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Applications are invited for the position of 

Director, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute,
Vice President, Research,
and Lou Siminovitch Research Chair,
Sinai Health, Toronto, Canada

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Location: Toronto, Ontario
Open Date: June 2, 2022
Until: July 31, 2022


Applications are invited for the Director, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute; Vice President, Research; and inaugural Lou Siminovitch Research Chair at Sinai Health. Sinai Health is a fully-affiliated academic hospital of the University of Toronto, one of the world’s top ranked research universities. We are seeking an experienced leader, able to develop and implement a strategic research vision, build and renew our research enterprise, and guide the research priorities for our institution.

The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI) at Sinai Health is a centerpiece of Canadian biomedical enterprise, integrating a strong discovery research hub with impactful clinical programs. In addition to the LTRI, Sinai Health includes Mount Sinai Hospital, Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital and a system partner, Circle of Care. The LTRI is on the brink of an exciting future with planned expansion to a new physical space, recruitment of additional investigators at different career stages, and the opportunity to rethink and rebrand its identity under new leadership.

The LTRI is led by the Director, who reports to the President & CEO. It is comprised of 130 scientists and clinician-scientists, 450 research technical/administrative staff and 250 research trainees. Individual researchers have international reputations for excellence, as demonstrated by awards, large scale funding, and publications in the major areas of system biology, stem cell, genetics & heredity, precision medicine and quantitative data science, with applications to clinical oncology, obstetrics & gynecology, endocrinology & metabolism and cell biology. The LTRI is well equipped with major investments in robotics, imaging, animal research, biorepositories and tissue banks.

The Director, LTRI/VP Research oversees the administrative aspects of managing research at Sinai Health, including the process for the review of promotions and continued membership within the LTRI, and the annual performance review process. They provide guidance to researchers in obtaining external funding, and actively participate in the commercial development activities of the LTRI. The Director recruits new investigators at different career stages, as appropriate, and fosters their development. They facilitate training opportunities in the areas of clinical and fundamental research. They partner with the clinical departments of the Hospital to develop clinical research programs, and foster the involvement of clinician-scientists. More broadly, they partner with the University of Toronto, other Toronto hospitals and external stakeholders in the pursuit of research excellence. They act as an articulate spokesperson for the LTRI and Sinai Health, and maintain a high visibility with granting councils and policy makers. They participate actively with the Sinai Health Foundation in the development and management of fundraising strategies to secure the necessary funding for the LTRI.


The successful candidate must hold a PhD, MD/PhD or MD degree and be eligible for fulltime academic appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor at the University of Toronto. The preferred candidate will have an international reputation for excellence in biomedical research. They will have the ability to set the direction for research at Sinai Health, with experience and knowledge to develop a strategic vision that includes basic science, as well as translational, population health and clinical research. As Vice President, Research, they will have experience in leading in a complex environment, be committed to collaboration with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, and play a key senior leadership role at Sinai Health. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to create and maintain a workplace and learning environment that is equitable, respectful and safe for all staff and trainees.

Application Instructions

Remuneration for the role will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, in the range of $400,000-$450,000 per annum. Eligible for a comprehensive benefits package. The position is for a 5-year term, renewable once, based upon a successful review. The effective start date is November 1, 2022 or thereafter.

Applications for this position will be accepted until July 31, 2022. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, curriculum vitae and names of three referees to:

Dr. Gary Newton
President & CEO, Sinai Health
600 University Avenue, Ste. 19-310
Toronto, ON M5G 1X5, Canada

Sinai Health is committed to fostering a culture and environment that is safe, equitable, compassionate and accountable. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement


Sinai Health 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 in order to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Search committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of, career interruptions in their assessments.

Sinai Health 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, and members of sexual minority groups, 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 directly on the Interfolio site. This form is voluntary and any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by the search committee. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes as part of Sinai Health's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative.


In accordance with Institute’s policy and legislated health and safety requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials, completion of a health review, and demonstrating proof of immunity and vaccination status of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Sinai Health is a scent sensitive environment and all members of the community are expected to refrain from wearing or using scented products while visiting or working at the Institute. We also support a barrier-free workplace supported by the Institute’s accessibility plan, accommodation and disability management policies and procedures. Should you require accommodation at any point during the recruitment process, including accessible job postings, please contact the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Human Resources Department. All qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.