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Posted on Dec. 20, 2018
Closed on Feb. 28, 2019

Canada Research Chair – Tier 2 in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences Platform of Sunnybrook Research Institute (two positions)

The Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI), the research arm of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada – a research hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto – is currently seeking candidates for two Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs. The areas of research should support the hospital’s focus on Integrated & Sustainable Models of Care, one of Sunnybrook’s four strategic directions. This strategic direction is about Sunnybrook building partnerships with fellow hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care providers to ensure patients do not get lost in the system. The intention of this strategic direction is to create ‘wrap around’ care for patients that ensures consistency in quality and access to services across the system of care.

The two successful candidates will be members of the Evaluative Clinical Sciences Platform of SRI and will also be nominated for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair.

Positions: The two positions are open to scientists and clinician-scientists seeking to pursue independent research that furthers the organization’s strategic direction of Integrated & Sustainable Models of Care through the Evaluative Clinical Sciences Platform of the Sunnybrook Research Institute. Further information on the Sunnybrook strategic plan can be found here. More general information about this Sunnybrook Research can be found here.

Requirements for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair: Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs are for emerging scholars and successful nominees should be within ten years of receiving their highest degree. To meet the criteria, nominees must be excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated research creativity; have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years; have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality.

Exceptions: Applicants who are more than ten years from having earned their highest degree but have experienced career breaks, such as for maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, or other mitigating circumstances may apply to have their eligibility for a Tier 2 chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process.

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 letter of interest. The letter should describe the applicant’s research program, and should also briefly address the candidate’s fit with the CRC criteria for a Tier 2 and outline the candidate’s alignment with both the University strategic research plan (found here) and Sunnybrook’s strategic direction in Integrated & Sustainable Models of Care (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 February 18, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more detailed information on the selection process and criteria, consult SRI’s guidelines for the 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 interruptions in order to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Search committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of, career interruptions in their assessments.

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.

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

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 colours, 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.

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 at