Medical (MD) Biochemistry Section Lead or Clinical (PhD) Biochemist Lead

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Alberta Public Laboratories (APL) North Sector, in partnership with the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, in Edmonton, Alberta is seeking a qualified full time Medical Biochemist (MD) or Clinical Biochemist (PhD) Leader for the North Sector, APL. The North Sector, APL includes all of the former Edmonton Laboratory Services, and the Northern Cities and Communities of Alberta. The Section Chief for Chemistry in APL North Sector, is a key laboratory leadership position that directly reports to the North Sector Medical Director. The successful applicant may also be considered for appointment with the University of Alberta’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. This includes opportunities for teaching and independent and/or collaborative research.

This position oversees the laboratory operations as a medical and scientific leader of the Biochemistry Section within APL, North Sector. Accountabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Liaises with clinical users in regards to medical and scientific operational issues and decisions related to the relevant laboratory section.
  • Participation in test interpretation and reporting
  • Overseeing the evaluation and implementation of testing methodology in collaboration with other Section Chiefs/Divisional Directors.
  • Provides knowledge transfer of emerging and innovative methodologies and procedures to staff and colleagues.
  • Leadership to the dyad Administrative Leadership team regarding financial, capital, physical and operating resources required for operational planning.
  • Provides input on workforce planning, recruitment, quality improvement and strategic planning for the Biochemistry section.
  • Works collaboratively with stakeholders from the Universities to enable and integrate clinical teaching and research.
  • Facilitates communication with and provides expertise to external stakeholders, customers, and peer organizations.
  • Expertise in analysis of large scale laboratory utilization and quality data is an asset.

Responsibilities will include operational supervision of technical and support staff, overseeing the laboratory quality assurance program, on call requirements, teaching and supervision of trainees, clinical consultation with physicians, surgeons and oncologists, and liaising with various multidisciplinary committees and groups that develop and monitor laboratory policies, processes and procedures. In addition to Core Chemistry, the successful candidate will facilitate operation of a number of sub-specialty testing areas such as toxicology, trace elements, special chemistry/endocrinology, and prenatal/maternal screening.


Minimum of five (5) years of experience in laboratory medicine, with a leadership/management component. Minimum qualifications include a MD with eligibility for licensure in the Province of Alberta with certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Physicians must also have current Canadian Medical Protective Association coverage.

PhD candidates must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience in laboratory medicine, with a leadership/management component and certification as a clinical biochemist by the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (or equivalent). Prior administrative experience is an asset.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • Effective communication and leadership ability to oversee laboratory operations to achieve maximum effectiveness, quality assurance, operational efficiency and appropriateness of care
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, changing environment that allows for delivery of quality service
  • Ability to balance service and quality imperative in a resource-sensitive environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively, building trust in working relationships, and being an overall team player

An excellent remuneration package including relocation assistance is provided. Options to function as either a contractor or an employee exist. Starting remuneration is commensurate with the level of fellowship training and experience. Remuneration range for a MD Pathologist in Alberta is $353,874.00 to $411,650.00. Board Certified PhD salary is in accordance with the C-Stream Salary Structure and will commensurate with qualification and experience. A comprehensive package of employee benefits is offered for PhDs.

Recruiter Contact:

The posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Please note that all employees new to APL must provide a criminal records check in compliance with the Protection for Persons in Care Act.

Interested persons meeting the above qualifications should forward their curriculum vitae, referencing competition number 19-UAH-APL-LAB-BIO-04, and contact information of three referees to:

Dr. Michael Mengel

North Sector Medical Director, APL


In accordance with the Canadian Foreign Workers requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Alberta Public Laboratories (APL) respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. This position is available for APL Sponsorship.

Alberta Public Laboratories Ltd.

29 August 2019
Location: Canada Alberta Edmonton
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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