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Research Institute Director

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The University Health Network (UHN) is Canada’s largest research hospital comprising four academic hospitals (Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehab), an education institute (Michener Institute), and seven research Institutes (Krembil Research Institute, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, McEwen Stem Cell Institute, KITE, The Institute for Education Research, and Techna Institute). UHN is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. Research at UHN is supported in part by the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and the UHN Foundation. The scope of research and complexity of clinical cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research at UHN is a result of the dedicated efforts of its almost 5,000 researchers, staff and trainees operating in 1.027 million square feet of research space across the UHN campus in the Discovery District of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. UHN is ranked first in Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals list (Research InfoSource Inc.) and has held this position since the list’s inception in 2011; UHN’s research spending totaled $490 million in FY2020.

The Krembil Research Institute (Krembil), formerly the Toronto Western Research Institute, is the research arm of the Toronto Western Hospital at the University Health Network (UHN). This Institute houses world-class research programs aimed at driving discovery and patient impact in brain and spine disorders, bone and joint disorders, and eye disorders. Within Krembil, its investigators reside within three institutes: the Krembil Brain Institute, The Schroeder Arthritis Institute, and the Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute depending on the focus of their research. Krembil’s 197 principal investigators, 239 research trainees and 284 research staff conduct their research in over 132,000 square feet of dedicated state-of-the-art research space at the Krembil Discovery Tower and Toronto Western Hospital.

The ideal candidate for this position is an outstanding biomedical researcher with a strong track record of scientific accomplishment in neurosciences, vision and/or arthritis research. This individual must be fully committed to fostering the full spectrum of research at Krembil. Strong evidence of scientific and administrative leadership in a large research environment is essential. The successful candidate will hold an advanced degree (PhD and/or MD) and will be eligible for an academic appointment at the University of Toronto as Associate or Full Professor. Qualified candidates will also be eligible for a clinical appointment in a relevant department at UHN. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with the ability to promote and build research excellence and the international reputation of the Institute. They will be responsible for promoting a strong culture of innovation, commercialization and translation of research discoveries to patient impact. This individual will be committed to driving innovation at Krembil by fostering integration with other research institutes at UHN and external research partners, including the University of Toronto and the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.

Within the Institute, the Krembil Director is responsible for developing strategic priorities in alignment with UHN’s hospital and research strategic plans and works closely with other senior leaders internal and external to the hospital to translate these plans into reality. The Krembil Director is committed to promoting principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and is a leader in building these into the Krembil culture. This individual has important administrative accountability in the implementation of standards for appointments and promotions, allocation of space and other resources, and development of key infrastructure that enables basic, translational, and clinical research across the three institutes at Krembil. The Krembil Director holds overall budget accountability for the Institute and works closely with the UHN Foundation, donors, and the community to raise the funds needed to support the growth and sustainability of the Institute. This individual will also have a wider role in research at UHN through their participation on the hospital’s Research Council Executive and works closely with hospital and research leadership on the larger research vision and the collective impact of research across UHN. This individual reports directly to the Executive Vice President, Science and Research at UHN.

Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste and attach with a full CV and a statement of interest outlining (i) your proposed vision for leading a research institute like Krembil, (ii) why you are interested in this role, and (iii) what attributes make you an ideal candidate for this role. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: May 12, 2022 Closing Date: June 9, 2022

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 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 need to make their requirements known when contacted.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 09/06/2022

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