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Research Programs

Faculty Positions Available

Scientist, Health Data
Genetics & Genome Biology, Child Health Evaluative Studies, Translational Medicine

The SickKids Research Institute is seeking an outstanding computational scientist, who is committed to developing and applying advanced methods to human health data.

The candidate must have a PhD or MD/PhD, as well as significant postdoctoral research experience that has produced a record of outstanding scientific accomplishments in health data science. The candidate is expected to lead an externally funded research program that will apply machine learning to electronic health data, building scalable predictive models for human health and disease. The successful candidate should have a strong track record of productivity and innovation in both methods development and application as well as an established record of collaboration and interdisciplinary research. Collegial interaction is an important element in success, as well as a desire to advance SickKids' Research Institute's and Hospital's mission to improve child health.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a Scientist in one of the Research Institute Programs (Genetics & Genome Biology, Child Health and Evaluative Sciences or Translational Medicine) with the opportunity to integrate with Artificial Intelligence in Medicine for Kids (AIM) at SickKids, an interdisciplinary team that aims to provide an integrated platform for clinicians and researchers to use AI and data science methods to improve health outcomes and delivery of care to children. The candidate is expected to qualify for an academic cross-appointment as an Assistant Professor in an appropriate department at the University of Toronto, requiring the successful candidate to supervise and mentor students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates. Joint appointments may also be held at The Vector Institute for artificial intelligence. Alternatively, if the successful candidate comes from outside the academic sector, they must possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at these levels. To practice as an MD, the successful candidate must obtain an appropriate Certificate of Registration from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (license to practice), and appropriate Visa (if applicable), by the job start date.

The successful candidates' research program will be housed at the SickKids Research Institute in the state-of-the-art Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning (686 Bay Street, Toronto, Canada), located in the Discovery District in the heart of downtown Toronto. The position offers a unique environment for medical science discoveries, with nine teaching and research hospitals and the University of Toronto (UofT), Canada’s largest university, in close proximity. SickKids is fully affiliated with the UofT, and our researchers benefit from the extensive research facilities at the UofT and other affiliated institutions.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A competitive benefits package is being offered along with support for relocation. Exceptional, appropriately qualified candidates may be nominated for a Canada Research Chair. For further information on federally endowed chairs, open to all nationalities, including eligibility criteria, please consult the Canada Research Chairs website.

The Hospital for Sick Children 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 to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Search committee members give careful consideration and are 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 Snr Manager, Research Operations (natalia.kaniuk@sickkids) of your accessibility needs during the recruitment process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

Application Process
Applicants should e-mail their application (curriculum vitae, description of past research, research plan [3-5 pages], and copies of three representative publications) preferably in PDF format, to healthdata.search@sickkids.ca by the close of the search on December 31, 2019. Applicants should also arrange to have three signed letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the Search Committee at healthdata.search@sickkids.ca, indicating the applicant’s name in the subject line, also by the close of the search. The search committee will interview applicants beginning in January 2020 with a potential start date in Summer 2020. As part of your 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.