Academic Clinician Scientist in Pediatric Epilepsy

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The Department of Paediatrics ( in conjunction with the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI; at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary invite applications for a full-time Academic Clinician-Scientist at the Associate or Full Professor levels to lead a comprehensive pediatric epilepsy program, and to advance an independent academic research program in clinical pediatric epilepsy. Alignment of the research interests with the priorities of the Cumming School of Medicine and the University of Calgary is expected ( While all subspecialty areas and expertise within the field of pediatric epilepsy will be considered, the priorities include epilepsy surgery, neuroimaging, clinical neurophysiology, human biomarker development, and health services/outcomes research.

This position would assume directorship of an established regional epilepsy program in conjunction with an already pre-eminent adult epilepsy program at the University of Calgary. Importantly, the successful candidate must possess significant prior experience in running a comprehensive pediatric epilepsy program (inclusive of a pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit, surgical evaluations in infants and children, both inpatient and outpatient EEG services, ketogenic diet program, vagus nerve stimulation, and clinical neuropharmacology). Additionally, this individual should have particular academic expertise in the field of epilepsy with a national or international reputation. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute meaningfully to medical student, residency and fellowship training. This is an excellent opportunity to lead and grow one of the top academic pediatric epilepsy programs in Canada within an outstanding collaborative environment. Generous start-up packages are available through ACHRI and the Department of Paediatrics. A joint appointment to the Department of Clinical Neurosciences (, Department of Radiology (, and/or the Hotchkiss Brain Institute ( would be possible and encouraged when appropriate.

Applicants at the Associate Professor level must present evidence of an established, externally funded research program, a strong publication record, evidence of successful teaching and graduate supervision, and evidence of established academic engagement in professional and other communities.

Applicants at the Professor level must provide evidence of a well-established funded research program, outstanding academic publication record, evidence of a fully established, demonstrated ability to lead research teams, outstanding teaching and graduate supervision record, and evidence of academic service and/or leadership.

The Section of Pediatric Neurology based at the Alberta Children’s Hospital provides neurological clinical care to the children of southern Alberta and neighbouring Saskatchewan/British Columbia. At present, the Section is comprised of 14 faculty child neurologists, and an extensive team of trainees and allied health professionals. Excellence in clinical care spans all elements of child neurology including: Epilepsy, Neurotrauma and Stroke, Headache, Demyelination & Neuroimmunology, Neonatal Neurology, Neuromuscular Disorders, Developmental & Cognitive, Neurogenetics & Metabolics, Movement Disorders, and Brain Malformations. The Section provides tertiary care to paediatric patients in Southern Alberta, SE British Columbia and SW Saskatchewan, a catchment area of approximately 2.5 million people. The 127 bed Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) opened in 2006 followed by the adjacent Child Development Centre and Rotary Flames House Hospice. The Department of Paediatrics has over 300 clinical and academic faculty members who are part of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

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If interested, please submit a cover letter, academic curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests (not to exceed 2 pages) and the names of three (3) references, by September 30, 2018 to:

Dr. James D. Kellner,

Professor and Head,

Department of Pediatrics

University of Calgary and

Alberta Health Services – Calgary Zone

Alberta Children’s Hospital

2888 Shaganappi Trail NW

Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3B 6A8

Phone: 403.955.7802

Fax: 403.955.3065


Please reference Academic Clinician-Scientist in Pediatric Epilepsy in the subject line of your e-mail.

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 (


Qualifications include an MD or equivalent, a certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Pediatric Neurology or equivalent certification from another professional association. Certification of fellowship training in pediatric epilepsy is a requirement, as is certification in clinical neurophysiology (EEG). Further, an advanced research degree such as an MSc, MPH, PhD or equivalent would be considered an asset. The position will be in a Clinician Investigator track, providing 40% protected time for research, and will also include administrative, clinical service and teaching responsibilities.

The candidate must be eligible for Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Must read, write and speak English.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority


$357,000 - $366,619 per annum. Funding source: Alberta Academic Medicine and Health Services Program (AMHSP). Remuneration for this position will commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Specialist On Call: $438.72/day variable depending on the number of call.

The Practitioner is responsible for purchasing health and insurance benefits.

The AMA, through the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program, reimburses eligible physicians for costs incurred with regard to the maintenance and enhancement of knowledge, skills and competency.

The annual allotment of $2656 carries forward for three years but expires on March 31 of the fourth year if not used.

Recruiter Contact:

Dr. James D. Kellner

Professor and Head

Department of Pediatrics

University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services – Calgary Zone

Alberta Children’s Hospital

2888 Shaganappi Trail NW

Calgary, T3B 6A8

Phone: 403-955-7802

Fax: 403-955-3065


Applicants are to submit three letters of reference and curriculum vitae (in pdf format) to by 30-Sep-2018

24 June 2019
Location: Canada Alberta Calgary
Work type:
Full time
Healthcare and Medical
Medical Practitioner
PLEASE! No enquiries from Recruitment Agencies or Headhunters.

Only direct applications will be considered.

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