Canada Research Chair (Tier I), Precision Medicine and Data Science and Canada Research Chair (Tier

Canada Research Chair (Tier I), Precision Medicine and Data Science


Canada Research Chair (Tier I), Health Informatics for Precision Medicine

Department of Medicine

Cumming School of Medicine

The Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health invite applications from outstanding investigators for two Canada Research Chair (Tier I) positions – one in Precision Medicine and Data Science and the second in Health Informatics for Precision Medicine. The successful candidates will be appointed at the rank of Professor (with tenure) and will each be nominated for a CIHR Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website, including eligibility criteria.

Qualifications include an MD with FRCPC certification in a relevant internal medicine specialty and eligibility for specialist licensure in Alberta. The successful candidates will have academic qualifications commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Professor and will be nationally or internationally recognized scientists with expertise in health informatics and/or bioinformatics and lead active research programs. The interests of the successful candidates should align strongly with the strategic research priorities of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and the School’s strategic plan, including the Precision Medicine/Precision Public Health initiative. The candidates’ interests should also align with the University of Calgary’s university-wide strategic research plan and Platform Strategy for Clinical, Health Services and Population Health Research.

The Platform Strategy identifies health informatics as one of three key enablers that are needed to enhance the success of University of Calgary scientists in Clinical, Health Services and Population Health Research. Similarly, bioinformatics capacity and expertise are essential for success of the Precision Medicine/Precision Public Health initiative. Therefore, the successful candidates will help lead the Cumming School of Medicine’s health informatics and bioinformatics initiative, which supports Cumming School of Medicine scientists from all disciplines to use informatics-based tools in their research.

Attractive remuneration and benefits packages through the University of Calgary-Alberta Health Services Alternate Relationship Plan will apply, and is competitive with fee-for-service billings.

Alberta Health Services operates five teaching hospitals in the city of Calgary, including the new South Health Campus acute care facility. AHS serves 1.8 million residents of Southern Alberta, Southeastern British Columbia and Southwestern Saskatchewan.  The Department provides academic and clinical services in an integrated manner across all of the hospital sites and in several ambulatory care settings.

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Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents such as publications):

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests
  • Statement of teaching philosophy/teaching dossier
  • Names and contact information of three (3) references

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. Richard Leigh, Professor and Head, Department of Medicine by email (

Application deadline: October 15, 2018

The University of Calgary 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.  

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