Academic Head - Department of Cardiac Sciences (University of Calgary)

University of Calgary (Cumming School of Medicine)
Calgary (City), Alberta
Closing date
Feb 14, 2023

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The University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services invite applications for the joint position of Head, Department of Cardiac Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, and Zone Clinical Department Head, Cardiac Sciences, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services. These are key leadership positions within the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) and Alberta Health Services (AHS). The successful candidate will be offered a tenure track or tenured appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor level.

Qualifications include an MD, eligibility for licensure in the Province of Alberta, and certification in either Cardiology or Cardiac Surgery.  The selected candidate must have a strong academic background with academic qualifications commensurate with a tenure track appointment at the Associate Professor level or a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor as well as proven leadership, administrative and interpersonal skills, and a strong academic and health service delivery background with demonstrated clinical, research and educational achievements.

The Department of Cardiac Sciences is a major department within the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. The Department fully contributes to the research, educational and service missions of the Cumming School of Medicine. The AHS Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH), Cardiac Sciences will lead and participate in the development of system-wide clinical services for a large and diverse population that incorporates urban Calgary and surrounding suburban and rural communities.  

The Department of Cardiac Sciences has 97 primary physician members and over 100 members. The Department is a leader in the continuous development and innovation of system-wide cardiovascular clinical services through the Sections of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, which are supported by Cardiac Anesthesia and Cardiac Critical Care.  The Department has accredited residency training programs in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, an active postgraduate and graduate basic sciences training program, and a stellar record of major accomplishments in cardiovascular research.

The Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta represents a partnership between the Calgary Zone of AHS, the Cumming School of Medicine, the University of Calgary, and the Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation. It is committed to excellence in the entire spectrum of basic and health service delivery research, disease prevention / health promotion, and education. Linkages with other health regions and Faculties, as well as with aligned community-based services are essential to the Institute’s success. Institute membership is interdisciplinary and is comprised of cardiovascular researchers, educators, clinicians and allied health professionals. There is an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively and be a full member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. The Head will play a key role in a dynamic and fully integrated health care, research, and service delivery environment, in collaboration with the Director of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute.

Located in Canada’s most enterprising city, the traditional territory of the peoples of Treaty 7 and Region 3 of the Métis Nation of Alberta, the University of Calgary (UCalgary) is a global and innovative intellectual hub for teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and community engagement. UCalgary ranks fifth among Canada’s top research universities in Research Infosource Inc.’s latest Top 50 Research Universities list released on Jan. 25, 2022. UCalgary is the youngest university to have reached the top five.

UCalgary has more than 6,500 graduate students and 28,500 undergraduate students, more than 1,800 academic staff (continuing, contingent term or limited term appointment), more than 1,300 sessionals, and more than 3,200 non-academic staff, in 14 Faculties, across five campuses. The vibrant and research-intensive environment at UCalgary is home to 146 research chairs (75 Canada Research Chairs), and more than 50 research institutes and centres. UCalgary has the fastest growth rate in attracting research funding among the 10 largest universities in Canada.

The university’s new Framework for Growth establishes principles and focus areas for the University of Calgary over the coming decade. It will ignite our entrepreneurial spirit to turn challenges into opportunities to improve the world around us. It will help to meet our academic and research ambitions and strengthen our community engagement in one of Canada’s most diverse cities, whose exciting future is unfolding rapidly, and where scientific disciplines will play a major role. Built around three big ideas (transdisciplinary scholarship, integration with our community and future-focused program delivery), the Framework will distinguish the university and drive growth.

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Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy 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 University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

The Cumming School of Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce that will contribute to creating the future of health. We are committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests, and talents feel welcome and supported.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents such as publications):

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research and education interests
  • Statement of administrative philosophy and academic goals
  • Names and contact information of three (3) references

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Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. Todd Anderson, Dean of the Cumming School of Medicine by email (, or Dr. Peter Jamieson, Associate Zone Medical Director Calgary (  

Application deadline: January 31, 2023

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website (  For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine (

The University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services strongly recommend that all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

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