Applications are invited for the position of Director of the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases (Tanz Centre) in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, CANADA.
The incoming Director will be an internationally recognized leader in neurodegeneration research with the experience to catalyze research—from fundamental neuroscience and cellular mechanisms to translation research—in all areas of neurodegenerative diseases with a commitment to open data and open science. They will have a record of successful collaborative leadership and possess outstanding relationship and business acumen to create and engage partnerships across a complex network of healthcare institutions.
Toronto consistently ranks as one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world. The University of Toronto is tightly integrated in one of the world’s most diverse urban centres. The Faculty of Medicine research programs span basic science, clinical and translational research, clinical epidemiology, and health services research. The Faculty of Medicine and its nine fully-affiliated hospitals and research institutes form one of the largest research enterprises in North America. The Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) is one of the top five clusters of academic medicine in North America.
Created in 1990, the Tanz Centre is one of the world’s major centres for research in neurodegenerative diseases. Housed in the state of the art Krembil Discovery Tower at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, it combines cutting-edge technology and a multidisciplinary collaborative approach to understand the causes and underlying biological mechanisms associated with neurodegenerative disorders.
As an academic unit within the Faculty of Medicine with ties to TAHSN and the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (the TDRA – a partnership among Baycrest, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, St.Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University Health Network, and Faculty of Medicine), the Tanz Centre is leading groundbreaking research at the molecular level. Its collective research productivity is among the highest of any university system worldwide. Its 10 principal investigators (PIs)—drawn from diverse fields such as biophysics, molecular genetics, neurobiology, proteomics, model organisms, neuroimaging, and neuropathy—have already garnered over 90 national and international academic honours and prizes. With an average of 62 ongoing substantive national and international collaborations, the PIs have been awarded over $124 million in funding for basic science research.
A critical mandate of the Tanz Centre is to train the next generation of physicians and scientists. All of the Tanz Centre’s PIs are involved in the day-to-day mentoring of PhD, MSc, and BSc students, as well as clinical residents and fellows. Its educational mandate extends to the teaching of formal courses, including continuing medical education events, award-winning graduate and undergraduate courses within the university academic departments, and the Tanz Centre lecture and seminar series. To date, over 336 postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students have trained at the Tanz Centre.
The successful candidate will be deeply committed to excellence in education, demonstrate teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate program levels, and have significant experience as an effective mentor/supervisor. They will be expected to pursue innovative research at the highest international level and to maintain and lead a strong, independent, externally-funded research program. Experience and/or enthusiasm in fundraising would be an asset. The successful candidate must have a clear vision and demonstrated ability to take the Tanz Centre to an even higher level of achievement and international recognition.
The successful candidate will have a PhD and/or medical degree in a related discipline. They must either hold or be eligible for a faculty appointment at a senior academic rank at the University of Toronto at a level of accomplishment for a competitive funding package (e.g., endowment). The Faculty of Medicine is currently in a campaign to raise philanthropic funds to support the incoming Director of the Tanz Centre and their priorities.
Qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking the link below. Applicants should submit a single PDF that includes (in order) (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of current and long-term research interests (three to five pages), (4) a statement of teaching philosophy (one page), and (5) three letters of reference. Submission guidelines are available for consultation at http://careers.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/help/.
The closing date for this position is Monday January 7, 2019.
If you have questions about this position, contact Anastasia Meletopoulos, Academic Affairs Specialist, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto at email@example.com.
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.
As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief diversity survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.