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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Physical Therapy

University of British Columbia

Job Category
Faculty Bargaining
Job Title
Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Department of Physical Therapy | Faculty of Medicine | Provost and VP Academic (Susan Murphy)
Posting End Date
January 7, 2022
Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

The Department of Physical Therapy at The University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track). This position will primarily be based at the distributed Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program site in the Fraser Valley, BC, a UBC Faculty of Medicine affiliated site.

The Department is currently comprised of 14 full-time faculty members, including one Endowed Chair and 4 Canada Research Chairs, over 100 clinical faculty and 22 support staff. There are 200 professional entry-level Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) students, 58 graduate students and 16 postdoctoral research fellows. The Department has a strong research culture with approximately $5 million of Primary Investigator grant funding in 2020-21. Physical Therapy faculty members have research affiliations with hospital-based institutes including Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (, Providence Health Care Research Institute (, university-based centres and institutes (, as well as many other collaborative opportunities.

The Department of Physical Therapy’s key coursework activity relates to the training of students to become practicing Physical Therapists. The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program is rigorous and scholarly and delivers a high standard of instruction and creative opportunities for learning, which provides students with a strong foundation to support practice of the profession. The three core streams of the program are musculoskeletal, neuro, and cardio-vascular theory and practice. The MPT program is distributed to the Fraser Valley in part to address Physical Therapy retention and recruitment issues in this rapidly growing area of the province.

Reporting to the Head of the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, the successful candidate must have a PhD in a field relevant to physical therapy. Postdoctoral experience and being eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in Canada are preferred. The successful candidate should demonstrate the ability to form strong collaborations with other scientists and clinical faculty both at UBC and within Fraser Health Authority (, as well as with the community, to foster new and novel approaches which will advance the profession and strengthen partnerships between the academic and clinical settings. Preference will also be given to applicants whose research is well aligned with UBC and/or hospital research Centres and candidates who have prior teaching experience relevant to the MPT curriculum.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated evidence of ability in teaching and will be expected to participate in the MPT Program, graduate, and postgraduate teaching activities of the unit. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to provide mentorship and training to graduate and postgraduate learners. The incumbent will also show demonstrated ability in scholarly activity and will be expected to provide service to the University and the broader academic and professional community.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A letter of application outlining the applicant’s research and teaching interests, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of three references should be submitted via UBC’s Workday System ( and addressed to:

Dr. Kristin Campbell

Associate Head- Research, UBC Department of Physical Therapy


212-2177 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2022 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Our Vision: To Transform Health for Everyone.

Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. Across British Columbia, more than 12,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

The Faculty - comprised of approximately 2,200 administrative support, technical/research and management and professional staff, as well approximately 650 full-time academic and over 10,000 clinical faculty members - is composed of 19 academic basic science and/or clinical departments, three schools, and 24 research centres and institutes. Together with its University and Health Authority partners, the Faculty delivers innovative programs and conducts research in the areas of health and life sciences. Faculty, staff and trainees are located at university campuses, clinical academic campuses in hospital settings and other regionally based centres across the province.