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Tenure-Track Position in Big Data Science
University of Calgary

  • Aug. 1, 2017
  • Tenure-Track Position in Big Data Science
  • Cumming School of Medicine
  • University of Calgary
    Calgary, AB
  • Oct. 31, 2017
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology
    Informatics - All Categories
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The Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, in partnership with the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, is inviting applications for a tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, in the area of big data science. Examples of big data are administrative health data, electronic medical records, large clinical registry and linked health and social data.

Qualifications include a recent advanced research degree, PhD or equivalent with at least 1-3 years of experience in big data science research beyond the PhD degree, and a proven record of excellence in statistics, analytical methodology, data mining, machine learning, or visualization in use of big data as demonstrated by scholarly publications and the ability to compete successfully for funding.

The candidate will have the potential to become a leader in the research field. Priority will be given to individuals with a focus on developing innovative data science methods for enabling the use of big data for research to understand cardiovascular or related chronic conditions at a system or population level.

This position offers an excellent opportunity to develop a vigorous and independent externally-funded research program within a dynamic, collaborative and multidisciplinary environment. The position provides 75% of time protected for research, and will include expectations to contribute to teaching (undergraduate or graduate, as appropriate) and graduate student supervision. A competitive salary and an attractive start-up package are available. The successful candidate will be expected to apply for extramural support from national/provincial agencies for relevant salary awards and operating funds to sustain their research program. This position is part of a broader Cumming School of Medicine Strategy for Precision Medicine.

The successful candidate will join the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine, in close proximity to other investigators with similar interests. The Libin Institute and Cumming School of Medicine are also home to a number of excellent core research facilities. Please visit our websites at, and for more information. Joint membership to the O’Brien Institute Public Health would be encouraged. Other affiliations would be dependent upon the skill set of the successful applicant.

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

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.

Interested candidates should submit: 1) their curriculum vitae, 2) a cover letter that includes a summary of their research interests and proposed future research directions and 3) three letters of reference. All documents should be combined in a single PDF file, by October 31, 2017, addressed to:

Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn
Head, Department of Community Health Sciences
University of Calgary
3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 4Z6

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)

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.

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  • Dr. Brenda Hemmeigam
    Department of Community Health Sciences
    University of Calgary
    University of Calgary
    3280 Hospital Drive NW



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