Tier I Canada Research Chair in Precision & Molecular Oncology

Calgary (Region), Alberta (CA)
Salary expectations will be set during the interview process
March 16 2021
Life Sciences, Oncology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Department of Oncology, through partnership with the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, invites applications for an appointment with Tenure at the Professor level in Precision and Molecular Oncology. The selected candidate will be nominated for a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Precision and Molecular Oncology.  Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website, including eligibility criteria.  


Qualifications include a PhD with extensive experience and accomplishment in the field of Precision and Molecular Oncology with a focus on clinical translation. Individuals with an interest in cancers of the urinary tract (i.e., kidney, prostate, bladder) and/or immune aspects of cancer are especially welcome to apply. The successful applicant will have an exceptional publication record, evidence of successful trainee supervision and major grant support, and display or have the potential for national leadership in precision and molecular oncology.  After assuming the Chair, the successful candidate will be expected to lead a vibrant research program with external funding from CIHR and/or other prestigious national cancer research funding agencies, attract outstanding trainees, and pursue science that advances cancer care and furthers the Eyes High Goal and Strategy of the University of Calgary.


Applicants must have more than ten years of demonstrated experience in the field of molecular and precision Oncology, with additional training/experience in a field related to translational and basic science Oncology research that is recognized at a national and/or international level. A proven track record demonstrating research excellence and national research grant success is mandatory. Applicants must also provide evidence of an outstanding academic publication record, successful teaching and supervision record, evidence of outstanding academic service and have evidence of successful academic engagement, leadership and strategic visionary skill sets.


The successful candidate will join a 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 will have over 110,000 square feet of purpose built wet and dry research space. Areas of research emphasis in the NCCC will include 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 a campus-wide genomics and bioinformatics initiative and seven large health research institutes.  


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 be recognized as 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. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.


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 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 an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests, and talents feel welcome and supported.  This includes the provision of a formal mentoring program, internal grant review programs that enhance success in research grant applications, pilot funding programs and other support programs.


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 are  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 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only 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


    Statement of research interests and a description of a proposed 7-year research plan for the Chair


    Statement of teaching philosophy/teaching dossier



View full posting and apply: https://medicine.careers.ucalgary.ca/jobs/6444720-tier-i-canada-research-chair-in-precision-and-molecular-oncology-department-of-oncology-cumming-school-of-medicine



Application deadline: April 30, 2021.



Questions about this position may be directed to:


Dr. Don Morris MD, PhD, FRCPC


Head Department of Oncology


Facility Medical Director, Tom Baker Cancer Centre






The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here; in particular, we encourage members of the four designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding diversity or requests for accommodation can be sent to Human Resources (hrhire@ucalgary.ca).


To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website (http://careers.ucalgary.ca/).  For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine (http://medicine.careers.ucalgary.ca/)


The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.