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Assistant Professor – Immunology

Posting Details

Job Category

Academic

Position Type

Full-Time

Career Level

Entry Level

STEM Sector

Science


Job Description

The Department of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a full-time, tenure stream position in the area of Immunology. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2023, or shortly thereafter.

As part of the University of Toronto’s implementation of its Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan, the successful candidate in this search MAY BE eligible for nomination for a CRC Tier 2 Chair if they self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups, as defined by the Employment Equity Act (women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous Peoples), or as trans, non-binary, or Two-Spirit.

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. The nominee’s research area must align with the subject matter eligibility of NSERC.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in Immunology or a related area and preferably have post-doctoral experience with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We are seeking exceptional candidates who use innovative approaches to study any area of immunology, including but not limited to adaptive or innate immunity, host-pathogen interactions and infectious diseases, regulation of immune responses, immunodeficiencies, autoimmunity, neuro-immunology, tumour immunology, and development of the immune system.

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our departmental strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence. Research excellence should be demonstrated with a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals as well as forthcoming publications meeting high international standards. Additional evidence of research excellence can include presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, research mentorship, strong endorsements from referees of high standing, and a compelling Research Statement with a clear vision of novel and rigorous future research.

Evidence for the candidate’s excellence in teaching is also required and can be demonstrated with a strong statement of teaching philosophy and other teaching materials submitted as part of the application (as outlined below), as well as strong endorsements from referees. The successful candidate is expected to develop and teach undergraduate courses in immunology and related topics, and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students. They will also undertake undergraduate teaching responsibilities on the University’s Mississauga Campus.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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 more information about the CRC nomination process at the University of Toronto, contact Judith Chadwick, Assistant Vice-President, Research Services, at [email protected]

UTM is one of the three University of Toronto campuses, and the incumbent will also be a member of the tri-campus graduate unit, the Department of Cell & Systems Biology. The incumbent will be affiliated with the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry (CMC), a multi-disciplinary research consortium housed at UTM that will advance drug discovery initiatives in partnership with researchers across the University of Toronto and affiliated research hospitals.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s leading university. The University of Toronto Mississauga and its affiliated institutions offer a stimulating and supportive environment with a variety of facilities and a highly interactive community of researchers. Excellent opportunities exist for collaboration within the Department of Biology, with other departments at UTM, as well as with faculty at the St. George and Scarborough campuses of the University of Toronto. We welcome applications from individuals who could contribute to the growth and excellence of the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry and related research initiatives across the University of Toronto. The CMC will provide over 8,000 m2 of new space for wet-lab research in addition to a small animal facility, with the hope of supporting commercial and academic research initiatives that will connect the University of Toronto and affiliated research hospitals.

At UTM we are committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. With a diverse student body, we especially welcome applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, Black, or racially visible (persons of colour), and who have experience teaching or mentoring diverse groups or students. Candidates must submit a statement describing their contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to) their plans to: foster diversity on campus and within the curriculum or discipline; promote a respectful and collegial environment; incorporate a focus on underrepresented communities in teaching; develop inclusive pedagogies, collaboration, and engagement with underrepresented communities; and mentor students from underrepresented groups. If you have questions about this statement, please contact Prof. Steven Short ([email protected]).

The University 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.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, as well as others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment, and selection processes as accessible as possible, and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected] In addition, the office of Health & Wellbeing Programs and Services assists with providing accommodation to persons with disabilities in the workplace.

The Canada Research Chairs 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 required to complete a brief Diversity Survey, accessed via the online application system. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in any of the groups where applicable. While submission of the survey is required, providing answers to the individual survey questions is voluntary, and applicants can log a response indicating that they decline the survey. For more information, please see http://U of T.me/UP

Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Aggregated and anonymized data regarding the applicant pool will be reported only to the chair of the selection committee, the committee’s equity advisor, and a small number of staff members in the Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, for purposes of program administration and to meet reporting requirements.

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

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 14/12/2022

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit: 1) a cover letter summarizing their research record, research plans, teaching interests and plans, opportunities for synergy with ongoing departmental and institutional research and teaching, and their commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a research statement outlining current and future research interests (2-3 pages); 4) a statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages), as well as sample course materials and teaching evaluations, and 5) an equity and diversity statement as outlined above (1-2 pages).

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect confidential letters of reference from each referee once an application is submitted. Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that referees submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Prof. Steven Short at [email protected]

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by December 14, 2022, 11:59 pm EST.