Academic Chair, Department of Psychiatry

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

Competition No.  -    A104442660
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is inviting applications for a full time position as Department Chair, Psychiatry. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the faculty has been internationally recognized as among the world’s top 100 medical schools and as one of Canada’s premier health-education institutions. 

The Department of Psychiatry offers well-established training programs in postgraduate medical education and separate MSc and PhD Degrees. Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in neurochemistry, neuroimaging, and neuropsychopharmacology research. The department has access to impressive research facilities and has a strong funding record. The Department is supported by an Academic Medicine & Health Services Program (AMHSP). 

The University of Alberta is committed to fostering education and research within the department and as such, the faculty is seeking a strong leader who will further develop the Department of Psychiatry through the engagement of faculty members and the enhancement of collaboration with a continuing focus in excellent patient care, research and education. 

The successful candidate will be a visionary and strategic leader with a proven track record of success in inspiring excellence and engaging faculty, a record of personal academic accomplishment and excellent interpersonal skills, as well as innovative ideas on how to meet the opportunities of academic, research and clinical service leadership in an integrated health region. Current tenured Academic faculty in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, with a PhD or MD are eligible to apply.

For candidates external to the University of Alberta they must have a MD/PhD or MD to provide clinical care in a manner that meets the expectations of both the University and Alberta Health Services (AHS). The successful candidate will be offered a contingent tenure-track appointment and a concurrent clinical appointment with AHS. The candidate must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, have obtained the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Specialty Certification in Psychiatry or equivalent and must be eligible to work in Canada. The Department Chair will report to the Dean of Medicine for academic matters, and will report to the AHS Zone Clinical Department Head, Addiction and Mental Health, or designate for clinical practice matters. Remuneration for this position is based on the Academic Medicine & Health Services Program (AMHSP). Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest province wide system responsible for delivering health services to the over four million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Northwest Territories. AHS has recently been identified as being one of the top five most integrated health systems in the world. Alberta Health Services has over 110,000 employees and is supported by over 14,300 volunteers and almost 10,300 physicians practicing in Alberta. AHS operates the University of Alberta Hospital, the Royal Alexandra Hospital, seven suburban hospitals within the greater Edmonton Area and collaborates with two facilities operated by Covenant Health (the Grey Nuns and Misericordia Community Hospitals)

The ideal candidate for this important role will possess the following skills, attributes and experience:

  • MD and/or a PhD with relevant clinical qualifications, skills and eligibility for licensure in the Province of Alberta; 
  • Experience with, and a belief in the comprehensive clinical care model / patient-centered care; 
  • Demonstrated engagement, collaboration, and building of transforming teams and networks among stakeholders
  • Ability to develop an enhanced research capacity through their national / international reputation or network; 
  • Broad knowledge of issues and opportunities in psychiatric education; 
  • Demonstrated leadership in professional organizations dedicated to medical education; and 
  • Preference will be given to persons with a strong administration background within an academia portfolio. 

Details about the University of Alberta, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the Department of Psychiatry can be found on the Faculty’s Home Page at Details about Alberta Health Services and the City of Edmonton can be found at and

Interested candidates should submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae outlining their current clinical and research interests and their leadership experience. Three names of references should also be forwarded. Interested persons are asked to submit their material by end of business on August 31st, 2020 to  and through the job posting at  The ideal start date will be in January 2021, and the posting will remain open until the position is filled.

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 persons will be considered.

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.

The University of Alberta and AHS 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 and AHS to apply.

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.