SBME Career Opportunity:

Assistant Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering

The School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) in the Faculties of Medicine and Engineering at Dalhousie University invites applications for a probationary tenure track or tenure-track position in Biomedical Engineering at the level of assistant professor. The successful candidate will have a record of achievement and research in the fields of computational science (e.g., data analytics, image processing, artificial intelligence, informatics, and machine vision) and biomedical engineering, with a focus on functional imaging applications in such areas as medical diagnostic imaging technologies (ultrasound, optical, MEG, fMRI), biomaterials discovery and screening, or musculoskeletal applications. The successful candidate will contribute to and expand the scope of the research and teaching excellence in our school. This includes developing a focused, highly successful and collaborative research program in this field. This also includes graduate teaching in the areas of medical imaging and biomedical data acquisition, processing and analytics, as well as undergraduate teaching in the Medical Sciences program and the Biomedical Engineering certificate program in undergraduate engineering. 

Located primarily in the Dentistry Building and with research laboratories in nearby research and hospital sites, SBME is part of a vibrant cross-disciplinary research community. SBME offers graduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering as well as the undergraduate certificate program in Biomedical Engineering through the Faculty of Engineering. SBME faculty members at Dalhousie are advancing new technologies that improve disease diagnosis, treatment of medical disorders and traumatic injuries, and engaging in ground-breaking research to understand the structural and functional properties of tissues and cells. To date, SBME at Dalhousie has established internationally recognized strengths in the following areas: Tissue Engineering; Biomechanics; Imaging technology; Medical Device Design; Human Body Dynamics; Orthopaedic Implants; Biomaterial Design; Drug Delivery; and Cellular Electro/Mechanotransduction. State of the art imaging facilities are available and are actively being advanced including multiple imaging modalities (MRI, MEG, PET, SPECT), particularly located within Biotic ( and affiliated researcher laboratories.  There are also large research groups spanning several faculties at Dalhousie where the applicant could find other ready collaborations including the Brain Repair Centre (, the Infection, Immunity, Inflammation and Vaccinology (I3V) research group, researchers using and advancing multiple imaging modalities (MRI, MEG, PET, SPECT), and opportunities in diagnosis and prognosis in infection and inflammatory disease, and genomics research.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field, a suggested two years of post-doctoral experience and a strong publication record in a related area. Applicants must be registered as a professional engineer or eligible and committed to registration as a professional engineer (note that this does not necessitate an undergraduate engineering degree). 

Applicants should apply at  Complete applications will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a two-page maximum statement outlining their research program (highlighting the potential for attracting research funding from public and private sectors), a two-page statement of teaching interests including one page outlining how equity, diversity, inclusion and accommodation (EDIA) is embedded in your teaching philosophy, and the names, addresses and emails of three referees. Review of applications will commence on April 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness.

In keeping with the principles of employment equity and with the aim to correct historical underrepresentation, this position is restricted to candidates who self-identify as women. Dalhousie recognizes that candidates may self-identify in more than one equity-seeking group, and in this spirit, encourages applicants who also identify as Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians) or persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity. For more information, please visit   
You will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or may seek an accommodation from Dalhousie’s vaccine requirements on grounds protected under provincial human rights legislation. Visit the Campus Check website for more information.




Congratulations to all the 2020 PRESIDENT’S RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARDS RECIPIENTS including SBME's Dr. Jeremy Brown and Dr. John Frampton!

Extraordinary. Outstanding. Remarkable. These are just some of the of the many ways that this year’s recipients of the President’s Research Excellence Awards have been described.

2020 President’s Research Excellence Award for an Emerging Investigator 

Dr. John Frampton
School of Biomedical Engineering, Faculties of Engineering and Medicine

Dr. John Frampton’s lab works at the intersection of materials science, cell biology and clinical research to design next-generation technologies for: (1) understanding fundamental biological processes; (2) understanding how diseases work and improving diagnosis; and (3) developing therapies using advanced natural and synthetic materials. The tools his team develops are applied to understanding the physiology of the lung, the nervous system, skin, muscle tissue and a variety of other organs, as well as for treatment of traumatic injuries to the tissues of the body.

Read more here on Dr. Frampton's lab.

The President’s Research Excellence Awards for Emerging Investigators have been created to honour those who, early in their careers, have made noteworthy contributions to Dalhousie’s research culture.


2020 President's Research Excellence Award for Research Impact 

Dr. Jeremy Brown
School of Biomedical Engineering, Faculties of Engineering and Medicine

Research in Dr. Brown’s laboratory is focused on the design, fabrication, and testing of ultrasonic frequency piezoelectric transducers and associated electronic hardware for medical applications. Specifically, he is focused on developing miniaturized ultrasound imaging endoscopes and miniaturized ultrasound therapeutic devices, using an in-house micro-fabrication facility targeting minimally-invasive surgical applications.

Read more here on Dr. Brown's lab. 

The President's Research Excellence Awards for Research Impact have been created to recognize researchers who have, in recent years, made a major and impactful contribution to their field of research.




Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Wells, Dr. Michael Lee and Dr. Rob Adamson

A well-deserved congratulations to Dr. Sarah Wells for receiving the Academic Innovation Award (Teaching and Learning) at this year’s Dalhousie Legacy Awards. This award recognizes an individual who has developed an innovative initiative that has resulted in a sustained impact on student learning at Dalhousie.

Sarah has been a leader in teaching and curriculum development in the undergraduate and graduate programs since joining Dalhousie in 2000. She has created and revised courses within the Faculties of Science and Medicine and served as the Graduate Coordinator for the School of Biomedical Engineering for six years, during which time she made a substantial contribution to both our students and the high standards of our program. In her current role as Assistant Dean of the Medical Sciences program, Sarah has continued her commitment to excellence in education at the University.

A heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Mike Lee who was this year’s recipient of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Distinguished Service award (Academic). This award is based on contribution to the faculty and the administration of its graduate programs that is both substantive and long-standing.

Mike is deserving of this in so many ways, from being the primary engine behind the establishment of our School and its MASc and PhD programmes and being its founding Director, to penning and shaping our policies, structure, awards, forging our curriculum including creating, teaching and contributing to many of our courses. He has served graduate education and research directly or indirectly at the University at nearly every level, expertly guiding the Faculty of Graduate Studies as Chair of Faculty Council, Acting Associate Dean, and also contributing greatly in revising the Interdisciplinary PhD program when he served as its Director. Mike’s commitment to graduate education and excellence is boundless. Join me in congratulating Mike for this well deserved award! Congratulations!

Join me as well in congratulation Dr Rob Adamson, who is this year’s recipient of the Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Basic Research, supported by the DMRF. This award is for a faculty member within 10 years of their appointment and is made in tribute to Dr. J. Donald Hatcher whose vision as Dean of Medicine (1976-1985) led to the establishment of Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation. It is one of three awards that have been created to acknowledge research excellence among Faculty of Medicine members and to encourage their continued efforts in medical research.

Rob’s lab has contributed to more than 20 papers and 50 conference proceedings, several collaborations with industry partners and 2 spinout companies, one of which has already achieved over 4M in annual revenues. His lab is devoted to developing imaging and therapeutic technologies using ultrasound and optical sensing. His work with Jeremy Brown and colleagues has led to new sensors, new approaches in manufacturing, new image & signal processing methods in applications from dermatology to imaging the middle ear to developing surgical tools for treating brain cancer. He is advancing knowledge in both Engineering and Medicine and he and his trainees are translating that to treating patients and also building capacity for R&D in our community. Please join me in congratulating Rob and his team!

Dr. Geoffrey N. Maksym
Director and Professor