University of Alberta

Chair, Department of Oncology

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Competition No.  -    A104431150
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.


The University Of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as the Chair of the Department of Oncology. This position works closely with the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH) for Oncology in the Edmonton Zone.

A concurrent leadership role as the Alberta Health Services Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH) Oncology, may be possible depending on the strengths and interests of the successful candidate.

The University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services combined are one of Canada’s leading Academic Health Sciences Centers in one of the largest integrated health delivery regions in the world. With annual budgets of $1.8 billion and $13.5 billion respectively, the two organizations take pride in their persistent leadership in clinical service, education and research.

The ZCDH for Oncology is a Medical Leadership position within AHS, responsible for the overall function and structure of the Zone Clinical Department. Together, the University of Alberta Chair and ZCDH are responsible for providing integrated academic and clinical operational leadership to the Department of Oncology in the Edmonton Zone.

Chair of the Department of Oncology - Qualifications

The successful candidate will have an MD, MD/PhD, PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline with national or international reputation as a scholar and will have proven leadership experience, which will be applied to strengthen the University’s reputation as a leading research-intensive post-secondary institution in Canada and abroad. The Chair must have a demonstrated ability to foster mentorship and career development opportunities for faculty members. Strong and well-developed interpersonal communication skills are an asset.

The individual, if a physician, must be eligible for licensure in the province of Alberta and will hold certification in an Oncology discipline from either the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (or an equivalent).

Key responsibilities

The Chair will:

  • Develop and execute a strategic plan for continued departmental growth in the delivery of superior educational programs, research innovation and clinical service
  • Work to foster interdisciplinary research and clinical care
  • Promote administrative, clinical, research and educational excellence
  • Foster a culture of mentoring among faculty within the department
  • Increase visibility of the department within the Faculty and the University, nationally and internationally
  • Support the growth and continued accreditation of the department’s educational and clinical programs  

The Chair is responsible for a department with a core group of approximately 73 academic faculty, including 25 PhD’s more than 50 clinical faculty, as well as support and research staff. The department is organized in 7 divisions. The successful candidate, together with the Office of the Dean, will be responsible for the undergraduate and postgraduate Medical and Radiation Oncology and palliative care training programs (fully RCPSC-accredited Oncology training program), and also for three CAMPEP accredited medical physics residency programs. There is an undergraduate degree offered through the department in Radiation Therapy, with the expectation of the development of a graduate program within the next few years. There is a very active clinical trials unit, including a Phase 1 trials group, and supported by approximately 50 CRN’s and CRC’s.

The research program is a major factor in the department’s academic success. There are integrated research programs addressing basic, translational and clinical aspects of cancer causation, prevention, treatment and care. The investigational programs cover the cancer research spectrum addressing questions in molecular and cellular mechanisms of tumor development, tumor biology, molecular imaging and systemic radiation therapy, radiation biology, cancer care delivery and palliative care. 

Additionally, the chair will be expected to collaborate with ZCDH to facilitate the academic and clinical mission of the department. This would be reflected in strategic hiring and the continued involvement of faculty in competitive research activities and educational pursuits.

Research opportunities

The research activities are supported by state-of-the-art technology platforms including facilities for cellular imaging, high-throughput microarray and SNP analysis, biorepositories, preclinical and clinical molecular imaging, a preclinical radiation delivery, development of biomarkers, drug design and clinical trials.  Also, the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA) is another research opportunity. This Pan-university translational institute aims to educate researchers, the public and special interest groups about the value of translational cancer research. 

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit to Dr. Richard Fedorak, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a two-page document outlining their clinical and research interests, their academic and leadership experience, as well as their thoughts on how to meet the challenges of academic leadership in an integrated health region. The names and addresses of three referees should be included. Interested individuals are asked to submit their material by February 10, 2017.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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.