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UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Precision Oncology


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 and the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA), in partnership with other affiliated institutions, notably the Children & Women’s Health Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health, and collaborators at the Life Sciences Centre and Centre for Drug Research and Development.


The role of the research Chair will be to enhance UBC and BCCA’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 to study treatment resistance. The Chair will work closely within a rich environment of cancer researchers at the BCCA’s 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 the BC Cancer Agency, and will combine world-class research with focused and specialized clinical activities at the BC Can­cer Agency’s Vancouver Centre. The role is empowered by dedicated, protected time for academic activities. The successful candidate will hold an academic appointment at UBC, a clinical appointment at the BC Cancer Agency, and a Scientist appointment at the BC Cancer Agency’s Research Centre.


The successful candidate will be a clinician scientist with established expertise in relevant areas including e.g. 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 and BCCA, 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 at the BCCA, as well as successful growth of umbrella trials that are now being developed and led across the country by BCCA 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 practice license in medical or radiation oncology or other relevant specialty in his/her current jurisdic­tion. The candidate will have a successful track record of outstanding academic 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.


The 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 Marcia Lang


Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2017 will continue until the position is filled.


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