Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Competition 530

Department Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Pediatrics Dept
Posted date February 12, 2024
Closing date Will remain open until filled.
Position Type Full Time


Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta invites applications for appointment as the academic Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

The University of Alberta (UofA) Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD) invites applications for Chair of the Department of Pediatrics from current tenured UofA academic faculty with a PhD or MD, and external candidates with an MD (may have additional degrees) who are able to provide clinical care in a manner that meets the expectations of both the University and Alberta Health Services (AHS). The Chair will work collaboratively to achieve the faculty’s mission to improve the health and health care of current and future generations through excellence and innovation in education, research, and clinical care.

The FoMD, within the College of Health Sciences, at the University of Alberta, located in Edmonton, Alberta, is internationally recognized as a top medical school. The Department of Pediatrics is one of Canada’s leading academic health centres for pediatric specialty and subspecialty education and research. The Department works in close partnership with the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) to lead cutting-edge research and with Alberta Health Services’ Stollery Children’s Hospital to provide exceptional clinical care.

The successful candidate will be a visionary and strategic leader who inspires excellence and engages departmental members and partners in effective collaboration. They will have outstanding interpersonal skills and show evidence of building, managing and maintaining high-quality and productive relationships across diverse groups of individuals. They will have a personal record of academic accomplishment, demonstrating creativity and innovative ideas to meet the opportunities of academic, research and clinical service leadership in an integrated health region.

Applicants with an MD will hold certification in pediatrics from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (or an equivalent) and be eligible for licensure as a specialist in pediatrics in the Province of Alberta. The successful candidate will be offered a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor. Salary will be commensurate with education, experience, and academic productivity. Total remuneration for an MD in this position is based on the Academic Medicine & Health Services Program (AMHSP).

Interested candidates should submit:

  • a letter of introduction outlining relevant academic and leadership experiences, vision for the Department of Pediatrics and how their experience makes them an ideal candidate (maximum 3 pages);
  • a description of their leadership philosophy (maximum 1 page);
  • a description of their approach to collaboration with both internal and external partners (maximum 1 page);
  • an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) statement outlining past contributions to EDI and the resulting impact on academic, professional and/or community settings (maximum 1 page);
  • and an up-to-date curriculum vitae. 

The description of leadership philosophy, description of approach to collaboration and EDI statement should exclude identifying factors (name, age, gender, education, work experience etc.) to facilitate a blinded review of these documents by the search and selection committee.

MD candidates external to Edmonton will require a second application through DoctorJobsAB for clinical appointment with Alberta Health Services.

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

The University of Alberta is located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community. Founded in 1908, the University is one of Canada's foremost research-intensive universities and home to more than 40,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate and more than 500 graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, more than 300,000 alumni worldwide with an annual operating budget of over one billion dollars and external research funding over 500 million dollars. 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.

The Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) founded in 2006 is a partnership between the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, supported by the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. WCHRI membership is made up of over 400 researchers who are passionately committed to women and children’s health and well-being. It is the only research institute in Canada to focus on both women’s and children’s health, including perinatal health.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest province-wide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the over four million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Stollery Children’s Hospital is a centre for specialized pediatric care that serves a referral centre for many services in Western and Northern Canada.

The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation is a key partner in the educational and research (through WCHRI) mission of the Department of Pediatrics.

The FoMD has adopted the Okanagan Charter and is committed to health-promoting learning and working environments supporting safety and wellbeing.

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

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.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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, M├ętis 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.