Pathologist/Clinician-Scientist - University of Calgary/Alberta Health Services

Posting Date:Tue, 04 Apr 2017
Date to Apply By: 12 May 2017
Estimated Start Date: To be Determined
Address: 1331 29th Street NW,
City: Calgary

The Departments of Oncology and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, in conjunction with Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary and Cancer Control Alberta, Alberta Health Services (AHS) invite applications for a full-time contingent term appointment of an academic pathologist/clinician-scientist at the Associate Professor or Professor level to lead the Cancer Translational Laboratories located within the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC). The Translational Laboratories are the major cancer research core facility for the AHS cancer program and Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. The successful applicant will be a leader within a multidisciplinary cancer program and join an expanding team of clinicians and scientists engaged in biomarker discovery, cancer genomics, and facilitate the design and execution of clinical trials of targeted therapies.

This position offers an outstanding opportunity to develop a successful independent and collaborative research program in the broad areas of translational cancer research and experimental therapeutics. The TBCC is a tertiary referral centre and the major treatment, research and education facility for southern Alberta. Over 7,000 new patients are seen each year at the TBCC. A new freestanding comprehensive cancer centre adjacent to the Cumming School of Medicine and Foothills Medical Centre is being planned and the successful applicant will have an opportunity to shape the Translational Laboratories for the new Cancer Centre. Other strengths in the environment are a university-wide genomics and bioinformatics initiative led by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Robson DNA Science Centre within the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute.

The successful candidate will devote approximately 50% of their time to research and academic activities and 20% of their time to administrative activities and in this capacity, will report to the Department Head, Oncology, at the Cumming School of Medicine. The remaining 30% of time will be spent providing clinical service in pathology and will report to the Department Head, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, at the Cumming School of Medicine. Eligibility for medical licensure in the Province of Alberta is mandatory.

Qualifications at the Associate Professor level include a MD (or equivalent) with five to ten years’ board certified experience in Anatomical and/or Hematological Pathology and additional training/experience in a field related to translational cancer research or equivalent. A proven track record demonstrating research excellence including a strong publication record, evidence of successful teaching and supervision, evidence of established academic engagement/leadership and national level research grant success is mandatory.

Qualifications at the Professor level include a MD (or equivalent) with more than ten years board certified training in Anatomical and/or Hematological Pathology and additional training/experience in a field related to translational cancer research or equivalent. A proven track record demonstrating research excellence and national level research grant success is mandatory. Applications at the Professor level must provide evidence of an outstanding academic publication record, successful teaching and supervision record; and evidence of outstanding academic service and/or leadership.

The Translational Laboratories currently support the discovery and validation of molecular tests to guide the use of novel cancer therapeutics. Its capabilities include quantitative immunohistochemistry, tissue microarray construction, pharmacogenomics / pharmacokinetic analyses, and next generation sequencing. An outstanding group of staff scientists are supported by a core budget to operate the facility. The Translational Laboratories are currently engaged in over 40 university-based, industry-sponsored, and cooperative clinical trial group collaborations.

Long-term salary support and a start-up package are available to support the successful candidate. 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 50% protected time for research activities. Also, to ensure success, joint-appointments to other Institutes and Departments within the Cumming School of Medicine and University of Calgary will be encouraged.

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please submit a curriculum vita, three (3) letters of reference and research interest statement by May 5, 2017 to:

Please use the following contact information to apply for this job:
Contact Name: Dr. Sunil Verma MD, FRCP(C) Head and Professor, Department of Oncology
Contact Address: 1331 29th Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 4N2
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 403-521-3701
Contact Fax: 403-944-2331