Director and Professor, Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
November 13 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type


Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

University of Toronto

Applications are invited for position of Director of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (Donnelly Centre), Temerty Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Toronto. The successful candidate must be eligible for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Professor. The appointment as Director will be for a 5-year term effective January 1, 2022, renewable following a favourable review.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a life science or a relevant field. They must demonstrate an exceptional record of excellence in research, teaching, and leadership. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen the Donnelly Centre’s existing strengths. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain a competitive externally-funded research program. Candidates must also have demonstrated excellence in teaching in a degree-granting program at graduate and undergraduate levels and have significant experience as an effective mentor.

In addition to the submitted research statement and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing, the successful candidate must show excellence in research and be an internationally-recognized scholar as evidenced by a record of sustained high-impact publications in leading internationally-recognized journals, presentations and leadership at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades for research activity, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline.

Along with the teaching materials submitted that include a statement of teaching philosophy and strong letters of reference, the successful candidate must show evidence of excellence in teaching as demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, successful experience teaching in a degree-granting program, and providing mentorship and professional development to undergraduate and graduate students.

Candidates must bring a vision for innovative research and education to build upon the future of interdisciplinary biomedicine. They must bring a clear vision and demonstrated ability to take the Donnelly Centre to a new level of recognition and academic achievement. They will have a record of accomplishment in collaborative leadership so as to facilitate engagement with scholars in various health science disciplines across the campuses of the university and affiliated hospitals, and health organizations, as well as to cultivate strategic partnerships with stakeholders in corporate sectors, government ministries, and funding sources. The candidate will be deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Previous experience managing the financial, budgetary, and human resources aspect of a large department or unit would be an asset. Required are strong communication and interpersonal skills and a creative approach to problem-solving. The candidate will have oversight over the promotion and implementation of strategic priorities, recruitment, development and retention of faculty, and education and research programs in a large geographically-dispersed centre.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The latest Times Higher Education ranks the University of Toronto among the top 10 universities in the world for health sciences. Spanning the basic, clinical, and rehabilitation sciences, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals and research institutes form one of the largest research enterprises in North America. The Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) is one of the top five clusters of academic medicine in North America.

The Donnelly Centre is a state-of-the art inter-faculty research institution for life science and a leader in systems biology and functional genomics. Its fundamental mandate is to stimulate collaborations and interdisciplinary projects focused on developing new methodological and computational approaches to solving the most challenging problems in life science. Research at the Donnelly Centre encompasses leading areas of biomedical research defined broadly by the platforms of integrative biology, bioengineering and functional imaging, and models of disease. It is among the most active research institutes in Canada, with a combined research budget of ~$40 million per year among the 29 tenured and tenure stream faculty currently from the Faculties of MedicineApplied Science & Engineering, and Arts & Science. The Donnelly houses ~300 graduate and undergraduate students, ~80 postdoctoral fellows, and ~130 staff, including research technicians and PhD-level research associates. 

Interested individuals must apply here. Applications must include a letter of interest with evidence of successful leadership experience, a current CV, a research statement, and teaching materials that include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

Applicants must arrange for three confidential letters of reference—on letterhead, signed, and dated—to be sent directly by the referee to by the closing date. PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters. 

Submission guidelines can be found at

The closing date for this position is Monday January 11, 2021.

For detailed information on the Donnelly Centre, visit The Donnelly Centre is located 160 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3E1, CANADA.

If you have questions about this position, contact Anastasia Meletopoulos, Academic Affairs Manager, Temerty Faculty of Medicine at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


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