McMaster University

McMaster University

Academic Posting in the Faculty of Health Sciences

Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Academic Department Chair

The Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University invites nominations and applications for the position of Academic Department Chair, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine.

McMaster University, located in Hamilton, Ontario and founded in 1887 by Senator William McMaster is one of the top 100 universities in the world (Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2012).  The university is internationally recognized for developing the “McMaster Model” – a student-centered, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning that has been adopted by universities world-wide.  Our more than 21,000 undergraduate and 3,400 graduate students enjoy a pedestrian-friendly campus set on 300 scenic acres with outstanding indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and within walking distance of the quaint residential neighbourhood of Westdale Village.  As a research intensive university McMaster has a total sponsored research income of $325.9 million with research income per full-time faculty member averaging $248,600 (Research Infosource Inc., 2012).  This places McMaster in sixth place in Canada for research intensity.   The university is the only North American host site of a United Nations University, the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). 

The fourth largest city in Ontario, Hamilton is located on the western tip of Lake Ontario.  The Niagara Escarpment including a section of the Bruce Trail bisects the city providing many beautiful areas for outdoor activities and contributing to its reputation as the “Waterfall Capital of Canada”.   Hamilton has a flourishing arts community that is re-invigorating the historic James Street North district and is becoming a “destination” for galleries, shops and international cuisine.  Hamilton is located in close proximity to Toronto, Niagara Falls and the U.S. border. 

The Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine integrates basic biomedical science, anatomy education and clinical laboratory medicine.  It is the home department for the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program (HRLMP) whose members provide diagnostic and clinical medicine services for South Central Ontario.   The department is recognized for unrivalled expertise in basic and clinical research, outstanding diagnostic and clinical medicine, and for a strong commitment to undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate education.   Our faculty conduct world-class research in immunology and infectious diseases, molecular virology, cancer, respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, cardiovascular diseases and genomics and bioinformatics based on translational research approaches.   Pathology and Molecular Medicine faculty provide a significant contribution to health sciences education through their participation in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program, undergraduate medicine programs and graduate studies. Our Postgraduate Training Program in Laboratory Medicine is considered one of the very best in Canada.   

The Chair is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic vision that will advance the academic mission of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine within the Faculty.  He/she is accountable for the overall administration of the academic department and for the relationship between the Department and the broader academic community.  He/she is the spokesperson on the application of faculty and university policies to the department, on curriculum, academic appointments, promotion and tenure, and nominations to committees.   The successful candidate will play a leading role in academic planning and management within the Faculty of Health Sciences.  Candidates are expected to have a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, a distinguished record of research, and demonstrated leadership ability.  An MD, PhD or MD/PhD in a relevant field of study is required.  The Chair represents the academic perspective on clinical matters of regional interest through collaboration with the Director of the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program (HRLMP) who is also the Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Hamilton Health Sciences and Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton.   An outstanding leader, who exemplifies the University’s core competencies for managers and leaders and demonstrates excellence in academic and clinical work, is required. 

The appointment will be effective July 1, 2014 for a five-year term with the possibility for renewal.  Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with experience. 

Your application including curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three referees should be submitted in strict confidence to:

Dr. John G. Kelton, MD
Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences
Chair, Selection Committee for the Chair, Pathology and Molecular Medicine
c/o Ms. D. Miller (

The Selection Committee will begin to review applications immediately and will continue to accept applications until a suitable candidate has been identified.   Visit the Faculty of Health Sciences , the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton for further information.

Posted: January 24, 2014

Note: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority for these positions. McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at Extension 222-HR (22247).
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