Assistant Professor, Persuasive Computing
The Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University (https://www.dal.ca/faculty/computerscience.html) invites applications for a tenure-stream Assistant Professor position in the research area of Persuasive Computing.
About the Opportunity: We are seeking candidates whose research focuses on persuasive technology and the use of modern approaches in Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and/or physiological and environmental sensors with the goal of designing and developing persuasive systems or enhancing their effectiveness through personalization, evaluation, and diversifying the target audience. The Assistant Professor will be expected to collaborate with researchers across Dalhousie University, such as the Faculties of Health and Medicine, the College of Sustainability, and the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Through interdisciplinary collaboration the candidate will enhance the impact of the research and contribute to the broader research community at Dalhousie University. The successful candidate will also collaborate with researchers across the Faculty of Computer Science, and leverage cutting-edge technology to address social, economic, and environmental challenges across diverse domains such as health and wellness, education, safety and security through innovative research and teaching.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly outcomes that demonstrates a record of independent research in the area of persuasive computing. The candidate must have a PhD in Computer Science or a related area by the start date of the appointment. Evidence of a strong commitment to and aptitude for both research and teaching is essential. The ideal candidate will be open to collaborative research across disciplines.
The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, participate in course development at both the undergraduate and graduate-level, supervise and mentor students, and support the Faculty’s initiatives. The applicant will be expected to establish a strong externally funded research program, and foster existing and new collaborations with government, industry, and with other members of Dalhousie’s research community.
About the Faculty of Computer Science: The Faculty of Computer Science is a research focused faculty with over 50 faculty members, including Tier I and Tier II Canadian Research Chairs. Around one quarter of our 2000 students are enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs. The Faculty also partners with other Faculties and departments (including Management, Medicine, Law and Statistics) to offer various multi-disciplinary study streams under the Master of Digital Innovation and is an active participant in the Interdisciplinary PhD program.
Dalhousie’s Faculty of Computer Science offers a supportive, inclusive, multicultural, research-oriented environment with a firm commitment to justice, equality, diversity and inclusion. The Faculty offers reasonable teaching loads (with excellent TA support), and competitive pay and benefits (including health insurance, dental insurance and an exceptional pension plan). The Faculty supports new hires with moving assistance and start-up funding. Early-career researchers will enjoy the collaborative lab environment; mentoring; peer support for teaching, research, and grant writing; and extensive ties to local industry.
In 2021, recognizing the growing demand for digital talent in the region and the remarkable growth of the technology sector, the Province of Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University launched the ScaleCS initiative which commits to expanding enrolment in Computer Science, enhancing academic and research programs, and hiring 50 additional Faculty members over a five-year period. The goal is to make Nova Scotia one of North America’s most attractive jurisdictions for both digital talent and companies through excellent academic programs, research, collaboration with industry, and outreach.
About Dalhousie University: Dalhousie University is one Canada’s U15 group of research-intensive universities. The funding situation is excellent: active researchers have many opportunities for both investigator-led operating grants and support for industry collaboration.
Dalhousie is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (http://www.discoverhalifaxns.com). Halifax is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and is vibrant, multicultural, and welcomes many newcomers. It is also a regional tech hub, and affords residents with a high quality of life. We enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, parks, playgrounds, watersports in the summer, snow sports in the winter, a vast number of arts and cultural events, an excellent library system, and a convenient public transit system. Nova Scotia is home to many beautiful communities, campgrounds, trails, lakes, rivers, beaches, lighthouses and opportunities for running, hiking, cycling, ATVing, boating and generally exploring the great outdoors. Located in one of Canada’s more temperate areas, Nova Scotia gets warm, sunny summers, long, colorful autumns and cool, snowy winters.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, and persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.
Application Instructions: Applications must include an application letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, sample publications, and the names and full contact information of three referees. Review of applications will commence on September 30, 2023. However, applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.
All application materials should be submitted directly at https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/14614 except for the letters of reference. Candidates should be prepared to have their referees forward their letters of reference upon request.