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UBC President's Excellence Chair in Precision Oncology

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
Dependent upon skills and experience
Closing date
Jan 9, 2022

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Full Time
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Permanent, Chair/Chief/Medical Director
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The University of British Columbia (UBC) seeks to advance cancer research as a priority area with the recruitment of a President’s Excellence Chair in Precision Oncology. Precision oncology is a major multidisciplinary driver for cancer researchers at UBC, in partnership with affiliated institutions, notably BC Cancer, BC Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, BC Women’s Hospital and Research Institute, Vancouver Coastal Health, UBC Life Sciences Institute and other UBC and Faculty of Medicine Centres and Institutes.

The role of the research Chair will be to enhance UBC’s capacity in precision oncology clinical trials, and facilitate the translation of new genomic assays and other biomarkers to improve our understanding of currently incurable metastatic cancers, with an interest in the use of e.g. whole genome and single cell sequencing technologies and proteomics and/or metabolomics to study treatment resistance. The Chair will work closely within a rich environment of cancer researchers at the BC Cancer Research Centre, including Canada’s largest cancer genomics facility (Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre), UBC, and other affiliated institutions. The Chair will be expected to lead and coordinate a program focused on precision     oncology at UBC and will combine world-class research with focused and specialized clinical activities at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Centre and/or other hospital institution as appropriate. The role is empowered by dedicated, protected time for academic activities.

The successful candidate will be a clinician scientist with established expertise in relevant areas including oncology, genomics, clinical trials, novel drug evaluation and/or development, and practical experience in working in, and implementing precision oncology platforms and clinical trials. The Chair is open to an outstanding individual who is a leader in genomics and precision oncology, and will provide medical leadership to support growing needs in precision oncology at UBC, enabling a structured approach to integrate cancer genomics in clinical trials and generate high quality knowledge that will ultimately lead to improved outcomes for cancer patients. Integration across genomics, bioinformatics, clinical oncology, biomarkers, and novel drug development are required to support many disease site programs, as well as successful growth of umbrella trials that are now being developed and led across the country by BC Cancer and other academic partners.

The successful candidate will have a MD, MD/PhD or equivalent degree with specialty training in oncology and additional training in health or basic research. The candidate should hold a valid medical practice license in relevant specialties concerning cancer. The candidate will have a successful track record of outstanding academic and clinical achievements, evidenced by high impact publications, success in attracting peer-reviewed research funding, and demonstrated results in translational research activities. The successful candidate must be eligible for registration by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, through the full or academic registration programs.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position will include at least 70% protected academic time, with dedicated research funding to support the successful candidate for the first seven years of the program, and access to exceptional platforms in cancer biology, genomics, proteomics, conventional and molecular imaging and bioinformatics.

A letter of application, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and names of four referees should be directed to:

Dr. Robert McMaster

Chair of the Search Committee

Subject line: President’s Excellence Chair in Precision Oncology

 c/o Jennifer Barker

This position will remain open until filled.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Our Vision: To Transform Health for Everyone.

Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine. Across British Columbia, more than 12,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.

The Faculty - comprised of approximately 2,200 administrative support, technical/research and management and professional staff, as well approximately 650 full-time academic and over 10,000 clinical faculty members - is composed of 19 academic basic science and/or clinical departments, three schools, and 24 research centres and institutes. Together with its University and Health Authority partners, the Faculty delivers innovative programs and conducts research in the areas of health and life sciences. Faculty, staff and trainees are located at university campuses, clinical academic campuses in hospital settings and other regionally based centres across the province.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


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