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Posting closed: Director, Evaluative Clinical Sciences Platform and Canada Research Chair – Tier 1 and Senior Scientist in Evaluative Clinical Science

Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) is seeking applications for the position of Director, Evaluative Clinical Sciences Platform. Applicants must hold a MD/PhD in a relevant field and hold an appointment of Senior Scientist on the Evaluative Clinical Sciences Platform at SRI and as an Associate / Full Professor at the University of Toronto. We will nominate the selected candidate for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC). To fill this leadership role, we are seeking an outstanding, internationally renowned researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their field and who is proposing to extend their work through an original, innovative research program of the highest quality at SRI. The successful candidate will have a track record of leadership with administrative experience and have a vision towards leading and growing the Evaluative Clinical Sciences Platform and strengthening collaborations with Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and the Hospital. The Director will be expected to lead large, collaborative, cutting edge research endeavours that will yield scientific discoveries, clinical translation, commercialization and improved outcomes for patients.

The current Strategic Plan (2018-21) of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre aims to ensure that we can continue to achieve our vision of inventing the future of health care, and provide care for our patients and their families when it matters most. Our four Strategic Directions are focused on creating high performing teams that can develop personalized and precise treatments, integrated and sustainable models of care, and improve quality and create a better care experience.


Reporting to the Vice-President of Research and Innovation, the Director will be responsible for the following: operations of the platform; strategic planning; recruitment; annual activities of research faculty; fiscal planning and accountability; and ensuring the integration of platform-based research with the strategic clinical directions of the hospital. The Director position will be initially awarded for a 5-year term, renewable once following successful performance review. The CRC is awarded for a 7-year term, renewable for a second 7-year term, contingent on a successful performance review.

Requirements for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair

Tier 1 CRCs 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 a Chairholder, be expected to attract, develop and retain a diverse group of excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and propose an original, innovative research program of the highest quality. For further information on the federally endowed CRCs, 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 a CRC. For more information about the CRC program at SRI, please contact Negeen Pak - Research Programs and Equity Officer, at or visit SRI’s CRC website.

How to apply

Applications should include:

  1. A letter of interest of no more than 3 pages. The letter should briefly describe the applicant’s proposed research program, leadership experience, fit with the CRC criteria for a Tier 1 chair and alignment with the foci of the Evaluative Clinical Sciences Platform, the University of Toronto’s strategic research plan and Sunnybrook’s strategic directions;
  2. A complete curriculum vitae including professional services, outreach, mentoring/training of highly qualified personnel and other contributions appropriate to the specific CRC vacancy; and
  3. A completed self-identification form found here (see note below).

Applicants should email the letter of interest, curriculum vitae, self-identification form and the names of three references to by October 12, 2021. Applications are requested by October 12, 2021, but will be received until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection process and criteria

The selection committee will be chaired by Dr. Kullervo Hynynen, 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 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 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 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 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 business development and analytics 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 are in compliance 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 and contact

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

Job information:

Position title: Director, Evaluative Clinical Sciences Platform
NOC code and title:
Number of positions: 1
Education requirements: Doctoral/MD/PhD
Language requirements: Verbal: english, written: english