Scientist - Faculty Position at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada)

The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute
Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
August 18 2021
Position Type
Full Time
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Models and Mechanisms of Disease

The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute

University of Toronto

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute seeks an outstanding scientist or clinician scientist committed to studying the molecular, genetic and/or cellular mechanisms underlying congenital malformations and disease. The successful applicant will fill a full-time Scientist position at SickKids within one of its seven fully integrated research programs, with academic cross-appointment as an Assistant or Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. The appointee will be located in our 21-storey state-of-the-art research facility in the Discovery District of downtown Toronto, offering a unique environment for medical science discoveries in close proximity toseven additional academic hospitals/research institutes as well as Canada’s largest university.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a research plan in the broad area of human disease modeling, with the intent of understanding cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying congenital malformations and disease states, and in developing therapeutic strategies. Research using the following will also be considered: patient cohorts and/or animal models; cell, stem cell and/or 3D organoid models; cell-based, small molecule and biologic therapeutic development. Applications that focus on musculoskeletal disorders/skeletal dysplasia are welcomed.

Candidates must have a PhD or MD*/PhD, significant postdoctoral experience and a proven record of outstanding scientific accomplishments in aforementioned research areas. The successful candidate will initiate and maintain an original, competitive, and independently-funded research program of international calibre. Potential for collegial interaction will be an important element in attaining the position. The successful candidate will benefit from the interdepartmental molecular genetic and paediatric medicine initiatives at the University of Toronto as well as the extensive research and core facilities at SickKids, the University of Toronto, and its affiliated institutions for cell, tissue and whole animal imaging, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A competitive benefits package is being offered along with support for relocation expenses.Exceptional candidates may also be nominated for a Canada Research Chair

Interested individuals should email their application in PDF format to: Chair, Disease Models Search Committee, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Program, at

The application should include: curriculum vitae; description of past research; research plan (3-5 pages); PDF copies of three representative publications; and an EDI statement. The EDI statement should outline your values related to diversity, experiences working with diverse populations, and future plans related to inclusivity. Three letters of reference (indicating applicant’s name in subject line) should be emailed directly by the referees to the above email address. 

Applicants may direct any informal inquiries to:

Chair, Disease Model Search Committee
SickKids Research Institute - Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning
686 Bay Street, Room 16.9710
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5G 0A4

Applications will be accepted until October 18th, 2021.

*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.

SickKids is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ 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. Informed by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Ontario Human Rights Code, and our Access and Accommodation Policy, we will accommodate the needs of applicants. Please email of your accessibility needs during the recruitment process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

SickKids believes that diversity positively impacts science and is essential to sustain our vibrant world-leading research community. 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.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. Only those applicants selected for the interview will be contacted.