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Research Scientist--Biostatistician, Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research, CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services

Calgary, Alberta
Deadline February 2, 2018

The Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research, CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services invites applications for a Research Scientist position. This core-funded, permanent position offers the opportunity to pursue independent and collaborative multidisciplinary research with 75% of time protected for research with 25% time for teaching, trainee supervision and service activities. As the Research Scientist you will establish a sustainable, externally-funded research program in the area of cancer epidemiology that could include developing new methods and application of existing methods to cancer research questions.

Calgary is ranked the fifth most livable city in the world and is a city of leaders-in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from numerous cultural and entertainment events, community-oriented neighbourhoods and diversity. It is one hour's drive from the UNESCO-designated world heritage Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The starting annual salary range for this position is $79,800 to $99,750. A comprehensive benefits package and pension plan is included with this position.

Individuals interested in this challenging and rewarding opportunity in a growth-oriented organization should submit an application online at:

The following documents are required by February 02, 2018: cover letter and curriculum vita, statement of research interests and goals, titles of five important publications that demonstrate research collaborations, and the names and contact information of three referees. Enquiries regarding this position can be sent to: Dr. Christine Friedenreich, Scientific Leader, Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research or 403-698-8009.

Job Description

The Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research currently has a team of nationally and internationally recognized cancer epidemiologists and statisticians together with a core group of experienced research staff, engaged in population-based cancer research including etiology, molecular and genetic epidemiology, and biostatistics. A major focus of the research activities is on modifiable lifestyle, occupational, and environmental risk factors involved in cancer etiology and survival. All members of the Department have academic appointments at the University of Calgary and collaborate with other researchers at the Charbonneau Cancer Institute ( and the OíBrien Institute of Public Health ( in the Cumming School of Medicine. Appointments will be granted in appropriate Institutes and Departments of the University of Calgary at an academic level commensurate with experience. The appointees will be expected to obtain external research funding from provincial and national agencies to support their research program.

The Province of Alberta has made a major investment in cancer through the $500 million Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund (, complementing the long term endowment funding provided by the Alberta Cancer Foundation for large scale epidemiologic research projects that include the Alberta Tomorrow Project ( In addition, the provincial government in its strategic plan for cancer control in Alberta to 2030 includes a strong commitment to cancer prevention research and programs. The construction is underway for an innovative, state-of-the art comprehensive cancer control campus in Calgary that will be the focal point for all areas of cancer control, including research (

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Biostatistics or Statistics with some experience in a research setting beyond doctoral training. The applicants must have an emerging track record of successful research demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications, research funding commensurate with stage of career, and maturity of their personal strategic research plan. This research program will be complemented by contributions to teaching, graduate student supervision, professional and academic service. The applicant will have knowledge of cancer epidemiology and cancer research more generally and will actively interact and collaborate with other cancer research scientists. Successful candidates need excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team-oriented and multidisciplinary setting. Detailed information about this position and the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research can be found at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Alberta Health Services respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.