Postdoctoral Positions at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre


The Princess Margaret Research Fellowship provides postdoctoral scientists from around the world an opportunity to build their careers, engage in cutting-edge research and benefit from an environment that fosters equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM) is one of the largest comprehensive cancer facilities in the world located in the heart of the vibrant and diverse city of Toronto, Canada. Through its commitment to research, education and innovation, PM stands on the frontiers of medical and experimental oncology. The scientific excellence of its internationally recognized researchers and cutting-edge research infrastructure rank the PM amongst the top five cancer centres in the world.

The Princess Margaret Research Fellowship is a highly selective opportunity designed to support the most promising incoming postdoctoral scientists to engage in leading-edge cancer research within one of PM’s seven research programs: Cancer Biology and Imaging, Computational Biology and Medicine, Genetics and Epigenetics, Immuno-Oncology, Protein Structure and Function, Stem Cells, and Supportive Care.

The Princess Margaret Research Fellowship recipient will join an active, well-funded team led by one of our leading researchers through a matching process and make groundbreaking discoveries in fundamental, translational, and clinical research. The Princess Margaret Research Fellowship recipient will work collaboratively on multidisciplinary projects that improve the prevention and treatment of cancer in the short or long term.


Eligibility: individuals who will fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree between 1 September 2017 and before 31 August 2021 (inclusively). The window of eligibility can be extended for career interruptions due to family leave, medical leave, non-research clinical training, or other approved extenuating circumstances.


Compensation: Stipend of $60,000 annually for up to three years. Benefits includes the career training program of the Office of Research Trainees, extended medical insurance, dental insurance, maternity benefits (15 weeks), parental benefits (additional 61 weeks), child care program (fee applies), defined-benefit pension plan, and employment insurance.


Application: To be considered for an opportunity to build your career at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, please submit your CV (as PDF), one representative paper (as PDF), and the names and contact information of two references following the instructions to by October 30, 2020.  For additional information and links to the research programs at PM, please visit


Selection: A faculty committee will shortlist applications based on the applicant’s scientific excellence, their alignment with Princess Margaret research programs, and with an aim to correct conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by the four designated groups in Canada’s Employment Equity Act (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities). Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in an interview day in November 2020. Some applicants not selected as Research Fellows may be considered for other open research positions. Up to three Princess Margaret Research Fellowships are to be awarded.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide for the open position.  Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.



Submit your CV (as a PDF), one representative paper (as a PDF), and the names and contact information of two references to by October 30, 2020, 11:59pm Canada/U.S. Eastern Time.




What should be in the CV?

There is no specific requirement for CV formatting or contents. However, we recommend including the following:

1. education and training history

2. publications

    a. include preprints and submitted manuscripts

    b. unless a journal has accepted a publication, do not list the name of the journal

    c. do not include “in preparation” manuscripts or conference abstracts

    d. use an asterisk or other described signifier to indicate equal contributions; do not rearrange author order from what is in the published paper

    e. do not include journal impact factor or other numeric scores for journals

3. oral presentations

4. posters

5. research interests

6. technical skills

7. career interruptions

8. employment history

9. professional activities such as leadership positions, committee positions, etc.


We recommend using Arial or Helvetica of 11 pt font or more with margins of at least 0.75” on all sides.


What is the application process?

An internal committee will review the applications and invite the top ranked candidates to attend a virtual meeting. At this meeting the candidates will present their research to the faculty of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and meet potential supervisors. The presentation will be ~10 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions. There will be subsequent 1:1 meetings with the selection committee and potential supervisors. The candidate can select potential supervisors to meet and faculty can also request to meet with the candidate.


How will the recipient of the postdoctoral awards be decided?

The recipients will be determined by the postdoctoral awards selection committee. The committee will consider the candidate's research accomplishments, presentation, and potential research supervisor. Supervisors at all stages of their career will be equally valued and all scientific disciplines will be considered equally. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are important values in the selection process.


Who selects the research supervisor?

A match will be made by the selection committee that considers the preferences of the fellow and the supervisor. Both the fellow and the supervisor must agree on the match.


How many awards will be provided?

Up to three Princess Margaret Research Fellowships of CDN $60,000 will be provided. However, alternate awards and funding opportunities may also be available.


What is the start date of the award?

The award will start when the individual begins their postdoctoral fellowship at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. The start date is flexible between December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021. However, extensions due to extenuating circumstances will be considered.


Are there citizenship or residency requirements?

This award has no restrictions on citizenship. However, the position is based in Toronto, Canada and the successful applicant must be eligible to work or secure a visa to work in Canada.