Clinician Researcher/Scientist, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

Our Clients, The Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, at Western University, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London are seeking an Infectious Diseases physician for a full-time clinical academic appointment at Western University. 

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is one of Canada’s preeminent medical and dental schools.  Established in 1881, it was one of the founding schools of Western University and is known for being the birthplace of family medicine in Canada.  The Schulich School of Medicine has a bold and exciting vision to become a global leader in optimizing life-long health through innovations in research, education and active engagement with their communities.  With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities.  Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.  Their research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application.   

The Division of Infectious Diseases provides secondary and tertiary care for the City of London, Southwestern Ontario, and beyond.  The Division focuses on finding innovative solutions to the challenges of Infectious pathogens in an academic environment.  Their members have particular interests in many areas of Infectious Diseases including HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Infections in Transplant Patients, Infections in inner city health, Infection Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infections in developing countries. The emerging understanding of the impact of the human microbiome on health is another area of interest.  There will be ample opportunity for research within the Division and collaboration with other members of the Department of Medicine including basic sciences researchers.

The successful candidate will be a Clinician Researcher or Scientist and hold a Limited Term Clinical Academic appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, or a Continuing Clinical Academic appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, depending on qualifications and experience.  The appointment will be made to the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, with a cross appointment to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

The successful candidate will hold an MD, or equivalent, be certified, or eligible to be certified in Infectious Diseases as a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and be eligible for licensure in the province of Ontario.  The successful candidate will have experience providing excellent clinical care.  Expected clinical duties of the successful candidate will include participation on the Inpatient Infectious Diseases Consult Teaching Service on a rotation with the team of 6 other adult Infectious Diseases Clinicians.  In addition the candidate will participate in the Outpatient Infectious Diseases clinics.  Clinical service will not exceed 25% of the candidate’s time.

Stakeholders to the search are open to supporting any research area in Infectious Diseases for any candidate who has demonstrated research productivity in Infectious Diseases or Microbiology/Immunology.  Particularly rich opportunities for collaboration are in place for programs related to virulence mechanisms, antimicrobial resistance, or host-pathogen interactions of bacterial pathogens. The existing bacteriology research programs in the Department focus on virulence mechanisms of Helicobacter, Campylobacter, Staphylococci and Streptococci.  The existing research academics spearhead successful and ground breaking research programs in HIV and viral pathogenesis, signaling and function of immune cells, and autoimmune disorders.  There also will be opportunities for the successful candidate to collaborate in the area of danger signals in tissue injury, improved methods for organ preservation, treatment of viral-induced cancers, microbial septic shock, microbiome studies, and autoimmune mechanisms of rheumatoid arthritis.

The successful candidate’s research will be aided by a newly constructed Imaging Pathogens for Knowledge Translation (ImPaKT) facility.  This will include a state-of-the-art hybrid Containment Level (CL) 2+ and CL3 facility capable of supporting molecular and cellular investigations of major CL2 and CL3 restricted pathogenic microbes in conjunction with animal models of infectious disease. Included within the facility are multimodality imaging platforms for multi-spectral optical-x-ray imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scanners.  Research space will be provided by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology under the direction of Dr. Eric Arts, Chair of Microbiology and Immunology.

Opportunities also are available for advanced studies in the epidemiology of infectious diseases in partnership with the ICES program of Ontario.  The robust “big data” resources available in association with the interlinked Ontario databases offer opportunities to further research in infections in population health.

The University and Hospitals are offering an exceptional Academic Clinician Researcher or Scientist opportunity that is both attractive and rewarding.  The position provides a comprehensive compensation package that will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and will be composed primarily of the following sources: fee for service, alternative funding plan, and academic salary.  Academic/research support will be negotiated with the preferred candidate with up to 80% of protected time for research.  A comprehensive benefits program can be arranged.  Relocation and other costs would be negotiable with the successful candidate.

Western University is located on 1,200 picturesque acres along the banks of the river Thames in beautiful London, Ontario, a city of 530,000 located within a 2-hour drive from Toronto and Windsor, Ontario / Detroit, Michigan.  London boasts an extensive educational and health care community including two large teaching hospitals with multiple sites, two research institutes, an Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) node, and an academic health sciences network across Southwestern Ontario.  With full time enrollment of 32,000, Western graduates students from a range of academic and professional programs.  Details about Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry may be found at www.schulich.uwo.ca; Western University at www.uwo.ca; the Department of Medicine at www.schulich.uwo.ca/deptmedicine; the Division of Infectious Diseases at www.schulich.uwo.ca/infectiousdiseases;  London Health Sciences Centre at www.lhsc.on.ca; and St. Joseph’s Health Care at www.sjhc.london.on.ca.

To discuss this opportunity, contact Robb Callaghan, E-mail: rcallaghan@medfall.com  Tel: 289-238-9079.  Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and statement of academic qualifications, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three references in confidence to: Robb Callaghan, E-mail: rcallaghan@medfall.com.  Please also complete, sign and include the form at the following link:  http://uwo.ca/facultyrelations/physicians/Application_FullTime_Clinical.pdf

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