Academic Chair, Department of Oncology


Competition No.  -    A104445522
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University Of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry invites current University Of Alberta tenure track faculty to apply for appointment as the Chair of the Department of Oncology. This position works closely with the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH) for Oncology in the Edmonton Zone.

The University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services combined are one of Canada’s leading Academic Health Sciences Centers in one of the largest integrated health delivery regions in the world. With annual budgets of $1.8 billion and $13.5 billion respectively, the two organizations take pride in their leadership in clinical service, education and research.

Chair of the Department of Oncology - Qualifications

The successful candidate will have an MD, MD/PhD, PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline with a national or international reputation as a scholar and will have proven leadership experience, which will be applied to strengthen the University’s reputation as a leading research-intensive post-secondary institution in Canada and abroad. The Chair must have a demonstrated ability to foster mentorship and career development opportunities for faculty members. Strong and well-developed interpersonal communication skills are an asset.

Key responsibilities

The Chair will:

  • Develop and execute a strategic plan for continued departmental growth in the delivery of superior educational programs, research innovation and clinical service
  • Work to foster interdisciplinary research and clinical care
  • Promote administrative, clinical, research and educational excellence
  • Foster a culture of mentoring among faculty within the department
  • Meet annually with faculty members for evaluation and career development
  • Increase visibility of the department within the Faculty and the University, nationally and internationally
  • Support the growth and continued accreditation of the department’s educational and clinical programs  

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The Chair is responsible for a department with a core group of approximately 73 academic faculty, including 25 PhD’s and more than 50 clinical faculty, as well as support and research staff. The department is organized in 7 divisions. The successful candidate, together with the Office of the Dean, will be responsible for a diverse education portfolio. This includes undergraduate medical education and the undergraduate Radiation Therapy degree program, as well as RCPSC-accredited residency programs in Medical, Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Palliative Care Medicine (pending). In addition, the department hosts three CAMPEP-
accredited Medical Physics programs (one graduate and two residency), provides MSc and PhD training in Cancer Sciences and Medical Physics, and plans to develop a MSc graduate program in Radiation Therapy within the next few years. There is an extensive clinical trials unit, which includes a Phase 1 clinical trials group, and that is supported by approximately 50 CRNs and CRCs.


The department’s research program is a major factor in its academic success. There are integrated research programs addressing basic, translational, and clinical aspects of cancer causation, prevention, treatment, and care. These investigational programs cover the cancer research spectrum, addressing questions in molecular and cellular biology of tumor development, molecular imaging and systemic radiation therapy, radiation biology, cancer care delivery, and palliative care. 

Additionally, the chair will be expected to collaborate with the ZCDH to facilitate the academic and clinical mission of the department. This would be reflected in strategic hiring and the continued involvement of faculty in competitive research activities and educational pursuits.

Research opportunities

The research activities are supported by state-of-the-art technology platforms including facilities for cellular imaging, high-throughput microarray and SNP analysis, biorepositories, preclinical and clinical molecular imaging, a preclinical radiation delivery, development of biomarkers, drug design, and clinical trials. Additional research opportunities exist through the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA) , which is a pan-university translational science institute that aims to support cancer research and educate the public and special interest groups about the value of cancer research.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae. A 2-3 page letter of introduction outlining relevant research, education and leadership experiences should also be included.  Three names of references should also be provided.  Interested persons are asked to submit their material by end of business on August 31, 2021 to The posting will remain open until the position is filled.

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How to Apply


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.