Assistant Professor – Health Services Research, University of Calgary

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Assistant Professor

Departments of Community Health Sciences, Surgery and Oncology

Cumming School of Medicine

The Departments of Community Health Sciences, Surgery and Oncology within the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary (UCalgary) invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in health services research.  The applicant will have demonstrated expertise in cost-effectiveness modelling, economic evaluation, health technology assessment or other forms of applied health economics.  The applicant will be expected to develop and lead an independent applied health economics research agenda that achieves impact in clinical care and decision-making, with a particular focus on head and neck cancer.  The role allocates 75% time for research with the remaining 25% allocated to teaching and service activities within the University.

 This position is part of the Ohlson Research Initiative (ORI) within its Clinical Effectiveness Group (  The ORI is a multidisciplinary research program dedicated to improving the lives of patients with Head and Neck Cancer. Evidence-based optimization of health care delivery including diagnosis, treatment, health system utilization and survivorship are crucial aspects of the ORI’s research focus. The successful candidate’s planned research agenda must align with and support the achievement of the ORI’s goal, mission and current research activities. Candidates are encouraged to learn more about the initiative by exploring the ORI website and publications. Candidates are also invited to meet with Dr. Khara Sauro, the Ohlson Professor of Head and Neck Cancer Health Services Research, to learn more about the ORI.

 The ideal candidate will have a PhD and have completed a post-doctoral fellowship in a relevant area, and publications demonstrating technical skills in applied health economics and a track-record of partnering with healthcare system leaders and physicians. Documented ability to make major contributions to funded Tri-Council (or equivalent) research grants is also an asset. Experience in research related to oncology or surgery are advantageous but not required.

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UCalgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to consider and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via University of Calgary Careers webpage using the ‘Apply Now’ link.

Please be aware that the application process allows for a maximum of four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (you are encouraged to merge documents to reduce the number of attachments): 

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A 5-year research vision that includes an overview of the planned research activities in head and neck cancer, a description of how the planned activities link to the ORI goals and mission and how the planned activities complement ongoing ORI research activities. (not to exceed 3 pages)
  • The names and contact information for three (3) referees. Reference letters will not be required unless the applicant is short-listed for a visit/interview.

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For more information please contact: Dr. Fiona Clement,  To discuss the ORI, please contact Dr. Khara Sauro,

Application deadline: April 3, 2024

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