Alberta Health Services Chair in Artificial Intelligence Applied to Health

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Department of Medicine and Alberta Health Services

Competition No.  -    A100643273
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta is pleased to invite applications for the Alberta Health Services Chair and tenure-track position in the area of ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health’. Applications from all areas of AI and Machine Learning (ML) with a focus on applications of AI in health are welcome, with preference for the application of natural language processing (NLP). The Faculty seeks expertise that complements its existing strengths and this appointment will be made in the department most appropriate to the successful candidate’s research focus. The successful candidate will initiate, lead, and collaborate in research activities, liaise with Alberta Health Services, compete for external research funding, contribute to the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programs, including teaching and assisting with administration.

Successful candidates will be considered as a nominee for a Canada CIFAR Artificial Intelligence Chair, if the appointment advances the strategic considerations of the University of Alberta Precision Health Signature Area, and the research interests of the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii).

The University recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and that these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

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 ~ 150 countries and 15,000 faculty and staff. It is also home to Amii (, one of three artificial intelligence hubs in Canada. Amii has helped to make the University of Alberta one of the world’s top five machine learning and artificial intelligence research organizations according to

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. Albertas unique single health care system brings together acute care, mental health, continuing care, home care and emergency services under single 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 a:

  • PhD, MD (or equivalent) with strengths in health analytics and data science research, such as computer science, biostatistics, mathematics, health sciences, AI, engineering, information technology or a closely related area
  • Proven record of high-quality research achievements
  • Strong potential for productive interactions with researchers in the Faculty and in related disciplines at the University of Alberta

To apply:

Applicants are asked to submit the following (all files must be submitted in PDF format): a cover letter; a full curriculum vitae; a one to two-page research statement which should highlight contributions to their field of research; and teaching interests. Each applicant must also provide contact information of three referees who are willing to submit confidential reference letters about their accomplishments and their potential as an independent researcher.

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 cover letter. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your cover letter.

All applicants to this job posting are required to self-identify using the following questionnaire.

Applicants whom require an accessibility arrangement for their interview and/or subsequent recruitment meetings can contact Kendyl Galbraith at 780-974-3796 to arrange appropriate accommodations.

Assessment of applications will begin January 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Dr. Narmin Kassam

Chair, Department of Medicine


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.