CIFAR Chair and Academic Tenure track Position

Updated: 23 days ago
Deadline: Will remain open until filled.; Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta is pleased to invite applications for the CIFAR Chair and Assistant or Associate Professor tenure-track position in the area of Predictive Analytics and Natural Language Processing.  The successful applicant will work closely with clinicians and clinician scientists across the Faculty, as well as relevant stakeholders from Alberta Health Services. They will collaborate closely with the AHS Chair in Artificial Intelligence Applied to Health to advance expertise in the training, development, and facilitation of AI applications to clinical data and the development of an educational program to increase capacity of highly qualified personnel in AI and health. This position is part of a University of Alberta cluster hire in the areas of research strength that include Health, Energy and Indigenous Initiatives in health and humanities, among others. The University of Alberta is world-renowned for its strength in AI; this cohort will bring together and foster the next generation of scientists leading the development of machine learning for societal benefit and support the faculty and university objective of advancing precision health and accelerate the integration of AI into clinical care. The Faculty seeks expertise that complements its existing strengths and this appointment will be made in the Department of Medicine. The successful candidate will initiate, lead, and collaborate in research activities, liaise with Alberta Health Services, compete for external research funding, contribute to the Department's undergraduate and graduate programs, including teaching and assisting with administration.

Successful candidates will be considered as a nominee for a Canada CIFAR Artificial Intelligence Chair, if the appointment advances the strategic considerations of the University of Alberta Precision Health Signature Area, and the research interests of the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii).

The University recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate's record of research achievement and that these leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

The University of Alberta is one of Canada's top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the health sciences, humanities, sciences, creative arts, business and engineering. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has been internationally recognized as among the world's top 100 medical schools and as one of Canada's premier health-education institutions. The University is currently home to 39,000 students from~ 150 countries and 15,000 faculty and staff. It is also home to Amii (, one of three artificial intelligence hubs in Canada. Amii is one of three institutes named in the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy and represents more than 35 artificial intelligence (AI) & machine learning (ML) researchers at the U of A, as well as CCAI Chairs at post-secondary institutions across Western Canada.  Amii has helped to make the University of Alberta one of the world's top five machine learning and artificial intelligence research organizations according to

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans. AHS is one of the top five most integrated health systems in the world and is recognized internationally as a global leader in this area. Alberta's unique single health care system brings together acute care, mental health, continuing care, home care and emergency services under single authority. Connect Care, the AHS provincial electronic health records system launched in 2019, provides a single access point, and data resource for complete up to date health information on all Albertans.

Skills & Experience

The successful candidate has a:

  • PhD with strengths in health analytics and data science research, such as computer science, biostatistics, mathematics, health sciences, AI, engineering, information technology or a closely related area
  • Proven record of high-quality research achievements
  • Strong potential for productive interactions with researchers in the Faculty and in related disciplines at the University of Alberta

To apply:

Applicants are asked to submit online the following (all files must be submitted in PDF format): a cover letter; a full curriculum vitae; a one to two-page research statement which should highlight contributions to their field of research; and teaching interests. Each applicant must also provide contact information of three referees who are willing to submit confidential reference letters about their accomplishments and their potential as an independent researcher

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your cover letter. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Assessment of applications will begin February 27, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Narmin Kassam, MD, FRCPC
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine
University of Alberta

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