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Canada Research Chairs at Baycrest Health Sciences - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Toronto’s Canada Research Chair program is administered by the University in partnership with nine affiliated hospitals in the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TASHN).

This website complements the information provided on the and provides information specific to Baycrest Health Sciences, including postings for available Canada Research Chair opportunities at Baycrest Health Sciences.

Baycrest Health Sciences is working with its TASHN partners to develop an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (to be released December 15, 2017). Please consult the CRC website to learn more about the Federal program’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices that aim to increase transparency within the program and which also requires firm targets to increase nationally the number of chair holders from the four designated groups as defined by the CRC program: women; Aboriginal peoples; persons with disabilities; and members of visible minorities.

Read more about diversity and inclusion at Baycrest.

Read the Canada Research Chairs: Baycrest Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Canada Research Chair opportunities at Baycrest Health Sciences:


As of February 25, 2019, the application process for Canada Research Chair positions at Baycrest was closed. Postings of past chair positions can be found in the Archive of past CRC postings at Baycrest below.

The University of Toronto is responsible for administering and allocating the Canada Research Chair program for itself and its affiliated hospitals. Baycrest Health Sciences currently has four CRCs.

The four CRC’s at Baycrest Health Sciences are held by:

  • Archive of past CRC postings at Baycrest

    CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR (TIER 2) IN NEUROIMAGING, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences (Posted August 2015)

    Subject to approval through the Canada Research Chair Secretariat, this is an appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin January 01, 2017. See the deadlines noted below.

    The Rotman Research Institute (RRI) is a premier international centre for the study of human brain function. The primary research focus is on memory and the executive functions of the brain, both in normal aging and in the presence of diseases and conditions which affect the brain, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The Rotman Research Institute supports behavioral, neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies of memory, attention, and perception, including research on changes in cognitive function that arise from brain damage, disease and/or normal aging, and the development of cognitive rehabilitation strategies. The Rotman Research Institute has state-of-the-art eyetracking, electroencephalography and magnetoencephalography laboratories and a research-dedicated Siemens 3 Tesla MRI in-house at Baycrest.

    The Chair will have significant opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration given the broad and diverse research and creative interests and capabilities within the Rotman Research Institute. In addition, the Chair will work closely with researchers to develop a robust imaging program in will seek meaningful research linkages to leverage external resources and support.

    The appointment, contingent upon a successful CRC nomination, will commence January 01, 2016. The position will be a fulltime at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Tier 2 CRC positions have a five-year term and are renewable once.

    Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

    The Rotman Research Institute’s eligibility criteria include:

    • Research program has a strong focus on neuroimaging and the application of neuroimaging techniques to the study of structural and functional brain changes in aging
    • Demonstrated creativity in research program through the development of innovative analysis and imaging techniques;
    • Demonstrated potential to achieve international recognition in neuroimaging field in the next five to ten years.
    • Demonstrated through current lab incumbents to attract, develop and retain trainees at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels
    • Demonstrated upward trajectory of productivity, as indicated by journal publications and secured grant funding

    Step 1 – To be submitted by August 25, 2015

    Applications should include:

    (1)           A detailed curriculum vitae

    (2)           No more than two pages addressing the criteria noted above.

    (3)           Since Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination).  Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process.  

    Contact Jennifer Ryan (jryan@research.baycrest.org) and Jean Lazarus (jlazarus@baycrest.org), in writing, for more information or questions regarding your eligibility should you have earned your highest degree more than 10 years ago.

    Step 2 – To be submitted by 5:00 p.m. September 2, 2015

    The submissions under Step 1 will be reviewed by a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair Review committee to determine if the candidate meets the requirements to move forward to Step 2.  The following additional items are required under Step 2:

    (1)           A cover letter with a statement of the applicant’s qualifications of relevance and the applicant’s expected contribution to the Rotman Research Institute.

    (2)           A detailed description of the candidate’s proposed research program, including a statement on the potential for the research program consistent with the focus of the CRC and to contribute to the Rotman Research’s Institute strategic research directions.

    (3)           Samples of relevant published writing or other relevant materials

    (4)           Names and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference.

    In accordance with the Employment Equity Act and the Canada Research Chairs Employment Equity Strategy, Baycrest is committed to ensuring a transparent, open and equitable recruitment and nomination process that encourages and provides equal opportunity to persons of the four designated groups (women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, and members of visible minorities).

    For complete eligibility requirements and program information, applicants should review the Canada Research Chair website.

    For further information please contact Dr. Jennifer Ryan (jryan@research.baycrest.org), Academic Director, Rotman Research Institute,

    CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR (TIER 2) IN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences (Posted August 2016)

    Subject to approval through the Canada Research Chair Secretariat, this is an appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin January 2018. See the deadlines noted below.

    The Rotman Research Institute (RRI) is a premier international centre for the study of human brain function. The primary research focus is on memory and the executive functions of the brain, both in normal aging and in the presence of diseases and conditions which affect the brain, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  The Rotman Research Institute supports behavioral, neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies of memory, attention, and perception, including research on changes in cognitive function that arise from brain damage, disease and/or normal aging, and the development of cognitive rehabilitation strategies. The Rotman Research Institute has state-of-the-art eyetracking, electroencephalography and magnetoencephalography laboratories and a research-dedicated Siemens 3 Tesla MRI in-house at Baycrest.

    The Chair will have significant opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration given the broad and diverse research and creative interests and capabilities within the Rotman Research Institute. In addition, the Chair will work closely with researchers to develop a robust imaging program in will seek meaningful research linkages to leverage external resources and support.

    The appointment, contingent upon a successful CRC nomination, will commence January 1, 2018.  The position will be a fulltime at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Tier 2 CRC positions have a five-year term and are renewable once. 

    Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

    The Rotman Research Institute’s eligibility criteria include:

    • Research program has a strong focus on cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging and the application of neuroimaging techniques to the study of structural and functional brain changes in aging and associated disorders (e.g., stroke, dementia)
    • Demonstrated creativity in research program (e.g., development of innovative empirical, analysis, or imaging techniques; rehabilitation programs)
    • Demonstrated potential to achieve international recognition in the field of cognitive neuroscience or neuroscience in the next five to ten years.
    • Demonstrated through current lab incumbents to attract, develop and retain trainees at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels
    • Demonstrated upward trajectory of productivity, as indicated by journal publications and secured grant funding

    Step 1 – To be submitted by August 22, 2016

    Applications should include:

    (1)           A detailed curriculum vitae

    (2)           No more than two pages addressing the criteria noted above.

    (3)           Since Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination).  Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process.  

    Contact Jennifer Ryan (jryan@research.baycrest.org) and Jean Lazarus (jlazarus@baycrest.org), in writing, for more information or questions regarding your eligibility should you have earned your highest degree more than 10 years ago.

    Step 2 – To be submitted by 5:00 p.m. September 15, 2016

    The submissions under Step 1 will be reviewed by a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair Review committee to determine if the candidate meets the requirements to move forward to Step 2.  The following additional items are required under Step 2:

    (1)           A cover letter with a statement of the applicant’s qualifications of relevance and the applicant’s expected contribution to the Rotman Research Institute.

    (2)           A detailed description of the candidate’s proposed research program, including a statement on the potential for the research program consistent with the focus of the CRC and to contribute to the Rotman Research’s Institute strategic research directions.

    (3)           Samples of relevant published writing or other relevant materials

    (4)           Names and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference.

    In accordance with the Employment Equity Act and the Canada Research Chairs Employment Equity Strategy, Baycrest is committed to ensuring a transparent, open and equitable recruitment and nomination process that encourages and provides equal opportunity to persons of the four designated groups (women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, and members of visible minorities).

    For complete eligibility requirements and program information, applicants should review the Canada Research Chair website.

    For further information please contact Dr. Jennifer Ryan (jryan@research.baycrest.org), Academic Director, Rotman Research Institute,

    CANADA 150 RESEARCH CHAIRS FOR INTERNATIONALLY BASED RESEARCHERS AND SCHOLARS (Posted July 2017)

    The nominations process followed is outlined at the Canada Research Chair program page.

    TWO CANADA RESEARCH CHAIRS (CRC) IN COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE – TIER 2 (Posted January 2019)

    Subject to approval through the Canada Research Chair Secretariat, the Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest is seeking two Canada Research Chairs – Tier 2 in Cognitive Neuroscience at the level of scientist, with the expectation of receiving a status-only appointment at the assistant or associate professor levels at the University of Toronto, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at these levels. The Canada Research Chair appointments begin on or after July 1, 2020.
     
    The Rotman Research Institute (RRI) of Baycrest is a premier interdisciplinary, international centre for the study of human brain function. Our core research themes are: Cognitive Neuroscience, Aging and Brain Health, Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases, and Neuroinformatics. Our research focuses on cognitive brain functions (including memory, executive function, attention, perception, and language), both in normal aging and in the presence of diseases and conditions that affect the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.  The Rotman Research Institute supports behavioral, neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and neurocomputational studies with state-of-the-art facilities, including eye-tracking, electroencephalography, and magnetoencephalography laboratories and a research-dedicated Siemens 3 Tesla MRI in-house at Baycrest.
     
    We welcome applications from researchers approaching aging and brain health from a wide range of perspectives, including, but not limited to, neuroscience, psychology, kinesiology, occupational therapy, engineering, or computer science. Individuals with experience or interests in imaging, virtual/augmented reality, artificial intelligence, exercise, or human factors are particularly encouraged to apply. We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits, and outstanding research support. Teaching is not required as part of RRI appointments, but there may be teaching requirements associated with University status appointments.
     
    Qualifications and Job Duties
     
    Tier 2 CRCs are tenable for five years and renewable once, and are intended for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. Successful applicants would have the opportunity to continue as RRI Senior Scientists at the end of their CRC appointments. 

    Applicants should have:
    • Doctoral degree or equivalent in neuroscience, psychology, engineering, computer science, kinesiology, occupational therapy or a related field.
    • Demonstrated impact through independent research activities in the fields of aging and cognitive neuroscience, including peer-reviewed research publications in scientific journals, peer-reviewed grants, and other research-related knowledge translation activities.
    • A research focus connected to the Rotman Research Institute core themes of cognitive neuroscience; aging and brain health; Alzheimer’s and related diseases; and, neuroinformatics.
    • A desire to collaborate with RRI scientists and other Baycrest researchers on foundational and translational research programs.
    • Eligibility for appointment as a status-only faculty member in the appropriate University department.
    • Ability to attract, train, and retain trainees at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels.
    • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
     
    Application instructions
    To be submitted by the deadline of February 25, 2019
     
    Applications should include:
    1. A cover letter of no more than two pages addressing the criteria noted above;
    2. An up-to-date detailed curriculum vitae (please include career interruptions such as parental or sick leaves that may have impacted your record of research and that you would like to have taken into consideration in the selection process);
    3. A five-year research plan (two-three pages); and,
    4. The names and contact information of three who may be contacted by Baycrest for letters of references.


    Baycrest recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that a non-traditional career and 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, non-traditional career paths and career interruptions in their assessments.

    Baycrest acknowledges and honours the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We believe that it is the differences in people that make us stronger, and because of our differences, we have the potential to enrich our quality of work-life, foster innovation and obtain better outcomes for our clients. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, identities, heritages and experiences. We will ensure that the workplace, including all policies, procedures and practices, is free of deliberate or unintentional barriers so that no one is disadvantaged. We will work together to create an environment that respects all persons, where barriers that limit an individual’s ability to realize their maximum potential do not exist.

    For more information about this employment opportunity, please contact Dr. Jennifer Ryan, Director, Scientific and Academic Affairs; jryan@research.baycrest.org.

    An appropriately qualified individual may be nominated for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. 

    Nominees should be within ten years of receiving their PhD. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process.

    For further information on these federally endowed chairs, open to all nationalities, including eligibility criteria, please consult the Canada Research Chairs website. For more information about the CRC nomination process at the University of Toronto and affiliated hospitals, contact Judith Chadwick, Assistant Vice-President, Research Services - crc@utoronto.ca or visit www.research.utoronto.ca/crc.

    Baycrest is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’).  If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at (416) 785-2500, ext. 2961.
     
    CRC requires the collection of self-identification data in relation to the four designated groups for all applicants to CRC opportunities.  You will be asked to fill in a voluntary survey that will be submitted directly to Human Resources.  For privacy purposes, the results of the survey will be shared with Baycrest’s CRC nominations committee only on an aggregate basis and only when there are five or more applicants.
     
    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    Canada Research Chair opportunities at the University of Toronto:

    Special Call for Applications from UofT Faculty for Canada Research Chairs (posted November 2018)

    Consistent with the University's commitment to excellence and equity and with federal priorities for the Canada Research Chair (CRC) program, a special call is now posted on the University’s institutional CRC EDI website.

    Through this call the U of T is inviting applications to the Canada Research Chair program from faculty who self-identify in one or more of four federally designated groups: women, visible minorities or persons of colour, persons with a disability or Indigenous people. The call is open to full-time faculty who hold an appointment as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in the tenured/tenure-stream, clinical or status-only categories at the University of Toronto. Those in the clinical or status-only categories must be employed by an affiliated institution or be individuals who have a firm offer of employment in one of these categories from the University or its affiliated institutions that takes effect by July 1, 2019.

    It is anticipated that the posting will result in the selection of up to 19 candidates to the program, most of whom are expected to be Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs for exceptional, emerging scholars. The deadline for applications is November 26, 2018.  Applications should include a two-page letter of interest describing qualifications and research plans for the position; and a curriculum vitae.

    Inquiries regarding this competition and completed applications may be directed to crc@utoronto.ca. Further information on this call can be found here.