Scientist - Fetal Physiology


SickKids Research Institute, Toronto
Closing date: 
31 January 2019
Co--Chairs, Fetal Physiology Search Committee

Fetal Physiology SickKids Research Institute Toronto, Ontario

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute seeks an outstanding scientist focused on fetal physiology. SickKids is a world-renowned Children’s Hospital with seven fully integrated research programs (, with this permanent position residing in the Translational Medicine program. The appointee will be located in the state-of-the-art Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning (686 Bay Street, Toronto, Canada) located in the Discovery District of downtown Toronto. The position offers a unique environment for medical science discoveries in close proximity to nine teaching and research hospitals and Canada’s largest university.

The successful candidate is expected to establish a world--leading research program in the area of fetal physiology. Investigators with an interest in cardiac development and cardiovascular physiology are strongly encouraged to consider applying to this position, which will be supported by an Innovator Award from the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.  Applicants with experience with large animal models will be particularly suited to collaborating on translational research projects with SickKids and Mount Sinai based clinician investigators working in cardiology, neurosurgery and maternal fetal medicine in the newly formed Ontario Fetal Center.

Candidates must have a PhD, significant postdoctoral experience and a record of scientific accomplishments in the aforementioned research areas. The successful candidate will initiate and maintain an original, competitive, and independently funded research program of international calibre and will be expected to teach at the undergraduate levels. Potential for collegial interaction will be an important element in attaining the position. The successful candidate will benefit from the extensive research and core facilities of SickKids, the University of Toronto and its affiliated institutions.   Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience within the range of $125K - $225K CAD.  A competitive benefits package is being offered along with support for relocation expenses. 

The successful candidate will be appointed as a Scientist in the Research Institute and is expected to qualify for an academic cross-appointment at the appropriate level in an academic department at the University of Toronto. 

Exceptional, appropriately qualified candidates may be nominated for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair or a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, as is appropriate to the candidate’s career stage Tier 1 Chairs are outstanding established scholars acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. Tier 2 Chairs are exceptional emerging scholars acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their fields. A Tier 2 Chair nominee 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. For further information on these federally endowed chairs, open to all nationalities, including eligibility criteria, please consult the Canada Research Chairs website.

SickKids recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions due to personal circumstances can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to explain any personal circumstances in order to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Search committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration, and be sensitive to, the impact of career interruptions in their assessments.

Our Commitment to Diversity 

SickKids is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. If requested, SickKids is proud to make available accommodations to support applicants with disabilities during the interview and assessment process.  Informed by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Ontario Human Rights Code, and our Access and Accommodation Policy, we will accommodate the needs of applicants. Please advise Laurel Brown
( of your accessibility needs during the recruitment process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. 

Application Process 
Interested applicants should e--mail their application (cover letter, curriculum vitae including names and email addresses of three suitable referees, a statement outlining current and future research interests, maximum 4 pages total, and copies of three representative publications) preferably in PDF format, to Co--Chairs, Fetal Physiology Search Committee at by the close of the search on January 31, 2019. The search committee will interview applicants beginning in early 2019 through to Spring 2019, with a potential start date in Summer or Fall 2019. 

SickKids believes that diversity positively impacts science and is essential to sustain our vibrant world-leading research community. As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a brief voluntary diversity survey. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by either the search committee or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Only those applicants selected for the interview will be contacted.

Applicants may direct any informal inquiries to: 

Co--Chairs, Fetal Physiology Search Committee 
SickKids Research Institute -- The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning
686 Bay Street, Room 9.9709
Toronto, Ontario 
Canada   M5G 0A4 

Initial job ad posting date: 26-11-2018