Academic Position in Pallliative Medicine

Academic Position in Palliative Medicine

Department of Oncology

Cumming School of Medicine

Cancer Care Alberta, Alberta Health Services

The Departments of Oncology and Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary in conjunction with Cancer Care Alberta, Alberta Health Services at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Clinical Departments of Oncology and Family Medicine, Calgary Zone, invite applications for a full-time Contingent Term academic position within the discipline of Palliative Medicine, at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level.

We are seeking a physician scientist with health services research or clinical trials design experience to join us in research, including developing, implementing and evaluating innovations in palliative care and palliative medicine. The successful candidate will be also be appointed as a physician consultant to the Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone Palliative and End of Life Care (PEOLC) service.

The Division of Palliative Medicine members and PEOLC physicians are a highly collegial group contributing to research, education and clinical care. Our integrated program offers diverse research opportunities in cancer and chronic diseases and innovative models of care delivery, from advance care planning to grief support.

Qualifications include an MD and eligibility for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Certification with the College of Family Physicians (CCFP) and /or Certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) are required. Training/experience in Palliative Medicine is required. In order to qualify to become a member of the Calgary Zone Palliative Care cARP, a physician needs to have CCFP-PC designation (certificate of added competency in palliative care with the CFPC) or have completed Royal College subspecialty training in adult palliative medicine; Royal College physicians who completed a one-year conjoint palliative care training program will be considered.

 Applicants at the Assistant Professor level will have up to five years of training or experience in Palliative Medicine or special competency in one of the Oncology disciplines (or equivalent) and commensurate evidence of successful teaching and graduate supervision, evidence of established academic engagement in professional and other communities.

Applicants at the Associate Professor level must have five plus years of training or experience in Palliative Medicine or special competency in one of the Oncology disciplines (or equivalent) and commensurate evidence of successful teaching and graduate supervision, evidence of established academic engagement in professional and other communities.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant cancer research environment at the University of Calgary that is rapidly expanding in anticipation of the opening of a New Calgary Cancer Centre (NCCC) in 2023. The NCCC is over 1.3 million square feet in size and includes 110,000 square feet of purpose built wet and dry research space. Areas of research emphasis in the NCCC, in addition to palliative care  includes basic cancer biology, early cancer detection, precision oncology & experimental therapeutics, immune oncology, cancer epidemiology and prevention, psychosocial oncology and survivorship, childhood cancer and blood disorders, and investigator-led programs in cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder, lung, breast, colon, brain, multiple myeloma, and others. Other strengths in the environment are Alberta’s strengths in health services data, bioinformatics, Alberta Cancer Outcomes Research Network (ACORN) and seven large health research institutes including the Arne Charbonneau Cancer Institute and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health.

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 Canada’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

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce that will contribute to creating the future of health. We are committed to fostering diversity through cultivating a rich community of people with wide-ranging identities, backgrounds, interests, and talents.

The University 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 give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to, the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the University of Calgary’s “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 (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications): 

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees.
  • Brief outline of specific interests and goals in both short and long term.
  • List of publications.

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Questions about this position may be directed to:

Dr. Jessica Simon, FRCPC

Division Head, Palliative Medicine, University of Calgary


Application deadline: December 10, 2021

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