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August 16, 2019

Internal Selection for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in the Physical Sciences Platform (one position)

The Physical Sciences Platform at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) invites applicants to be nominated for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair position in Physical Sciences. Applicants must be a full-time Senior Scientist in the Physical Sciences Platform of SRI.

Position: The position is open to Senior Scientists in the Physical Sciences Platform pursuing research that furthers one or more of Sunnybrook’s strategic directions, found here.

Requirements for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair: Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) are for outstanding established scholars. To meet the criteria of the program, nominees must: be outstanding and innovative world-class researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields; be recognized internationally as leaders in their fields; have superior records of attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (taking into account different practices in the relevant field or discipline) and, as chairholders, be expected to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and be proposing an original, innovative research program of the highest quality.

For more information about CRC opportunities at SRI, please contact Kevin Hamilton, director of strategic research programs, at

For further information on these federally endowed chairs, open to all nationalities, including eligibility criteria, please consult the Canada Research Chairs website. Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing nominees with the support required to secure the CRC.

How To Apply:

Applications should include:

1) a 6-page letter of interest . The letter should briefly address the elements of CRC nomination form, in particular describing A) the quality of the applicant and fit with the CRC criteria for a Tier 1; B) the applicant’s proposed research program for this CRC; and C) candidate’s alignment with both the University strategic research plan (found here) and Sunnybrook’s strategic directions (found here);

2) a complete curriculum vitae including professional services, outreach, mentoring / training of highly qualified personnel and other contributions appropriate to the specific CRC position; and

3) a completed self-identification form found here (see note below about the collection of equity data*).

All materials, including the complete self-identification form, should be submitted to by Monday, September 16, 2019. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Note: the intention is to submit a nomination to the CRCP in October 2019, so the selected applicant must be prepared to devote significant time in late September to preparing the nomination package.

Selection Process and Criteria: The selection committee will be chaired by Dr. Kullervo Hynynen, Platform director, and will evaluate applicants based on the application packages provided. For more detailed information on the internal selection process and criteria, please consult SRI’s guidelines for the internal recruitment and nomination of CRCs.

Career Interruptions: Sunnybrook Research Institute recognizes that scientists have varying career paths and understands the impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. Candidates are encouraged to explain any interruptions in order to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of, career interruptions in their assessments.

Diversity Statement: Sunnybrook Research Institute is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: women, visible minorities or persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, people from all genders, religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

*Collection of Equity Data: As part of this CRC application, applicants are required to complete a brief self-identification form found here. The form allows individuals to opt out of a specific response, but the form must be completed. Information directly related to individuals is held in confidence by the strategic research programs office and will be not accessed by the selection committee and other member of SRI staff, or potential external reviewers.

The self-identification information will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes as part of SRI’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative, and categories with fewer than three responses will not be reported.

The form is part of the application and SRI strongly encourages applicants to self-identify, as aggregated information is important to our ability to respond to university equity targets set by the Canada Research Chairs Program and thereby maintain funding from this important program. If the form is not completed and submitted the application will be deemed incomplete.

Accommodation Policy: Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter or contact Kevin Hamilton, director of strategic research programs, at