Medical Education Researcher in the Department of Family Medicine

University of Calgary



Position Description

The Department of Family Medicine ( in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, in partnership with the Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship (OHMES) invites applications for a Contingent Term appointment at the Assistant Professor level position, to develop an independent research program in Medical Education research in the domain of Family Medicine and Primary Care. Joint appointment may be provided in the Department of Community Health Sciences ( ).

Qualifications include a PhD or equivalent in the domain of Medical Education Research. The applicant must have demonstrated success at obtaining national level grants as a Principal Investigator and a high- level scientific publication track record.  Alignment of research interests with the priorities of the University of Calgary and the 2015-2020 Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) strategic plan ( ) is required. In particular, research interests should align with the CSM’s Precision Medicine priority and the OHMES vision of enhancing health and medical education scholarship at the University of Calgary.

The position provides 70% protected time for research and will also include teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels (25%). This is an excellent opportunity to develop an independent externally-funded research program, within an outstanding collaborative environment. Startup packages are available through the Department of Family Medicine and the OHMES.

This position would provide support to medical education scholarship in family medicine and beyond, outside of formal medical learning programs. The position will also allow family medicine to continue to participate and support research endeavors at the university level, the department level and in the broader community, especially nationally. Important changes are forthcoming in undergraduate medical education and there is an identified need for the necessary scholarly effort to shape and evaluate these changes. Queries around what is being taught and why, how it is being taught, and what is the contribution to the community are expected to be at the core of the research program. This would mark a major contribution towards the OHMES platform of Precision Medical Education, and it aligns with the re-energized Eyes High strategy built around the following three axes: 1) sharpen focus on research and scholarship; 2) enrich the quality and breadth of learning; and 3) integrate the university with the community.

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 University of Calgary Careers webpage using the ‘Apply Now’ link.

Please be aware that the application process allows for a maximum of four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (you are encouraged to merge documents to reduce the number of attachments):

  • Cover letter
  • Academic Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Interest Statement (not to exceed 2 pages)
  • The names and contact information for three (3) referees

Questions about this position may be directed to:
Dr. Sonya Lee
Deputy Head, Department of Family Medicine

Application deadline:  June 14, 2019

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 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. 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)

Additional Information

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.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

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. 

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