Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Cardiac Regeneration

Toronto (City), Ontario
competitive salary based on experience
May 15 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine and The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute invites applications for the position of:

Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Cardiac Regeneration

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (UofT) and The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute (SickKids) are seeking to recruit an internationally recognized scientist with an exceptional track record in innovation and research leadership to direct a new program in Cardiac Regeneration. This program will be supported by a prestigious CERC award, funded at over $20 million. Through recruitment of world-renowned researchers and their teams to Canada, the CERC Program supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada’s reputation as a global leader in research and innovation.

Recent unprecedented investments - including the creation of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, the world-class cardiac genomics efforts at SickKids, and the launch of the Medicine by Design (MbD) program at the UofT - have positioned our institutions as world-leading centres for cardiac regenerative medicine research and clinical translation. The CERC will leverage the rich interactions and collaborations underway amongst these programs. The CERC will bring expertise in heart developmental biology, and link cardiac genomics efforts at SickKids with the stem cell and regenerative medicine communities at the UofT to exploit the heart’s potential for repair. The CERC will bring a research focus on molecular networks in heart development and the molecular processes that drive uncommitted cells towards specific cardiac fates. The CERC will leverage UofT’s outstanding ecosystem to develop and implement testable, translational hypotheses in cell-based heart failure treatments for children and adults, bridging existing strengths in heart research and stem cell biology, and regenerative medicine. The goal of the CERC research program is to inform and enable the design of new cell and regenerative therapies for heart disease.

The CERC's research program will be housed at the SickKids Research Institute in the state-ofthe-art Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning, located in the Discovery District in the heart of downtown Toronto. The position offers a unique environment for medical science discoveries, with nine teaching and research hospitals and the UofT, Canada’s largest university, in close proximity. SickKids is fully affiliated with the UofT, and our researchers benefit from the extensive research facilities of the UofT and other affiliated institutions. The enhanced partnerships led by the CERC will enable seamless bench-to-bedside innovation and lasting socio-economic impact. Translation and commercialization efforts will be supported by MaRS Innovation, and the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine.

Candidate Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a demonstrated track record of increasing research leadership experience and scientific expertise in, stem cell biology, tissue engineering, cardiac development or heart repair and regeneration, and will have a PhD and/or MD degree, or equivalent.
  • Have a strong interest in translating regenerative medicine applications in heart disease, especially childhood-onset disease.
  • Have demonstrated a strong record of publications in internationally recognized scientific journals and success in obtaining funding from public and private sources.
  • Have demonstrated capacity to create, inspire and coordinate teams in which members are from different backgrounds and areas of expertise.
  • Possess the skills to promote a shared vision that will engage and motivate collaborators and stakeholders in support of the program.
  • Possess a demonstrable ability to work well with internal management and external partners and potential stakeholders, including funding agencies, charities, patient advocacy groups, private companies and the public. Competency in these skills will be one of the major criterions for judging candidates.
  • Be expected to contribute to strong and innovative training in cardiac regenerative medicine at SickKids and UofT. Candidates will be expected to possess the skills needed to recruit, teach, supervise and mentor a diverse group of researchers and trainees, reflecting SickKids’ and UofT’s commitments to equity and diversity as described below.
  • To practice as an MD, the successful candidate will need 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 successful candidate is expected to qualify for an appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level in an appropriate department at the UofT, with the expectation that they be promoted to Full Professor within one or two years of the nomination. Alternatively, if the successful candidate comes from outside the academic sector, they must possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at these levels. The successful candidate will be appointed as a Senior Scientist in the SickKids Research Institute.

The CERC Chair is a seven-year appointment. At the end of this term, the successful candidate will be eligible to maintain their SickKids scientific appointment as a senior scientist, as well as their UofT academic appointment.

Commitment to Equity and Diversity

SickKids and the UofT are strongly committed to diversity within their communities and especially welcome applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. If requested, SickKids is proud to make available accommodations to support applicants with disabilities during the interview and assessment process.

Our ideal candidate will contribute to the SickKids commitment to equity and diversity. The CERC will be expected to participate in the advancement of EDI within the CERC team, especially in the recruitment and retention of trainees and outreach activities, employing organization best practices.

The SickKids Research Institute is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Process

Interested applicants should e-mail their application (curriculum vitae, research plan, leadership experience, and vision for the program) preferably in PDF format, to Dr. Michael Salter, Chief of Research, at by the close of the search on June 30, 2018. The search committee will interview applicants beginning in July through to the first week of September with a potential start date in Summer/Fall 2019. As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a brief voluntary diversity survey. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by either the search committee or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. CERC guidelines state that researchers who are currently at a Canadian institution are eligible as candidates if there is demonstrable “net benefit to the country in moving the researcher from one Canadian institution to another.”

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