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Posting closed: Canada Research Chair – Tier 2 in Biological Sciences of Sunnybrook Research Institute (2 positions)

Posted on: July 7, 2021

The Biological Sciences Platform at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) invites applications to be nominated for a Canada Research Chair (CRC), Tier 2. Applicants must be full-time scientists at SRI with an active research program in advanced cell biology. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated expertise in working with primary cells, functional genetics and/or omics approaches to address biological problems aligned with the main research themes in Biological Sciences at SRI including cancer, immunology, neuroscience, and regenerative medicine.

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 (exceptions are applicable). 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.


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.

Equity targeted hire:

In line with the CRC guidelines, Sunnybrook SRI has indicated one of the two CRC Tier 2 positions will be an EDI targeted position. In order to maintain transparency, one of the two positions will be filled with an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion candidate. This candidate will be a representative of the following 4 FDG (Federally Designated Groups- Women, Visible Minorities, Visible and Invisible Disability and Indigenous Groups).

For more information about CRC opportunities at SRI, please contact Negeen Pak in the strategic research programs office.

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 of no more than three pages. The letter should briefly describe the applicant’s proposed research program, leadership experience, fit with the CRC criteria for a Tier 2 chair and alignment with the foci of the Biological Sciences Platform, the University of Toronto strategic research plan and Sunnybrook’s strategic directions;
  2. A complete curriculum vitae including, previous training, publications, presentations, previous and applied for funding, professional services, outreach, and mentoring/ training of highly qualified personnel
  3. A completed self-identification form (see note below).

Applicants should email the letter of interest, curriculum vitae, self-identification form and the names of three references to by August 6, 2021.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection process and criteria

The selection committee will be chaired by Dr. David Andrews, and will evaluate applicants based on the application packages provided. For more detailed information on the internal selection process and criteria for CRC chairs, please consult SRI’s 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 to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committee members have been instructed to consider, 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 colours, Indigenous peoples, people from all genders, religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ 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. 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 members 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 comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter. Please also contact accessibility.