AHS Chair in Indigenous Health

MED Dean Administration

Competition No.  -    A100147765
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the University of Alberta are committed to Indigenous leadership, engagement, and advancement of systemic change. We are pleased to invite applications for the Alberta Health Services Chair and tenure-track position in the area of Indigenous Health. The candidate’s program may include research and scholarly activities related to health policy, health services / health care delivery, knowledge translation, implementation science or medical education. The candidate will be a self-identified Indigenous individual who leads Indigenous health research alongside Indigenous partners; liaises with Alberta Health Services; is recognized internationally for their research program; competes for external research funding; contributes to the Faculty’s undergraduate and graduate programs, including teaching; and assists with administration. The appointment will be in the department most appropriate to the successful candidate’s research and/or clinical focus.

The University of Alberta, its buildings, labs, and research stations, are primarily located on the traditional territory of Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, and Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe nations, lands that are now known as part of Treaties 6, 7, and 8, and homeland of the Métis. The University of Alberta respects the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit nations.

The University of Alberta is one of Canada's top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the health sciences, humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, and engineering. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has been internationally recognized as among the world's top 100 medical schools and as one of Canada's premier health-education institutions. The University is currently home to 39,000 students from approximately 150 countries, and 15,000 faculty and staff.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans. AHS is one of the top five most integrated health systems in the world, and is recognized internationally as a global leader in this area. Alberta’s unique single health care system brings together acute care, mental health, continuing care, home care, and emergency services under a single health authority. Connect Care, the AHS provincial electronic health records system launched in 2019, provides a single access point and data resource for complete up to date health information on all Albertans.

Skills & Experience

The successful candidate has:

  • self-identified as Indigenous, Indigenous language, and/or lived experience
  • a PhD and/or MD (or equivalent)
  • an internationally recognized program in Indigenous Health research that has been co-created with Indigenous communities,
  • preference will be given to those whose research program has a direct impact on Indigenous Health through health policy, health systems research, health care delivery, knowledge translation, implementation science, or medical education
  • work that upholds the goals of the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
  • demonstrated expertise and accomplishment in Indigenous research methodologies, interdisciplinary innovation, and community engagement
  • demonstrated history and practice of immersion in and engagement with Indigenous cultures and communities
  • knowledge of community relationship building protocols, practices, cultures and values when working with/in Indigenous communities/peoples
  • developed a network of Indigenous collaborators nationally and internationally
  • demonstrated exemplary experience in clinical care (for MDs)
  • have an established track record of success and leadership in research teaching
  • a record of high-impact publications,
  • have a successful record of attracting and supervising graduate students and post-doctoral fellows
  • have proven leadership in research and education
  • have success in obtaining external funding support for scholarly activities and the ability to apply for extramural funding, with the intention to further enhance the research and education program in Indigenous Health
  • a record of high-impact publications

To Apply:

Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  • cover letter,
  • full curriculum vitae,
  • research statement highlighting their program of research, contributions and vision for the Chair (up to 3 pages),
  • teaching interests (1 page),
  • statement on indigenization/decolonization philosophy and concrete practices (1 page),
  • contact information for three references,

Short-listed candidate will be asked to self-identify using a questionnaire. Because this opportunity is restricted to self-identified Indigenous candidates, applicant self-identification information will be used for the purposes of screening and consideration. Please note that this information will be securely stored and only shared with members of the advisory selection committee.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R2033(3)(e)) please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your cover letter. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your letter.

Applicants who require an accessibility arrangement for their interview and/or subsequent recruitment meetings can contact Valerie George at vgeorge1@ualberta.ca to arrange appropriate accommodations.

Assessment of application will begin on May 24, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

How to Apply

Apply online
Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight MST of the closing date.

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.