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Academic Position, Scientist 

University of Calgary

The Departments of Oncology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in partnership with Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute and Ohlson Research Initiative (ORI), at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, invite applications for a full-time Tenure Track academic position, at the Assistant Professor level in Precision Oncology and Experimental Therapeutics research.

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 Calgary in 2023. The NCCC will have over 110,000 square feet of purpose built wet and dry research. Areas of research emphasis will include, but are not limited to, molecular and precision oncology and experimental therapeutics, molecular and genomic analysis and research in the area of head and neck cancer. This recruitment will complement a growing emphasis on precision oncology and experimental therapeutics research. Other strengths in the environment are a university-wide genomics and bioinformatics initiative led by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and in addition to Charbonneau, six large health research institutes at the University of Calgary, headquartered within the Cumming School of Medicine.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to building a strong research program as part of the vibrant Precision Oncology and Experimental Therapeutics (POET) program through leading and coordinating efforts to obtain substantial external funding from the CIHR and/or other prestigious national cancer research funding agencies and groups. In addition to leading the POET research effort, the candidate will also serve as the Director of the Tumor Biology and Translational Research program for the ORI with a focus on head and neck cancer research.

Qualifications for appointment at the level of Assistant Professor include a PhD with at least six years of postdoctoral experience in the field of molecular and precision Oncology and research, with additional training/experience in bioinformatics and genome science related to translational and basic Oncology research. A proven track record demonstrating research excellence including a strong publication record with at least 10 peer reviewed publications to date, with the candidate being either first or senior author on approximately half of these, teaching, supervision and established academic engagement/leadership is required. The candidate must have previous experience in supervising students and trainees and scholarship including supervision of graduate students and in the application of molecular science to cancer care and sufficient recognition in their field to contribute to Eyes High Strategy of the University of Calgary.

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. View full posting and apply on

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 

Questions about this position may be directed to:

Dr. Sunil Verma 

Application deadline: May 30, 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 (