Associate/Full Professor - Staff Scientist and Director, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (LKSKI)

Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
12 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Date Posted: 11/11/2020
Closing Date: 12/30/2020, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 1831
Job Category: Faculty - Clinical
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Medicine
Department: Dept of Surgery
Hospital Affiliation: Unity Health Toronto - St. Michael's
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


Applications for a Staff Scientist and Director, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (LKSKI) at St. Michael Hospital-Unity Health Toronto with a cross appointment to the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto are being sought. This is a full-time appointment for a 5 -year term (renewable). The tentative start date is January 1, 2021, or at a subsequent mutually agreeable date.

The Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute runs clinical trials, and specializes in research on health services and policy, population health, global health, and knowledge translation. With over 180 scientists, the LKSKI’s focus is on conducting research and disseminating knowledge that is relevant for Canadian health care system and important to our patients. More information about the LKSKI is available here.

The successful candidate will be a recognized clinician-scientist or scientist who is expected to establish and lead an innovative, competitive and independently-funded, internationally recognized, research program relevant to the priorities of the LKSKI which include health services, population health and knowledge translation. The successful candidate will spend approximately 75% of their time per week as a Scientist. Preferred candidates will have a record of excellence in scholarly research and training, including research funding, peer-reviewed publications, program development, collaborations with national and international organizations, and a strong commitment to supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and research staff.

The successful candidate will also spend approximately 25% of their time per week as Director of the LKSKI.  The Director will lead the LKSKI to foster innovative, impactful and transformative science that aligns with the priorities, missions and values of Unity Health Toronto. The candidate will lead the development of an aspirational vision of the future research direction, goals and priorities of the LKSKI and Unity Health Toronto, and ensure alignment with the Unity Health mission and strategic priorities. In addition, they will represent and advocate for the LKSKI scientists, staff and trainees’ interests at the Research Leadership table and within Unity Health Toronto, the University of Toronto, the Hospital Foundations, and externally. Finally, they will promote equity, diversity and inclusion principles across all areas of the research institute, including but not limited to hiring, promotions, retention, distribution of institutional support, and providing an anti-racist place of work.

The candidate must have a PhD, or MD and be eligible to hold a full-time clinical academic appointment or a Status Only (PhD Scientist) appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. They must have over 10 years of experience leading an independent and internationally recognized research program and a demonstrated record of accomplishment of securing high profile research funding (including peer reviewed and international grants). A demonstrated ability to lead, establish and foster collaborations with other clinical and/or dry bench scientists is required and the successful candidate must possess excellent communication skills and be proficient in English.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (Web CV or Common CV), a letter of intent (3 pages maximum) including research accomplishments and future plans, training activities, academic prominence, and demonstrated excellence in leadership.

Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will be eligible for a benefits package which includes medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, group insurance, pension plan, vision care, and may be eligible for a relocation package and/or start-up fund as well space may be provided. The successful candidate will receive extra responsibility pay pertaining to the role of Director of the LKSKI as well as administrative support.

Submissions to the Selection Committee must be sent electronically by December 30, 2020 to: 

Dr. Ori Rotstein, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Unity Health Toronto at and copied to Elizabeth Huggins

For more information about this specific opportunity and/or if you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact Dr. Ori Rotstein.

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Unity Health 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.

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

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto 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.

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

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

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