University of Alberta

Endowed Chair, Spinal Cord Injury Research

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Competition No.  -    A104429036
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta is seeking candidates qualified for a tenure appointment as an Associate or full Professor to become the inaugural Endowed Chair, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research. The SCI Research Chair Endowment Fund has been established with generous contributions from community donors and is to be used to support spinal cord injury research.

The Endowed Chair will lead the development of an academic and practice-focused research program in spinal cord injury designed to enhance the existing body of scientific research in the field and develop new, innovative and evidence-based interventions that will help individuals living with SCI. The research process and the results will ensure that individuals and medical professionals in the SCI field can benefit from the findings, leading to longer lasting interventions and improved care. It is expected the Chair will work collaboratively with other research groups and centres, within the province, nationally and internationally, with a view to accelerating a cure for SCI.

Clinicians will hold a clinical appointment and would participate in clinical care of patients including those with spinal cord injury and basic scientists would be expected to collaborate effectively with clinicians and other basic scientists working within the area.

The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Providing leadership in the advancement of a world class spinal cord injury research program at the University of Alberta
  • Leveraging spinal cord injury research excellence at the University of Alberta by building national linkages to accelerate translation of new knowledge into best practices; improving functional recovery and quality of life for persons living with spinal cord injury
  • Supporting participation by the University of Alberta in a Canada-wide network of researchers,clinicians and scientists
  • Promoting collaborative research across disciplines, build on strengths and utilizing the existing resources available at the University of Alberta
  • Engaging in efforts to attract outstanding students, research associates, and faculty members to the University of Alberta to participate in spinal cord injury research and thereby supporting spinal cord injury researcher development at the University of Alberta
  • Participate in fundraising and promotional activities conducted by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, as required
  • Acknowledging the SCI Research Chair in any related publications, public acknowledgements or appearances

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • An MD and/or PhD or equivalent degree is required
  • Clinicians should be licensable at a specialty level in Alberta
  • Possess a strong reputation and proven leadership in the field of Spinal Cord Injury research with demonstrated success in productivity and dissemination of research
  • Demonstrated interest and aptitude for applied research encompassing research designed specifically to translate promising advances into pre-clinical and clinical investigations relevant to the treatment of SCI is encouraged
  • Expertise and accomplishments directly related to spinal cord injury in humans or models would be essential
  • Success in applying for grant funding with the intention to further enhance the research and education program
  • Proven success in attracting and mentoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows
  • Visionary leader with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationship that bring a variety of stakeholders and multi-disciplined researchers together
  • Establishment of effective links with community groups that have an interest in SCI research with the goal to work collaboratively and actively link research with practice

Details about the University of Alberta, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry are found at

Interested candidates should submit by email a current curriculum vitae, three reference letters and a cover letter outlining their suitability for the Chair.

For a copy of the in-depth job description, please visit the Conroy Ross website at: 

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job: AHIS-561752 Endowed Chair, Spinal Cord Injury Research, AB – Edmonton and Area (CRPAPPLY) Applications should include the following a cover letter outlining suitability; a current curriculum vitae; and three (3) confidential letters of reference.

How to Apply


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.