University of Alberta

Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - University of Alberta

Competition No.  -    A104438623
Closing Date  -    May 03, 2019

This opportunity is open only to current employees of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta or those who have accepted a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the university not later than July 1, 2019. 

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD) at the University of Alberta (UA) is inviting nominations for Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRC).

Tier 1 CRCs are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. Nominees must be full professors or associate professors who are expected to be promoted to full professor within one or two years of the nomination (i.e. October 2019).

Tier 2 CRCs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e. candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Tier 2 applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (e.g. where career breaks exist such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave; clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process.  Please contact the Research Services Office (Glen Thomas, UA CRC Coordinator and Advisor; for more information.  

Please consult the CRC website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria ( The University of Alberta 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 these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

Candidates are not limited to a specific area of research. However, the proposed research program is to be in alignment with the UA’s strategic research plan and the FoMD’s strategic plan and recognized areas of research strength and priority. Detailed information on CRCs at the University of Alberta is available at .  Detailed information on FoMD is available at

The FoMD vice-dean, research is leading this search.  A sub-committee of the Faculty Research Committee, chaired by the vice-dean, will review the submissions and make its nomination recommendations to the FoMD dean. Additional members from FoMD, the UA and potentially external to the university will likely be added to this committee.  The committee will be guided by the UA’s Equity,Diversity and Inclusion Public Action Plan. The successful applicants will be nominated for a CRC. Nominations are subject to review by the CRC Secretariat, and appointment as a CRC is conditional upon its approval.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Christopher Power (Vice-Dean, Research; or Mark Taylor (FoMD Senior Director of Research; General questions on the CRC program can be forwarded to Glen Thomas (UA CRC Coordinator and Advisor;        

How to Apply

Please provide the following by Friday, May 3, 2019 in electronic format (PDF preferred):

1. Complete the following questionnaire (HRS will add link).

2. Your CV in Common CV format. The CIHR Academic format is preferred.

3. A personal statement (two pages maximum) of why you feel that you that you meet the expectations of a CRC. Please address the specific requirements of the CRC level to which you are applying (i.e. Tier 1 or Tier 2) and do not simply repeat what is in your CV.  A general description of your research activities for the next 3-5 years is to be included as part of this statement.

4. For endowed research chairs only (one page maximum): why a CRC would be of benefit to you and how the support from your endowed research chair has or will support the research activities of other FoMD faculty members.

The final deadline for submission will be October 23, 2019 with an internal UA deadline of August 15, 2019. Approved applicants will be required to commit a significant amount of time to work on their submission. 

Applicants whom require an accessibility arrangement for their interview and/or subsequent recruitment meetings can contact Catherine Anley (Senior Consultant Equity,Diversity and Inclusion) at or 780.492.3020 to arrange appropriate accommodations.

Posted on: April 2, 2019

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.