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Canada Research Chair – Tier 2 in Evaluative Clinical Sciences

Posted: May 3, 2023 (three positions)

The Evaluative Clinical Sciences Platform at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC), Tier 2. Applicants must be Full, Associate or Affiliate Scientists in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences platform at SRI with an active research program. Preference will be given to candidates working to address research aligned with the main research themes in Evaluative Clinical Sciences at SRI, the pillars of SRI’s Strategic Plan (2022-2026), and Integrated & Sustainable Models as outlined in the Sunnybrook Strategic Plan (2021-2025).

Equity targeted eligibility:

In order to address the underrepresentation of groups who experience systemic barriers in the CRC Program (as identified by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat1), this special call is open only to individuals who self-identify as women, as defined by the Employment Equity Act, or as trans, non-binary or Two-Spirit, or as persons with disabilities. This initiative follows the provisions for special programs as described by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The identification of outstanding candidates from these designated groups supports the University and Faculty commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and our public mission for the pursuit of excellence and equity, as well as the institutional capacity to fulfill the objectives of the University’s Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

Requirements for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair:

Tier 2 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.

SRI is currently inviting applications for three equity targeted Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs nominations. Specifically, as a key feature of the CRC EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) Action Plan is the establishment of representation targets for federally designated groups (FDGs) that must be met by 2029 (Women – 50.9%; Racialized Minorities – 22%; Persons with Disabilities – 7.5%; Indigenous Peoples – 4.9%), these focused calls are targeted to close gaps identified in the designated groups: women, gender minorities, and persons with disabilities. Applications for all three positions will be adjudicated by the same selection committee.

For further information on these federally endowed chairs, open to all nationalities, including eligibility criteria, please consult the Canada Research Chairs website or Penina Jacobson-Brown, Programs and Equity Officer, SRI Strategic Research Programs Office. Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing nominees with the support required to secure the CRC.

How to apply:

Applications should include the following:

  1. A three-page letter of interest which should
    1. Describe the applicant’s research program;
    2. Briefly address the candidate’s fit with the CRC criteria for a Tier 2;
    3. Outline the candidate’s alignment with the University of Toronto Strategic Research Plan, Sunnybrook’s Strategic Plan and SRI’s Strategic Plan (2022-2026);
    4. Describe the current and future support for research and protection of time allocation from the applicant’s clinical department and program.
  2. A complete curriculum vitae (CV) including professional services, outreach, mentoring and training of highly qualified personnel and other contributions appropriate to the specific CRC position. Although not required, the use/style of the University of Toronto CV template is encouraged.
  3. One page list of the five most significant research contributions that you have made during your career and an explanation of their significance.
  4. Research metrics. Please provide in a separate document, answers to the below, a) to i).
    1. H-index by Scopus
    2. Total number of indexed peer-reviewed publications
    3. Total number of non-peer-reviewed (grey literature) publications
    4. Total number of citations
    5. Total amount peer-reviewed grant funding as PI/co-I (CAD$)
    6. Total amount peer-reviewed grant funding as PI/co-I or co-applicant (CAD$)
    7. Total current and past PhD students supervised
    8. Total current and past Master’s students supervised
    9. Total current and past students/trainees/residents/fellows supervised in research projects

      If you have questions on 4), please contact Penina Jacobson Brown

  5. A completed self-identification form. Submission of this form is mandatory with your application. If you prefer not to provide the requested information, you may select “I prefer not to answer" for any or all the questions. Please note that while this form is mandatory for submission to determine eligibility, the information contained will not be forwarded to the review committee.

All materials, including the completed self-identification form, should be submitted to by June 2, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Complete applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Selection process and criteria:

The selection committee will be chaired by Dr. Natalie Coburn, and will evaluate applicants based on the application packages provided. For more detailed information on the internal selection process and criteria with respect to CRC chairs, please consult the SRI guidelines for the selection, nomination and administration 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 due to COVID or medical, parental or other leaves in their cover letters or CVs 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.

For more information about CRC opportunities at SRI, please contact Penina Jacobson Brown. For further information on these federally endowed chairs, including eligibility criteria, please consult the Canada Research Chairs Program. Sunnybrook Research Institute is committed to providing nominees with all the support required to secure the CRC.

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 and gender minorities, members of racialized communities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, 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. 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 Penina Jacobson-Brown, the Equity Officer in SRI’s 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. 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. Data will be used to promote SRI’s commitment to achieving fair representation and equitable distribution of research resources.

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 and your request will be forwarded to Human Resources.

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

1 The Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat currently uses the categories of the four-designated groups (FDGs) – Women, Members of Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Indigenous Peoples – to monitor progress towards meeting equity goals.