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Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular & Epigenetic Basis of Cancer

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, is seeking applicants for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Molecular & Epigenetic Basis of Cancer. In accordance with the regulations set for Tier 1 CRCs (, the successful candidate will be an outstanding and innovative researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact in his or her field; be recognized internationally as a leader in their field; and have a superior record of attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  The candidate must lead and grow an innovative, interdisciplinary research program of the highest quality that would attract excellent trainees, students, and future researchers, high levels of external research funding, and promote translational partnerships.  In addition to research leadership, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching and service mandate at Western University.

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry fosters an interdisciplinary approach to biomedical research.  The Tier 1 CRC will be expected to pursue an independent, externally-funded, research program situated within Schulich Medicine & Dentistry on Western’s campus and provide leadership for research initiatives that will promote strong links to clinical departments.  The position will provide excellent opportunities to collaborate with distinguished researchers at Western and its affiliated research institutes including the Lawson Heath Research Institute, Robarts Research Institute, and London Regional Cancer Program.

The candidate will be expected to provide leadership in research initiatives and the establishment/maintenance of research facilities that will enable applications of proteomic strategies for investigation of the Molecular & Epigenetic Basis of Cancer.  Candidates with demonstrated innovation and leadership in the development and application of mass spectrometry and array-based proteomic technologies for proteome scale analysis of regulatory protein domains and post-translational modifications involved in the Molecular & Epigenetic Basis of Cancer are particularly encouraged to apply. Our research programs benefit from close collaborations between clinical and basic science faculty, and offer unique training programs in diverse fields.

A successful candidate holding a PhD in a relevant field will be appointed in a probationary (tenure-track)/tenured position at the level of Associate Professor or Full Professor depending on the qualifications, interests, and experience of the successful candidate.  Compensation for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The candidate will be appointed in the Department of Biochemistry within Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, with a cross appointment in the Department of Oncology.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Chairs of the Departments to which they are appointed.  The Tier 1 Canada Research Chair appointment is for a five-year period, with the possibility of renewal for one additional term.  Anticipated start date is February 1st, 2017 or as negotiated.

Western University is located in London, Ontario, with a metropolitan census of 530,000.  London boasts an extensive educational and health care community including two large teaching hospitals with multiple sites, two research institutes, an Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences node, and the Southwestern Academic Health Sciences Network.  With 32,000 full-time students, Western graduates students from a wide range of academic and professional programs.  Details about Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry may be found at and Western University at  Western’s Recruitment & Retention Office is available to assist in the transition of successful applicants and their families.

The application should include a detailed curriculum vitae, brief description of the current research program, accomplishments, at least five representative publications in the last five years, and the names of three references.  Please send the complete application to: 

Dr. Denise Figlewicz
Vice Dean, Research and Education
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Please ensure that the form available at the link below is completed and included in your application submission:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Review of applicants will begin after January 6, 2017.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Brigitte Neale at phone 519-661-2111 ext. 82698.