The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at the University Health Network (UHN) is seeking an outstanding scientist with a research program focused on computational cancer biology with a special emphasis on integrative analysis of multimodal high-throughput molecular profiling data. We are seeking to recruit an early career PhD, MD, or MD/PhD scientist. The successful candidate will have an outstanding research track record during their PhD or MD, and post-doctoral training and be expected to develop an independent world-class research program.
Based in the heart of the vibrant and diverse city of Toronto, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is one of the world’s top cancer research institutes. Part of the University Health Network and affiliated with the University of Toronto, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is home to over 300 faculty clinicians and scientists. The Princess Margaret is world-renowned for ground-breaking cancer discoveries in areas including stem cells, genetics and epigenetics, and immune oncology. Seeing over 18,000 new patients per year, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has a vibrant clinical research program evaluating novel therapeutics with deep correlative studies and a basic research program developing cutting-edge technologies to study the multiple facets of carcinogenesis and therapy response. These technologies include single-cell sequencing and molecular profiling of liquid biopsies, enabling the characterization of tumor heterogeneity and evolution at an unprecedented resolution. Princess Margaret is a fully affiliated research hospital of the University of Toronto.
The successful candidate will be part of the rich bioinformatics and computational biology community in Ontario, which comprises a number of world-class institutes, including the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research. As a Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the successful candidate will have access to expertise and resources available within the Data Science Program (www.pmdatascience.ca), the Computational Biology and Medicine Program (www.cbmp.ca), the large-scale computing infrastructure of the HPC4Health (www.hpcforhealth.ca) and the recent SciNet4Health initiatives. As part of the Vector Institute, the candidate will have the freedom to pursue independent machine learning-based research initiatives.
An appropriately qualified individual may also be nominated for one of two available Tier 2 Canada Research Chair vacancies.
Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars. Nominees should be within ten years of receiving their PhD. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process.
Nominees must be excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity; have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years; and be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality.
• At minimum, a PhD is required
• Experience in fostering collaborations between diverse research and clinical groups
• Experience in computational cancer biology
• Expertise in managing and analyzing multi-omics and large data sets
• Track record that demonstrates publishing in high impact peer reviewed journals, obtaining funding from various sources, disseminating research at formal scientific meetings, and participation in the education and supervision of students and trainees
• Demonstrate strong leadership skills
• Effective communication (written and verbal), problem-solving and consensus building skills
• Excellent organization, interpersonal and time management skills
Applications should include:
1) A complete academic curriculum vitae (CV)
2) A two-page research proposal with a focus on cancer precision medicine highlighting the major themes of research to be completed over the next five years, including a statement on long-term translational goals
3) A half-page description on how the applicant will increase equity, diversity and inclusion within the institutional environment and/or in curriculum/research
UHN recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions due to personal circumstances can be part of an excellent academic record. Search committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of, career interruptions in their assessments.
UHN is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with a disability and others who may contribute to diversity within our organization.
For more information about this specific CRC opportunity, please contact Helen Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on the federally endowed Canada Research Chairs Program, open to all nationalities, including eligibility criteria, please consult the Canada Research Chairs website. For questions regarding the CRC nomination process at the University of Toronto and affiliated hospitals, contact Judith Chadwick, Assistant Vice-President, Research Services, at email@example.com, or visit the University of Toronto's CRC web page.
UHN is a respectful, caring and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the bona fide requirements for the open position. Applicants can make their request for accommodations known once they are contacted.
The CRC Program requires institutions to collect self-identification data from all applicants, following the program’s best practices. This data is important to the University’s ability to ensure that researchers from diverse groups are able to benefit from participation in the program. As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. Responses to all survey questions are voluntary and applicants can log a response indicating that they decline the survey. Any information directly related to you is kept strictly confidential and cannot be accessed by the search committee. Aggregated and anonymized data regarding the applicant pool will be reported only to the chair of the selection committee and the committee’s equity advisor for purposes of program administration and to meet reporting requirements. Applications will only be considered complete once the survey is submitted.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
To apply, please visit the UHN Careers website and apply through Posting #867542.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020