Position for Academic Division Director and Clinical Section Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Competition 560

Department Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Medicine Dept
Posted date March 4, 2024
Closing date Will remain open until filled.
Position Type Full Time


The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, is inviting applications for the Academic Division Director of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, and Clinical Section Chief in Infectious Diseases, Edmonton Zone under the Clinical Department of Medicine. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the Faculty has been internationally recognized among the world’s top 50 medical schools, and as one of Canada’s premier health education institutions. The University is currently home to more than 38,000 students with more than 15,000 faculty and staff.

The Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alberta is focused on ensuring excellence in clinical practice, research and teaching. It currently provides clinical services to all acute care facilities in Edmonton, and consultative service to Northern Alberta and most of the northern territories. Specialty programs in Infection Control, HIV and Hepatitis Care, and Transplant Infectious Diseases have been established, multiplying the opportunities for clinical, epidemiologic and bench research, and for medical education. The Division boasts one of the longest running and most highly regarded Canadian postgraduate training programs in Infectious Diseases, and has recently established a fellowship program in Transplant Infectious Diseases. It continues to enjoy a close working relationship with Provincial and Regional microbiology laboratories, and with Regional Public Health officials. In an era of increasingly complex, subspecialized, institutionally based medical care of pandemic infectious diseases and of multi-drug resistant pathogens, the challenges and rewards for the Division and its members have never been greater.

The Division Director and Section Chief is responsible for all recruitment, research, education, and clinical services of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alberta in the Edmonton Zone.  She or he is expected to be a leader who will further develop the Division to remain among the top Infectious Disease groups worldwide and advance the clinical, research and educational mandate within the Department of Medicine.

The Alberta Health Services Clinical Section Chief for Infectious Diseases is responsible for the delivery of all Infectious Disease services in the Edmonton Zone. This includes four major urban teaching and four smaller community hospitals. The University Hospital furthermore, is the major referral center for Northern Alberta and the Northern regions of adjoining provinces and territories.  The Infectious Diseases Section Chief is responsible for developing, maintaining and implementing service plans to meet current and future demands for Infectious Disease care in the Edmonton Zone and its referral regions.

The Department is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader who will be supportive of all elements in the Division of Infectious Diseases. The successful candidate will be an active advocate for the Division, and will be collegial and consultative in his or her leadership to drive educational innovation, maximize research output within the Division and lead strategic growth initiatives. 

The successful candidate will be an MD (or equivalent) with relevant clinical qualifications in Infectious Diseases recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent certification body.  Candidate must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) as clinical service is required as part of this appointment. The successful candidate will be offered a contingent tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor within the Department, which is in accordance with the University of Alberta Faculty Agreement.  The position offers a competitive salary on the Academic Medicine Health Services Program and a comprehensive benefits package.

He or she will be recognized internationally through scholarly accomplishment in research and teaching.  Preference will be given to individuals with administrative experience in an academic setting. 

Interested candidates are asked to submit online a letter of intent and curriculum vitae outlining their education, academic progression, research interests, and other relevant information, along with three letters of reference. Submissions should be made online.


Dr Narmin Kassam

Chair, Department of Medicine


Applications will begin to be reviewed 2 weeks after the ad is postedhowever, the competition will remain open until the position is filled.

As the capital of Alberta, Edmonton is a vibrant, cosmopolitan center of over one million persons, featuring an abundance of community activities, services, attractions, welcoming neighborhoods, parks and river valley activities – a city that truly offers something for everyone; please visit www.edmonton.ca.

Details about the University of Alberta, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the Department of Medicine can be found on the Faculty’s Home Page at www.ualberta.ca

Details about Alberta Health Services can be found at www.albertahealthservices.ca.

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.