Scientist/Assistant Professor

Toronto (City), Ontario
Competitive salary, benefits
January 08 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist

Scientist / Assistant/Associate Professor


Held jointly between the

Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children


Department of Physiology, University of Toronto

The Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto (UofT) and the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) are accepting applications for a full–time permanent Scientist position, with non-tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor, in the specialty area of neuroscience. The position is available immediately. The Search Committee is seeking an outstanding individual with a proven international track record in any field of neuroscience; applicants with an interest in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply: developmental neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, and neural signaling/dynamics.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline, as well as significant postdoctoral research experience and an established record of research excellence. Candidates are expected to demonstrate evidence of: successful research funding (peer-reviewed grants, fellowships, etc.), publications in leading journals, presentations at significant conferences, and increasing leadership experience in leading a research team. Candidates with expertise in developing new cutting-edge technologies are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will initiate and maintain an original, competitive, and independently funded research program of international caliber, and will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A competitive benefits package is being offered along with support for relocation expenses. Exceptional, appropriately qualified applicants may be nominated for a Canada Research Chair

The successful applicant will be appointed as a Scientist in the SickKids Research Institute, and is expected to qualify for an academic cross-appointment as an Assistant or Associate Professor (status only) in the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto - depending on career stage.

The successful applicant’s research program will be housed at the SickKids Research Institute in the state-of-the-art Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning (686 Bay Street, Toronto, Canada), as well as the Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto (1 King’s College Circle), both 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 in close proximity and affiliated with the University of Toronto - Canada’s largest and top-ranked university. The position offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most vibrant, safe and diverse cities of the world. SickKids is fully affiliated with the UofT, and our researchers benefit from the extensive research facilities of the UofT and other affiliated institutions.

The SickKids Research Institute is Canada’s largest, hospital-based child health research institute. Our commitment is to improve the health of children, here in Canada and in the global community. One of seven research programs, the Neurosciences & Mental Health research program aims to uncover the mechanisms regulating development and plasticity of complex neural systems in animal models and humans by applying a wide spectrum of approaches including molecular genetics, electrophysiology, behavior, cognition and neuroimaging. The ultimate goal is to translate discoveries to innovative solutions for mitigating and curing brain diseases in children. For more information about the Neurosciences & Mental Health research program, please visit the home page

The University of Toronto’s Department of Physiology has a long and illustrious past in research and education including the discovery of insulin, and the Department awarded the first Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 1897.  Neuroscience has been a major theme of the Department since 1981 with the appointment of Professor Harold Attwood and with multiple former Chairs with a focus in the area, including Professors John MacDonald and Graham Collingridge.  Today, the Department has an outstanding complement of committed and successful Faculty, who together create a tremendous environment for scholarship.  The successful applicant's work will be expected to complement the Department‘s existing strengths. For more information about the Department of Physiology, please visit the home page at  Queries can also be sent to Dr. Scott Heximer, Chair, Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, at

Our Commitment to Diversity

SickKids and the University of Toronto are strongly committed to diversity within its communities and especially welcomes 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.

Application Process

Interested applicants should e-mail their application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and email addresses of three suitable referees, a statement outlining current and future research interests) preferably in PDF format, to Dr. Donald Mabbott, Program Head, Neurosciences & Mental Health research program at by the close of the search on March 30, 2021. The Search Committee will interview applicants beginning in May through to early June with a potential start date in 2021/2022. As part of your 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.