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Assistant or Associate Professor (Research)

McGill University
Montréal, Quebec (CA)
Commensurate with education and experience
Closing date
Dec 26, 2023

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Life Sciences, Cell Biology, Oncology, Biomedical Engineering
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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences – Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery


Position description


The McGill University Department of Surgery, in collaboration with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), invite applications for a faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, with a focus on research areas at the interface of translational oncology, cancer cell biology and biomedical engineering. The selected candidate will be the recipient of the Aune Foundation Endowed Chair in Translational Oncology held at the Montreal General Hospital Foundation. The professorial rank will be determined according to the candidate’s qualifications and experience. This is a Contract Academic Staff position and does not confer eligibility for tenure.

The position is being offered in the Division of Thoracic Surgery ( of the Department of Surgery and the Cancer Research Program at the RI-MUHC, with strong links and possibilities of an affiliation to the Goodman Cancer Institute (GCI) ( and the Department of Biomedical Engineering ( of McGill University.

As the holder of the Aune Foundation Endowed Chair, the selected candidate will receive a competitive salary with generous operating support.  The candidate will benefit from a highly collaborative and well-funded environment within the Division of Thoracic Surgery, as well as the Cancer Research Program of the RI-MUHC, the Goodman Cancer Institute, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at McGill University. The call is open to all exceptional candidates regardless of their current area of oncology research. However, priority areas include cancer cell biology, novel cancer model systems and bioengineering approaches to cancer, proteo-genomics, cancer immunology and drug discovery/development. Ideally, the research focus of the candidate should include thoracic (e.g., lung) or upper gastrointestinal (e.g., esophagus or stomach) malignancies, or easily translatable to one of these cancers.

The McGill Division of Thoracic Surgery is a world-renowned group of clinician and basic scientists investigating all malignancies of the chest and manages one of North America’s highest volume of thoracic oncology patients. The successful applicant will have facilitated and longitudinal access to patients, many of whom are concurrently enrolled in clinical trials, with mature tissue collection and processing pipelines.  The Division has developed an extensive experience in the latest bio-banking technology resulting in a unique resource of clinically and genomically annotated, live banked esophageal, gastric, and lung patient-derived organoids and xenografts representing one of the largest living biorepositories of thoracic cancers globally (>400 tumors). This valuable resource is coupled with advanced organ-chip technology and robotic high throughput organoid drug testing capabilities that are fully and freely available to the successful candidate.

McGill University is located in the vibrant and multi-cultural city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and is regularly ranked among the top 30 public universities in the world. The RI-MUHC is a world-renowned biomedical and hospital-based research centre and is the research arm of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) comprising over 500 active members and 1,400 trainees, supported by a suite of innovative technical core facilities. The Goodman Cancer Institute (GCI) is home to internationally recognized researchers and supports state of the art platforms for functional precision oncology and multiomics approaches. The Department of Biomedical Engineering at McGill was the first such Department in Canada, and its members invented the artificial cell and pioneered discoveries, innovation and clinical applications in diagnosis, imaging and therapy.


Job Duties

The incumbent will be expected to:

  • Develop an independent, externally funded research program of the highest international standards in their own areas of expertise. This program is expected to include interdisciplinary collaborations with relevant partner units within the Cancer Research Program of the RI-MUHC, the Goodman Cancer Institute at McGill University, and Biomedical Engineering;
  • Disseminate research findings through high impact peer-reviewed publications and other knowledge translation and exchange activities;
  • Participate in all aspects of McGill’s academic mission including teaching, supervision of a diverse body of graduate students, and service to the scholarly community;
  • Contribute to the research ambitions in the RI-MUHC and the University;
  • Contribute to service activities within their units, the University, and the wider scholarly community;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a related field with significant post-doctoral experience; 
  • The candidate should have a compelling research vision that aligns with, or is applicable to, the McGill Division of Thoracic Surgery’s core mission to improve outcomes for patients suffering from malignancies of the chest and foregut;
  • Evidence of strong research productivity, with a demonstrated ability to attract competitive funding;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and stakeholders from diverse background;
  • A working knowledge of French, or a commitment to acquiring it within a few years of appointment, is considered an asset.


McGill University is an English-language university where most teaching and research activities are conducted in the English language, thereby requiring English communication both verbally and in writing.



Job Type:  Contract Academic Staff (Research)

Rank:  Assistant or Associate Professor

Job Status:  Full-Time

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Posting Period:  Please submit your application within 60 days of the publication of this advertisement




Applications must be submitted on-line at:


The following supporting documents are required:

  • a cover letter & curriculum vitae (as 1 pdf document)
  • statement of research  (if including other documents, combine to make 1 pdf)
  • the names and contact information of three referees


McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence,

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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