Postdoctoral Researcher in Toronto, Ontario

University Health Network

Postdoctoral Researcher – Toronto, Ontario

CBMP Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


Value: $70,000 + Benefits

Duration: 3 Years

Application Deadline: 31 July 2023

Funding Start: 1 September 2023 (start date negotiable)

The Computational Biology & Medicine Program Postdoctoral Fellowship provides postdoctoral

scientists from around the world an opportunity to build their careers, engage in cutting-edge

research and benefit from an environment that fosters equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM) is one of the largest comprehensive cancer facilities

in the world located in the heart of the vibrant and diverse city of Toronto, Canada. Through its

commitment to research, education, and innovation, PM stands on the frontiers of medical and

experimental oncology. The scientific excellence of its internationally recognized researchers

and cutting-edge research infrastructure rank PM amongst the top five cancer centres in the

world. Within PM, the Computational Biology & Medicine Program (CBMP) is home to scientists

and clinicians focused on developing and implementing novel computational methods for

analyzing massive cancer data.

The CBMP Postdoctoral Fellowship is a highly selective opportunity designed to support the

most promising incoming postdoctoral scientists to engage in leading-edge cancer research

within the Computational Biology & Medicine Program. The fellowship recipient will join an

active, well-funded team led by one of our field-leading researchers and make ground breaking

discoveries in fundamental, translational, and clinical research. The recipient will work

collaboratively on multidisciplinary projects that improve the prevention, identification, and

treatment of cancer in the short or long term.

Value & Duration

The award is valued at $70,000 CAD + 24% benefits. These funds will contribute towards the

postdoctoral researcher’s salary and are non-renewable. A maximum of 1 award will be granted

each competition. These funds are taxable. Benefits include the career training program of the

Office of Research Trainees, extended medical insurance, dental insurance, maternity benefits

(15 weeks), parental benefits (additional 61 weeks), child care program (fee applies),

defined-benefit pension plan, and employment insurance.


The objective of this program is to both attract high-quality postdoctoral researchers to CBMP,

and support exemplary postdoctoral researchers currently within CBMP.


1. Individuals who will fulfill or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD,

PhD-equivalent, or health professional degree between 1 September 2019 and before

31 August 2023 (inclusively). The window of eligibility can be extended for career

interruptions due to family leave, medical leave, non-research clinical training, or other

approved extenuating circumstances.

2. If the candidate is already employed at UHN, they must not have been employed as a

postdoctoral researcher at UHN for more than 1 year at the time of the application

deadline. Applicants must be supervised by an appointed CBMP Scientist or Senior

Scientist with their primary appointment at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre –

Research. Applicants can also be supervised by a CBMP Clinician-Scientists with

designated research space who have been appointed by the Research Director and

reviewed by the PM Appointments and Promotions Committee.

3. An individual trainee is eligible for a maximum of one award.

4. If you were unsuccessful in your first application, you are eligible to apply a second time

if other criteria are still met. You cannot apply to this competition more than twice.

5. An individual scientist (supervisor) can only nominate one postdoctoral researcher per

competition, and only one postdoctoral researcher from the same lab can hold an award

at any given time.

6. Applicants must not hold a tenure or tenure-track faculty position, nor other staff position.

The funding from the CBMP Postdoctoral Fellowship will be used towards the awardee’s

stipend only.

Conditions of Funding

Successful applicants funded through this opportunity must adhere to the following guidelines:

1. The trainee must meet the minimum commitment of 35 hours per week in the research

fellowship role proposed in the application.

2. Awardees are expected to apply for external funding during the tenure of the award. If

external awards are granted, they must accept it, and this PM award can be used to

supplement remaining salary not covered by the external award.

3. Any unused portion of the award will be retained by CBMP.

4. Awardees leaving the UHN during the award tenure will not be able to transfer the funds

to another institution.

5. Holders of a CBMP Postdoctoral Fellowship may be required to submit a final report at

the completion of the term. Holders may also be expected to present occasional updates

to the Computational Biology & Medicine Program.

Application & Submission Instructions

To be considered for an opportunity to build your career at the Princess Margaret Cancer

Centre, please submit your CV (as PDF), one representative paper (as PDF), and the names

and contact information of two references following the instructions to [email protected] with

the subject line “CBMP Postdoctoral Fellowship Application” byJuly 31, 2023.

When formatting your CV, use Arial or Helvetica of 11 pt font or more with margins of at least

0.75” on all sides. There is no specific requirement for CV contents. However, we recommend

including the following:

1. Education and training history

2. Publications

a. include preprints and submitted manuscripts

b. unless a journal has accepted a publication, do not list the name of the journal

c. do not include “in preparation” manuscripts or conference abstracts

d. use an asterisk or other described signifier to indicate equal contributions; do not

rearrange author order from what is in the published paper

e. do not include journal impact factor or other numeric scores for journals

3. Oral presentations

4. Posters

5. Research interests

6. Technical skills

7. Career interruptions

8. Employment history

9. Professional activities such as leadership positions or committee positions

Please contact Paul Brogee (CBMP Program Manager; [email protected]) with any

questions regarding this opportunity.

Evaluation & Adjudication

A faculty committee of Computational Biology & Medicine Program members will evaluate

applicants on academic merit and impact, as measured by: (1) publications and preprints; (2)

presentation at an online symposium; (3) duration of previous studies; and (4) letters of

reference. This committee will shortlist applications based on the applicant’s scientific

excellence, their alignment with CBMP’s research mandate, and with an aim to correct

conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by the four designated groups in

Canada’s Employment Equity Act (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and

members of visible minorities). Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with the CBMP

evaluation committee and present their research proposal at an online symposium. Shortlisted

applicants not awarded the CBMP Postdoctoral Fellowship may be considered for other open

research positions.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility,

diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the

recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide for the open position. Applicants need

to make their requirements known when contacted.

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