;

c) academic service activities,

d) supervision of graduate students.

Skills requirements

  • Education : PhD or postdoctoral training in health science communication or related field
  • Work experience:
    • A demonstrated excellent research track record in health science communication applied to health care disparities, social media as a tool for science communication and health disruption, health and wellness issues for underrepresented or underserved populations, or intersections between health and social justice concerns, including racial and environmental health disparities.
    • A demonstrated track record in teaching and training at the graduate level, a strong track record in interdisciplinary collaboration.
    • Excellent communication skills in either English or French. Passive knowledge of the other official language in Canada is a requirement for tenure. English-French bilingualism is an asset.
  • Application deadline: October 31, 2023

How to apply

Applications should be submitted electronically through the University of Ottawa Academic Careers website.

More information about the position

  • Terms: Tenure-track position
  • Wage: Salary scale for an Assistant Professor starts at $89,622 (as of May 1, 2023)
  • Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan, and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.
  • Location of work: School of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Thompson Hall, University of Ottawa, 25 University Private, Thompson Hall, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
  • Contact information: Professor Frédérique Tesson, Director, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5.

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 Peoples in Canada, visible minorities members (racialized persons), 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.

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.