Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Cancer Genomics and Systems Biology
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan, CA
2d ago

Department : Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology

Location : Saskatoon

Posted Date : 4 / 4 / 2019

The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan is pleased to invite applications for a tenured or tenure-track, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair appointment in Cancer Genomics and Systems Biology.

The Canada Research Chair (CRC) Program is the flagship of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development ().

The Chair will provide leadership and expertise in the field of cancer research using genomics and systems biology approaches to advance personalized medicine for cancer treatment .

The candidate for the Tier 2 CRC Chair will add capacity and new expertise in functional genomics, synthetic lethality, large-

scale tumor omics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc.) and bioinformatics. Outstanding candidates in other areas of cancer biology will be considered.

The Chair is expected to join a rich collaborative network within the College of Medicine and University, encompassing Cancer, Drug Discovery, Imaging, and Molecular Design research groups, Departments of Chemistry and Computer Science, and the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

The Chair will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the Colleges of Medicine (Cancer Groups), Pharmacy and Nutrition (Drug Discovery Group), and Arts & Science (Chemistry and Computer Science).

The Chair will also benefit from the close ties the College of Medicine has with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, a key resource to translate fundamental pre-

clinical discoveries into new clinical trials.

It is anticipated that the appointment of the Chair will be in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology that currently has 28 faculty members and several associate members, many of whom lead cancer-

related research programs. Further information about the Department can be found here : . Considerable infrastructure for cancer research is in place and is supported by the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and the College of Medicine.

The Chair will secure external funding, including Tri-agency grants and will also be expected to attract, supervise and mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The Chair is expected to make major contributions in the area of precision oncology that will spark productive collaborations both across our campus and outside of the University and strengthen the University’s strategic initiative to advance human health.

The Chair will contribute to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the department, and will participate in the administrative activities of the department.

The University of Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s top 15 research-intensive universities. Its main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River known for its quality of life, diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities.

The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 24,000.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. and at least 3 years of post-doctoral training. Applicants may currently hold an Assistant or Associate Professor position, or must possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed to these levels.

We are seeking candidates who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and leadership in research as demonstrated through peer-

reviewed publications and national / international research grants held.

Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have less than 10 years of experience as an active researcher in their field at the time of nomination).

Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.

may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please consult the CRC website for eligibility details or contact the Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) unit for more information (

The successful applicant will be appointed as a as a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology in the College of Medicine, and will be nominated for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair.

Salary bands for this position are as follows : Assistant Professor : $93,293 to $112,109; and Associate Professor : $112,109 to $130,925, with the possibility of merit-based additions.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

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