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Academic Position, Health Systems Scientist

University of Calgary

The Departments of Oncology, Surgery and Community Health Sciences, in partnership with the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, invite applications for a full-time tenure track academic position, as a Health Systems Scientist, at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Qualifications include a PhD in Health Services and System Research, at least 2 years of postdoctoral training beyond the PhD with demonstrated applied outcome research experience in large data studies for outcomes and system performance. A proven record of excellence in research as demonstrated by scholarly publications as principal author, presentations at academic meetings, and the potential to compete successfully for peer-reviewed funding is required. The successful candidate must have analytical capability using large administrative and electronic health records databases.

We are seeking a scientist to develop an independent health systems research program focused on Breast Cancer Outcomes and Care. Particular areas of expertise crucial for this position include patient outcomes, healthcare system performance, and strong data science and statistical analysis. This position offers an excellent opportunity to develop an independent research program with collaborative interactions in a multidisciplinary environment within the Breast Cancer Research Program that encompasses the Departments of Oncology, Surgery and Community Health Sciences, and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Research Institute, the broader University and Alberta Health Services. Established collaboration with these groups is an asset.

As a faculty member this role includes 85% protected time for research, complemented by contributions in education, mentorship / supervision, and administrative service / leadership. Teaching duties will include undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses within the Departments of Oncology, Surgery and Community Health Sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to apply to, and be successful, at local, provincial and national grant agencies.

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

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.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via University of Calgary Careers webpage using the ‘Apply Now’ link.

Please be aware that the application process allows for a maximum of four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (you are encouraged to merge documents to reduce the number of attachments): 

• Cover letter
• Academic Curriculum Vitae
• Research Interest Statement and Teaching Philosophy (not to exceed 2 pages each)
• The names and contact information for three (3) referees

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Questions about this position may be directed to:
Dr May Lynn Quan
Scientific Director of the Calgary Breast Cancer Research Program

Application deadline: June 14, 2019
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 have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website ( For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine (

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, Aboriginal People, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) 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 (