University Health Network (UHN), U of T

Scientist in retina and CNS degenerative disease

University Health Network (UHN)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Position: Scientist in retina and CNS degenerative disease

Site: Krembil Research Institute

Department: Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute

Reports to: Director

Status: Permanent Full-time


University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Scientist in Donald K Johnson Eye Institute.

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The Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute at the Krembil Research Institute is seeking an outstanding junior to mid-career investigator to establish an innovative fundamental research program in an area relevant to retina/neural degenerative disease mechanisms. The ideal applicant will have a PhD, postdoctoral experience, and an excellent track record of mechanistic-level research in neuroscience, including publications in top journals. We especially welcome applicants with interests in neural development, stem cells and regenerative medicine. While expertise in retinal biology would be an asset, relevant experience in related CNS diseases will also be considered. Applicants would complement growing strengths within the Institute that include retinal development, axon guidance, retinal repair, neural-glial interactions, spinal cord injury, medicinal chemistry, neurophysiology and inflammatory disease. The DKJ Eye Institute encompasses research, care and therapeutics for eye disease and demonstration of research relevance to this mission would be an asset. The successful applicant will be expected to establish an independent, externally-funded, research program. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will be recommended for an appointment at an appropriate department at the University of Toronto at a level commensurate with their experience.

The Krembil Research Institute is associated with the Toronto Western Hospital, and is one of the largest research institutes in Canada focusing on human neurological diseases from a basic science and clinical research perspective. The University Health Network, Canada’s largest academic hospital-alliance (or network) has a strong interdisciplinary research program in vision, spinal cord, regenerative neuroscience and arthritis. New recruits will have unique opportunities and resources to establish an independent, well-funded program of international prominence and to collaborate with other members of our research and clinical staff in the development of treatments for injuries and disorders, but not only, of the retina and eye.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to submit a single pdf containing a copy of your CV, cover letter and a forward-looking statement (maximum 3 pages). You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: April 25, 2019           Closing Date: May 31, 2019

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.


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