Alberta Innovates Health Solutions – Cancer Research Chair Opportunity


Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Chair in Cancer Research

Departments of Oncology and Community Health Sciences

Cumming School of Medicine

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The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and the Departments of Oncology and Community Health Sciences, within the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and the Cancer Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services, invite applications for a tenure track full time academic position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level as a new cancer research chair dedicated to the study of clinical effectiveness in cancer care and cancer health service delivery. These research domains are a high priority in Alberta where the number of new cancer cases is increasing annually and the advent of new treatment strategies associated with improved overall survival has resulted in an escalation in the complexity and cost of cancer care delivery.   A particular emphasis will be to improve the sustainability of the cancer care system.


This position offers an outstanding opportunity for an early/mid career investigator to develop a successful independent and collaborative research program in the broad area of clinical effectiveness and health care delivery for cancer. Facilitating success is an environment where public health research and cancer research are highly developed disciplines within the University of Calgary. In addition there are specialized graduate training programs in health services and cancer research. Cancer health services researchers are connected to the healthcare system in Alberta through Strategic Clinical Networks that are province-wide. Patients, clinicians, decision-makers, and other stakeholders are linked through the Cancer Strategic Clinical Network to provincial programs for cancer prevention and screening, genetic testing for cancer susceptibility, cancer treatment delivery, pain management, psychosocial support and palliative care. Alberta’s universal health care system ensures registration of all cases and our robust healthcare databases allow for a wide variety of novel and relevant health services studies.


Qualifications include an MD (with research training) and/or a PhD. Applications for appointment at the level of Assistant Professor must present evidence of outstanding training in health services research and a strong publication record as first author; evidence of success in training or smaller operating grant competitions will be viewed favorably. Applications for appointment at the level of Associate Professor must present a strong publication record; evidence of successful graduate student supervision and teaching; and major research grant support as a principal investigator. Eligibility for medical licensure in the Province of Alberta is also a requirement for individuals who wish to provide direct patient care.


The successful candidate will have long-term salary support and 7-years of research program support. The appointee will be expected to apply for external research funding from national agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to enhance their research program. While duties include teaching and student supervision, the appointee will have up to 80% protected time for research. Also, to ensure success, cross-appointments to other Institutes and Departments within the Cumming School of Medicine and University of Calgary are encouraged. This Research Chair is funded by AIHS.


Submit a curriculum vita, 3 letters of reference and research interest statement by January 15, 2016 to:

Dr. J. Gregory Cairncross

Director, Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

HRIC, Room 2AA-07

3280 Hospital Drive NW

Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4Z6


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