Department Chair


Competition No.  -    A113448104
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (FoMD), University of Alberta, and the Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services (AHS) invite applications for a full-time academic tenured position as Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. The academic position search is concurrent with the Alberta Health Services Edmonton Zone Section Chief of Ophthalmology search as a combined role may be possible depending on the strengths and interests of the successful candidate. 

The position requires a senior clinician with a successful track record of leadership and administration who will lead with excellence in education, research and clinical care delivery. The successful candidate must be eligible for licensure in the Province of Alberta. 

The Chair and Zone Section Chief will be responsible for a Department of six full-time and over 30 part-time faculty. The Chair, together with the Office of the Dean, will be responsible for the undergraduate and postgraduate training programs and for the further development of a graduate research program (MSc/PhD  in Medical Sciences). The Zone Section Chief will provide leadership support to the Zone Clinical Department Head and Facility Medical Directors with the assurance of efficient delivery of care and will lead quality and safety initiatives. The clinical program is delivered through a medical staff of 34 ophthalmologists and is based at the Eye Institute of Alberta at the Royal Alexandra Hospital with clinical care provided at the Institute as well as the Stollery Children’s Hospital, suburban hospital sites and chartered surgical facilities across 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 and share the common values of equity, diversity and inclusivity.  The two organizations take pride in their consistent leadership in clinical service, education and research. Details about the University of Alberta, the FoMD, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, the City of Edmonton and AHS can be found at,,,,      and .

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Alberta 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 more than 40,000 students with more than 10,000 faculty and staff. The University is situated in the provincial capital of Edmonton, home to over one million people. The greater Edmonton area offers all the amenities of a large urban center and is known internationally for its thriving arts and festival scene, a vast array of sports and fitness opportunities, one of North America’s largest stretches of riverfront urban parkland, and top-ranked health care 

Interested candidates should submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a letter outlining their current clinical and research interests, their leadership experience and their thoughts on how to meet the challenges of academic leadership in an integrated  health region. The names of three references should also be forwarded. Interested individuals area asked to submit their material to

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.