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Associate Professor/Professor - Computational Chemistry

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Associate Professor/Professor - Computational Chemistry

Date Posted: 04/12/2022
Closing Date: 05/17/2022, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 23575
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Chemistry
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of computational chemistry applied to medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will hold an appointment as a Senior Scientist or an Affiliate Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at the University Health Network (UHN).

Successful candidates may also be nominated for a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Medicinal Chemistry, AI/Machine Learning and Computational Chemistry, Chemical Biology valued at $1 million/year for 8 years. The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program is intended to support world‑renowned researchers and their teams in establishing ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. Nominees to the CERC opportunity will be internationally leading researchers whose proposed research program aligns with one or more of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation priority areas.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry or a related area, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research, service, training, and teaching. We seek exceptional candidates with expertise in computational chemistry and machine learning methodologies in the context of medicinal chemistry and chemical biology with a focus on cancer and other therapeutics. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and build upon existing strengths in the Department of Chemistry. The successful candidate will be an internationally recognized research leader in medicinally or biologically focussed computational chemistry whose accomplishments have made a major impact on the field and/or societal impact. Candidates will be expected to sustain and lead innovative research that will advance the global frontiers of knowledge in the field, and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

The successful candidate will also be reviewed by the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence for consideration of appointment as a Faculty Member or Faculty Affiliate and will be considered for a non-budgetary cross appointment with the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Additionally, the successful candidate will be affiliated with the Acceleration Consortium at the University of Toronto.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence, which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, evidence of impact on the field and/or societal impact, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing. The submitted research statement will provide short- and long-term research plans which are discipline shaping.

Candidates must also possess a strong demonstrated record of service to the research community (e.g., service on peer review committees, faculty recruitment committees, advisory committees) and a demonstrated record of attracting and mentoring a diverse group of students, trainees, and research personnel, and establishing an equitable and inclusive research environment. Nominees to the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program will be expected to develop and implement a plan for establishing and maintaining a diverse team and an inclusive research and training environment.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below), as well as strong letters of reference.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of Chemistry and the Faculty of Arts and Science recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leaves, slowdowns due to illness or disability, impacts of COVID-19) can have on a nominee’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the review and assessment of application materials.

About the Department of Chemistry and the University of Toronto

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest departments within the Faculty of Arts and Science, with 60 faculty members, 30 staff and 350+ graduate students. Faculty research occurs in the areas of analytical, biological, computational/theoretical, environmental, inorganic, materials/polymer, organic, and physical chemistry. This research is often interdisciplinary in nature, and our researchers work with other departments, faculties, and institutions, as well as with broader research initiatives based at the University of Toronto and elsewhere. Established in 1859, the department takes pride in its teaching excellence, advanced research facilities and its development of distinguished scientists. The department has a wide variety of services including a library, chemical stores, electronics and computing facility, glassblowing shop, machine shop, general stores, analytical lab, NMR lab, mass spectrometry lab, materials imaging, and an X-Ray analysis lab.

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is one of the world’s top public research-intensive universities. Bringing together exceptional minds from every conceivable background and discipline to collaborate on the world’s most pressing challenges.

About Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is one of the world’s top cancer research institutes. Part of the University Health Network and affiliated with the University of Toronto, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is home to over 300 faculty clinicians and scientists. The Princess Margaret is world-renowned for ground-breaking cancer discoveries in areas including stem cells, genetics and epigenetics, and immune oncology. Seeing over 18,000 new patients per year, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has a vibrant clinical research program evaluating novel therapeutics with deep correlative studies and a basic research program developing cutting-edge technologies to study the multiple facets of carcinogenesis and therapy response. These technologies include single-cell sequencing and molecular profiling of liquid biopsies, enabling the characterization of tumor heterogeneity and evolution at an unprecedented resolution. Princess Margaret is a fully affiliated research hospital of the University of Toronto.

About the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

The Vector Institute is an independent non-profit entity, with Members and Affiliates from the University of Toronto and other Canadian universities. It is supported with generous funding from the provincial and federal governments, as well as Canadian industry. The Vector Institute is located in the MaRS Discovery District building and houses over a hundred students, dozens of faculty members, hordes of state-of-the-art compute power, and an army of dedicated staff.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; three recent publications; and a teaching dossier to include a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead, dated, and signed) to Ms. Stefanie Steele at [email protected] by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format (maximum file size of 10 MB per attachment). If you have any questions about this position, please contact Ms. Stefanie Steele at [email protected].

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by May 17, 2022.

In order to meet the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program timelines, the University of Toronto must select and confirm the nominee in advance of the registration deadline of September 15, 2022, with a full nomination package submitted to the Program by October 13, 2022.

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program does not impose any restrictions regarding nationality or country of residence of the nominee. However, given the Program’s focus on the attraction of outstanding researchers to Canadian institutions, the Department of Chemistry / Faculty of Arts and Science will prioritize the nomination of those candidates who currently hold an academic appointment outside of Canada.

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, LGBTQ2S+ 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

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

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.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

For further information on the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program, including eligibility criteria, please consult the Program website.

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