Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Clinical Researcher University of Calgary, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine Canada

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Clinical Researcher, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine


Job ID: 17120

Updated: December 12, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus


Position Description


The Department of Medicine, University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, Calgary, invites applications from outstanding investigators for a full-time pre Tenure Track position as an academic gastroenterologist/health services researcher, at the Assistant Professor level in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Cumming School of Medicine.


There is a special interest in both the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health for the recruitment of a clinician researcher to the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology with a specific expertise and training in clinical trials design optimization and epidemiology, in the topic area of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The recruit should be familiar with the Canadian health care system, large health databases (including administrative data) and be able to link different available resources to produce high quality research. Qualifications include an MD, FRCPC certification in Gastroenterology and eligibility for specialist licensure in the Province of Alberta. Specialized graduate training in Public Health and/or Biostatistics (ie. MSc) is required. In addition, with the recent establishment of the International Microbiome Centre at the Cumming School of Medicine, there is now a real opportunity for a research-intensive gastroenterologist to complement the microbiome scientists specifically in the area of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease; an area of increasing importance in IBD. Therefore, an interest or expertise in the area of FMT is required for this recruitment. 


This position provides 75% protected time for research in the area of health services research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The research focus will build upon the clinical expertise of a recruit in IBD, and will include health outcomes and therapeutics in IBD. This will include both clinical trials that evaluate IBD therapies, as well as expanding upon the existing expertise in health services research in IBD, using observational study designs.The recruitment of such an individual will align with clinical needs within the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, where the combined burdens of IBD are significant.


An individual with this academic profile will align strongly with the strategic research priorities of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health (within the Cumming School of Medicine), and the Institute’s Better Health Care theme area, and more broadly with the University of Calgary’s university-wide strategic research plan. Further, the proposed position will also strongly align with two of the university’s Eyes High priority themes – specifically the priority stream that focuses on chronic disease, and also the human dynamics priority stream (that focuses on social determinants of health and well-being).


Alberta Health Services operates five teaching hospitals in the city of Calgary, including the new South Health Campus acute care facility. AHS serves 1.8 million residents of Southern Alberta, Southeastern British Columbia and Southwestern Saskatchewan.  The Department provides academic and clinical services in an integrated manner across all of the hospital sites and in several ambulatory care settings.


The Cumming School of Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce that will contribute to creating the future of health. We are committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests, and talents feel welcome and supported.


Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via University of Calgary Careers webpage using the ‘Apply Now’ link.


Please be aware that the application process allows for a maximum of four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (you are encouraged to merge documents to reduce the number of attachments):

  • Cover letter

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Research interest statement (not to exceed 2 pages)

  • Teaching Dossier

  • The names and contact information for three (3) referees


Questions about this position may be directed to:

Mark G. Swain, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FAASLD
Professor and Head, Section of Gastroenterology
Cal Wenzel Family Foundation Chair in Hepatology


Application deadline:  January 31, 2019


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)


Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view ourAcademic Careers website (http://careers.ucalgary.ca/).  For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine (http://medicine.careers.ucalgary.ca/).


About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 

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