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SpecialtyMedical Oncology

StatusOpen for Applications

PositionPermanent full-time

CommunityCalgary(Calgary Zone)Read more about this community

Closing DateNovember 30, 2017

Posted DateApril 07, 2017

Start DateSeptember 01, 2017


Hospital NameTom Baker Cancer CentreRead more about this hospital

Job Description

The Departments of Oncology and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, in conjunction with Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary and Cancer Control Alberta, Alberta Health Services (AHS) invite applications for a full-time contingent term appointment of an academic pathologist/clinician-scientist at the Associate Professor or Professor level to lead the Cancer Translational Laboratories located within the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC). The Translational Laboratories are the major cancer research core facility for the AHS cancer program and Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. The successful applicant will be a leader within a multidisciplinary cancer program and join an expanding team of clinicians and scientists engaged in biomarker discovery, cancer genomics, and facilitate the design and execution of clinical trials of targeted therapies.

This position offers an outstanding opportunity to develop a successful independent and collaborative research program in the broad areas of translational cancer research and experimental therapeutics. The TBCC is a tertiary referral centre and the major treatment, research and education facility for southern Alberta. Over 7,000 new patients are seen each year at the TBCC. A new freestanding comprehensive cancer centre adjacent to the Cumming School of Medicine and Foothills Medical Centre is being planned and the successful applicant will have an opportunity to shape the Translational Laboratories for the new Cancer Centre. Other strengths in the environment are a university-wide genomics and bioinformatics initiative led by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Robson DNA Science Centre within the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute.

The successful candidate will devote approximately 50% of their time to research and academic activities and 20% of their time to administrative activities and in this capacity, will report to the Department Head, Oncology, at the Cumming School of Medicine. The remaining 30% of time will be spent providing clinical service in pathology and will report to the Department Head, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, at the Cumming School of Medicine.

The Translational Laboratories currently support the discovery and validation of molecular tests to guide the use of novel cancer therapeutics. Its capabilities include quantitative immunohistochemistry, tissue microarray construction, pharmacogenomics / pharmacokinetic analyses, and next generation sequencing. An outstanding group of staff scientists are supported by a core budget to operate the facility. The Translational Laboratories are currently engaged in over 40 university-based, industry-sponsored, and cooperative clinical trial group collaborations.

Long-term salary support and a start-up package are available to support the successful candidate. The appointee will be expected to apply for external research funding from national agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to enhance their research program. While duties include teaching and student supervision, the appointee will have up to 50% protected time for research activities. Also, to ensure success, joint-appointments to other Institutes and Departments within the Cumming School of Medicine and University of Calgary will be encouraged.

$350,197 – $407,373 per annum salary. Funded through CancerControl Alberta, AHS

Remuneration will depend on experience and will be based on the Pathologists Remuneration Grid.

The physician is responsible for purchasing health and insurance benefits.

Alberta Medical Association''''''''s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program reimburses physicians for expenses incurred during education sessions through an agreement between the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health. The annual allotment of $2,562.50 carries forward for three years.

Qualifications & Experience

Qualifications at the Associate Professor level include a MD (or equivalent) with five to ten years’ board certified experience in Anatomical and/or Hematological Pathology and additional training/experience in a field related to translational cancer research or equivalent. A proven track record demonstrating research excellence including a strong publication record, evidence of successful teaching and supervision, evidence of established academic engagement/leadership and national level research grant success is mandatory.

Qualifications at the Professor level include a MD (or equivalent) with more than ten years board certified training in Anatomical and/or Hematological Pathology and additional training/experience in a field related to translational cancer research or equivalent. A proven track record demonstrating research excellence and national level research grant success is mandatory. Applications at the Professor level must provide evidence of an outstanding academic publication record, successful teaching and supervision record; and evidence of outstanding academic service and/or leadership.

Eligibility for medical licensure in the Province of Alberta is mandatory.

Must read, write and speak English.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Compensation Type
Average Annual Income
$250,000 - $400,000
Physician Agreement Incentives

A Flat Fee is paid to physicians who practice & reside this community of $0 per year provided his/her annual income for insured services is greater than $50,000. (Residency conditions apply, including living in the eligible community for nine of the previous twelve months ending on the payment date.) The Variable Fee Premium paid is an additional 0% for insured services provided in this community.

Rural, Remote, Northern Program (RRNP) - Please note, payments through the RRNP are capped at $60,000 per physician per year.

Medical Liability Reimbursement - reimburses physicians for their medical liability protection costs less a $1,000 deductible.

Continuing Medical Education - reimburses physicians for eligible continuing medical education costs. Each eligible physician receives a $2,656 annual allotment which can be carried forward for up to three years.

Parental Leave Program - provides $1,063 per week for up to 17 weeks to physician parents of a newborn or newly adopted child.

Business Cost Program - addresses escalating practice costs in community based practices. This fee modifier is added automatically to select office visits and consultations. This program applies across the province and all physicians who provide visit services in an office based setting will receive an additional $2.75 with the exception of Calgary and Airdrie where the fee modifier is $3.25 on select office visits and consultations.

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