Scientist/Senior Scientist

Toronto (City), Ontario
Competitive salary, benefits
May 31 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Research Institute
The Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto


The Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is seeking an outstanding Scientist/Senior Scientist, who is committed to developing and applying machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and computational approaches to imaging science from cells to organs, in order to address fundamental questions regarding pediatric health and disease.  The position is permanent full-time and will include an accompanying appointment in a relevant department at The University of Toronto (UofT), including but not limited to Computer Science or Medical Biophysics.  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.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D or equivalent in a relevant discipline, as well as significant research experience (i.e., at least 3 years postdoctoral) and a record of outstanding scientific accomplishment and technical innovation in imaging science.  Applicants 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.  Applicants should have a strong track record of productivity and innovation in methods development and application, as well as an established record of collaboration and interdisciplinary research.  Researchers with expertise in developing new cutting-edge technologies, including developing novel algorithms and machine learning models and frameworks are encouraged to apply.


Depending on career stage, the successful candidate will be appointed as a Scientist or Senior Scientist in the SickKids Research Institute, and are expected to qualify for an academic cross-appointment as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in an appropriate department at the University of Toronto and this will require the successful candidate to: (a) Directly supervise students, postdoctoral fellows, and research associates; and (b) Work with students/post-docs to prepare scientific manuscripts, grant applications, drafts of patent applications.  Wherein a practicing MD, the successful candidate will have obtained an appropriate Certificate of Registration from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (license to practice), and appropriate VISA, if applicable. They will engage in an original, competitive, and independently funded research program of international caliber that will investigate questions related to the structure and function of cells, tissue, or organs in the context of child health and disease by developing and applying advanced computational and AI methods relevant to different imaging modalities.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A competitive benefits package is being offered along with support for relocation expenses. Exceptional, appropriately qualified candidates may be nominated for a Canada Research Chair. For further information see:


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), located in the Discovery District in the heart of downtown Toronto.  SickKids is fully affiliated with the UofT - Canada’s largest and top-ranked university, and our researchers benefit from the extensive research facilities at the UofT and other affiliated institutions. The position offers a unique environment for medical science discoveries, with nine teaching and research hospitals in close proximity. The position offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most vibrant, safe and diverse cities of the world.


The Hospital for Sick Children recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions due to personal circumstances can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to explain any personal circumstances to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Search committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration and be sensitive, to the impact of career interruptions in their assessments.


Our Commitment to Diversity


SickKids and the University of Toronto are strongly committed to diversity within its communities and especially welcomes applications from individuals who identify as racialized persons, women, indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 


Informed by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Ontario Human Rights Code, and our Access and Accommodation Policy, SickKids is proud to make available accommodations to support applicants during the interview and assessment process, if requested.


Please advise the SickKids Research Institute Faculty Office at of your accessibility needs during the recruitment process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.


Application Process
Interested applicants should email their application (curriculum vitae, description of past research, research plan [3-5 pages], three reference letters and copies of three representative publications) preferably in a single PDF file, to Dr. Donald Mabbott, Program Head Neurosciences & Mental Health Research Program at by the close of the search on  June 30, 2021. The search committee will interview applicants beginning in September 2021 until the position is filled, with a potential start date in Winter/Spring of 2022.  As part of your application process, you will be asked to complete a brief voluntary self-identification 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. The self-identification information is collected, used, disclosed, retained and disposed of in accordance with the Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act. 


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


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