Assistant Professor - Integrative Physiology - Bassingthwaighte Chair

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Assistant Professor - Integrative Physiology - Bassingthwaighte Chair

Date Posted: 11/24/2020
Closing Date: 02/01/2021, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 1346
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Department: Dept of Physiology
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Physiology and the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment in the area of Integrative Physiology. This is a joint appointment between the Department (51%) and the Centre (49%) at the rank of Assistant Professor. The expected start date is July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate will be considered for appointment as the James B. Bassingthwaighte Chair in Integrative Physiology (details below), a new endowed Chair position at the University of Toronto. The appointment as Chair will be for an initial 5-year term, renewable following a favorable review.

Candidates must have a PhD in Physiology or another relevant field of study by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with demonstrated research experience and an emerging track record in quantitative and/or integrative systems physiology at the level of the cell or organism. Candidates must demonstrate a record of excellence in both research and teaching. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths

We seek an outstanding individual to initiate and lead an innovative program in integrative physiology that employs computational/mathematical/physiomic modeling approaches to help understand mechanisms underlying transitions from healthy and diseased states in cells or organisms. The successful candidate will mount and lead a program to develop quantitative approaches for answering important physiological questions via collaborations within a multidisciplinary team that might include, for example, mathematicians, computer scientists, bioengineers, stem cell and systems biologists. The appointee will be expected to pursue innovative research at the highest international level; to establish a strong, independent, competitive, externally funded research program; and to participate actively in departmental and affiliate institute activities.

Excellence in research will be determined by the quality of articles submitted in the application; output and impactful research or a research pipeline that meets international standards; publications in top ranked, internationally recognized, and field-relevant academic journals; presentations at significant conferences; awards and accolades; and strong endorsements by referees of high international stature.

Excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level is required. To this end, candidates must provide a teaching dossier to include a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letter of reference. Other teaching-related activities could refer to previous experience as a teaching assistant or course instructor, leading workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or awards for oral presentations and posters at conferences.

The successful candidate may have additional appointments with other partner or research institutes within the Toronto Area Health Sciences Network (TASHN). Potential partners include Medicine by Design, The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, The Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and affiliated teaching hospitals near the University campus.

Outstanding candidates with demonstrated research excellence relevant to modeling of physiologic systems will be considered for the James B. Bassingthwaighte Chair in Integrative Physiology. An emerging track record of collaborative science, successful program building, and research productivity and excellence, demonstrated through the application materials, is essential. Through research and scholarly activities, the Chair holder will position the Department of Physiology and its partner institutions as global leaders in knowledge and technology generation and translation in the area of integrative physiology.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of Physiology ( boasts an illustrious past in research and education including the discovery of insulin. Today Physiology is an internationally top ranked department with particular research strengths in endocrinology, reproduction & development, cardiovascular, renal & respiratory research, and neuroscience. The Donnelly Centre is an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Toronto with the mandate to create a research environment that encourages integration of biology, computer science, engineering and chemistry, and that spans leading areas of biomedical research ( Medicine by Design ( harnesses the exceptional expertise at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals at the convergence of physical and life sciences, engineering, mathematics and medicine to undertake transformative research in regenerative medicine and cell therapy. Medicine by Design is made possible in part due to a $114-million grant from the CFREF.

Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to work and live, and a major centre for advanced computer, medical and biological technologies. The University of Toronto has one of the most concentrated biomedical research communities in the world, including 10 academic hospitals/research institutes that are all fully affiliated with the University. This community attracts more than $800M in annual research investment.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae with a list of publications, 3 sample articles, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, a teaching dossier (to include a teaching statement, sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations, or other evidence of teaching excellence as listed above).

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at [email protected] by the closing date (on letterhead, dated and signed). PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at If you have questions about this position, please contact Scott Heximer at [email protected].

All application materials, including reference letters must be received by February 1st, 2021.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
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

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The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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Posted: 12/1/2020
Application Due: 1/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time