Program Head – Cell Biology Research Program

Toronto, Ontario
Commensurate with experience
October 11 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is seeking a dynamic research leader to be Head of the Program in Cell Biology, one of seven highly productive flagship research programs. The Program Head leads 24 independent investigators and 241 graduate and postdoctoral trainees and staff. Research in this program has a strong focus on both discovery and translational research in multiple areas including cancer and infectious diseases. Visit our site to learn more about the Cell Biology Research Program. To examine cell physiology, inter and intracellular signaling, cell structure, and organelle function, both on a cellular and molecular level, researchers in the program use cutting-edge methods in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and microscopy, combined with proteomics, combinatorial chemistry and high through-put robotics. It is expected that candidates will have already established an international reputation as a researcher, in one of these areas. 

The successful candidate will have a PhD, MD or equivalent, and a demonstrated track record of increasing leadership experience in research. To practice as an MD, the successful candidate will have to obtain an appropriate Certificate of Registration from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (license to practice), and appropriate Visa (if applicable), by the job start date. The Program Head together with senior leaders will be responsible for the overall scope, focus and direction of research within the program, and will play an integral role in developing and implementing scientific priorities within the Research Institute to ensure SickKids remains at the forefront of research in cell biology. The Program Head will also work with the other Program Heads to establish inter-programmatic projects, to promote information sharing and to maximize use of resources. The Program Head will also work with Hospital and Centre leaders (e.g. Garron Family Cancer Centre, Inflammatory Bowel Centre) to promote inter-disciplinary and translational research. In addition to Program Head activities, the successful candidate will initiate and maintain an original, competitive, and independently funded research program of international caliber.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a Senior Scientist in the Research Institute and is expected to qualify for an appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level (status only) in an appropriate department at the University of Toronto. The Program Head role is a five-year appointment, with the potential to renew this leadership role for a further 5-year term following a successful Program review. At the end of their term as Program Head, the successful candidate will be eligible to maintain their senior scientist appointment.

The Cell Biology Research Program is located in the state-of-the-art Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, located in the Discovery District in the heart of downtown Toronto. The Program offers a unique environment for medical science discoveries with nine teaching and research hospitals and the University of Toronto, Canada’s largest university, in close proximity. SickKids Hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and SickKids researchers benefit from the extensive research facilities of the University and other affiliated institutions.  

Interested applicants should e-mail their application (Curriculum Vitae, research plan, leadership experience and vision) preferably in PDF format, to Dr. Michael Salter, Chief of Research, at by the close of the search on December 31, 2017. The search committee will begin to review applications in January with a potential start date in Summer or Fall 2018.

SickKids is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to diversity within our organization. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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