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Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research, Cancer Control Alberta, Alberta Health Services


Research Scientist

Minimum Requirements:  
Contact Name: Dr. Christine Friedenreich
Contact Phone: (403) 698-8009
Contact Email / Web:
Posted: 4/13/2017
EpiMonitor ID: 2017-2312

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The Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research, CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services invites applications for a Research Scientist position. This core-funded AHS 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. 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 has been on modifiable lifestyle risk factors involved in cancer etiology and survival. All members of the Department also have academic appointments at the University of Calgary and collaborate with other researchers at the Charbonneau Cancer Institute ( and the O’Brien 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 design and planning is also 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.

Ranked the fifth most livable city in the world, Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and one of the best cities in Canada to raise a family. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from numerous cultural and entertainment events, community-oriented neighbourhoods, diversity and 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.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in Epidemiology, Population and Public Health or related health discipline with some experience in a research setting beyond doctoral training. The preferred applicant will 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.  Expectations for the current position include the establishment of a vigorous, sustainable, externally-funded research program (for which 75% time will be protected), complemented by contributions to teaching, graduate student supervision, professional and academic service. 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

Individuals interested in this challenging and rewarding opportunity in a growth-oriented organization should submit an application online at: The following documents are required: a cover letter and curriculum vita, a statement of research interests and goals, titles of five important publications that demonstrate research collaborations, and the names and contact information of three referees by June 30, 2017. Direct enquiries regarding this position can be sent to:

Dr. Christine Friedenreich

Scientific Leader

Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research

CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services

(403) 698-8009


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.








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