University of Alberta

Assistant/Associate/Professor Clinician Scientist and Endowed Chair in Clinical and/or Outcomes Research

Department of Pediatrics

Competition No.  -    A100838195
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Department of Pediatrics and Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor clinician scientist position in General Pediatrics or any Pediatric sub-specialty and a significant research focus in clinical trials and/or health outcomes research.  The Department of Pediatrics within the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s leading academic pediatric institutions in medical education and pediatric research.  The mission of the research portfolio is to conduct high-quality, clinically relevant research and translate knowledge to improve child health outcomes.

Applicants must have an academic record of excellence and leadership abilities to allow the development of a transformative and novel research program.  Interested applicants must hold an MD (or equivalent) and must have completed a fellowship in Pediatrics or a Pediatric sub-specialty, and be certified or eligible to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. See the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for more information on various routes of credentialing ( Successful candidate must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA). The successful applicant will have expertise in methodology and conduct of clinical trials and/or health outcomes research. Applicants with advanced training such as a Masters or PhD in a related field (e.g. Clinical Epidemiology) will be given hiring preference.

This is an exciting position ready to be filled by a clinician scientist who will build on the health innovation momentum in Alberta by developing a transformative and innovative research program in pediatric clinical trials and/or outcomes research in their clinical area of research interest.  The successful applicant will be awarded an Endowed Chair in Clinical Trials to support their research program and join a larger community of investigators with the goal of helping to advance innovative clinical trials and health outcomes research.  Responsibilities are a mix of independent and collaborative research as well as supervision of graduate students or other trainees, and teaching. The successful applicant will be expected to build an independent research program and compete for external funding.

Resources available include the following:

  • The Stollery Children’s Hospital, one of Canada’s premier children’s hospitals. The Stollery Children’s Hospital is Western Canada's referral centre for pediatric cardiac surgery and a national leader in organ transplantation.
  • Clinical Investigation Unit(s) in the Stollery Children’s Hospital and in collaboration with the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC) for short stay and overnight inpatient research to assess drug safety, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and other invasive or complex research procedures in a safe and expertly staffed research environment. 
  • The Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI), a partnership between the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, with financial support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation.  WCHRI is the only research institute in Canada and one of the few in the world, to focus on women’s, children’s and perinatal health.  Collaborative research associated with this position will be conducted within the WCHRI’s Clinical Trials Support Unit and Data Coordinating Center:
    • Clinical Trials Support Unit – WCHRI’s clinical trials support team helps minimize the time required to initiate studies by facilitating regulatory requirements and ensuring that women and children who choose to participate in research receive the best care by experienced staff. The team currently provides support to local investigators and provides national coordinating support to KIDSCAN (emerging national network to support clinical trials in Canadian children).
    • Data Coordinating Centre – WCHRI’s data coordinating centre (DCC) assists researchers in obtaining high-quality, statistically appropriate, verifiable data in support of their studies. The team currently provides a range of data coordinating services for a number of hospitals, centres, and networks across Canada.
  • The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit with service platforms to facilitate timely access to administrative and clinical health data, other research services, patient engagement, and pragmatic clinical trials.

The successful candidate will be offered a tenure-track appointment in accordance with the University of Alberta Faculty Agreement, which offers a comprehensive benefits package. The successful candidate will be appointed within the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, residing within the Department of Pediatrics. The successful candidate will have 50-75% protected time for research with the remaining time dedicated to clinical duties, teaching and administration. A contribution to teaching of clinical trials in the Department of Pediatrics is expected.

Candidates will be expected to successfully compete for external funding, including research operating grants from provincial, national and international agencies. The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry will provide guidance and support in the development of these applications. The successful candidate will be provided with research start-up funding and will be afforded with the opportunity to apply for a CFI JELF grant to acquire additional research infrastructure.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry Faculty has been internationally recognized among the world’s top medical schools and has a vibrant, world-class community of health researchers. The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and attracts more than $480 million in sponsored research revenue. It offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses—including one rural and one francophone campus. The university has more than 260,000 alumni worldwide. The university and its people remain dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that knowledge shall be used for “uplifting the whole people.”

Interested candidates are asked to submit online a letter of intent, a brief (1-2 page) five-year research plan and curriculum vitae outlining their education, qualifications, and experience along with three letters of reference to Dr. Gary Lopaschuk at as the Associate Chair, Research in the Department of Pediatrics.

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

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.