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Director of the Centre for Research in Inner City Health

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Deadline: August 04, 2015  11:59:00 pm

St. Michael’s Hospital

The Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital is searching for a new Director for the Centre for Research on Inner City Health.  The successful candidate will be a mid to senior career researcher in urban health who has an excellent academic record, experience leading multi-disciplinary research groups and expertise in community-based research and community partnerships.  A PhD or MD with advanced research training and eligibility for a faculty appointment at the University of Toronto is required.

St. Michael’s Hospital is a Catholic teaching and research hospital founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1892 to care for the sick and poor of Toronto's inner city.  It is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a tertiary care urban hospital with a focus on adult trauma, critical care, primary care and care of the homeless and disadvantaged.

St. Michael's Hospital has just completed its most recent strategic plan and its vision is world leadership in urban health.  It has identified “Advance systems of care for disadvantaged patients” as one of its top 3 corporate strategic priorities for 2015-2018.  Thus, CRICH is very aligned with the vision and strategic priorities of St. Michael's and is an integral part of the organization.

The Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) is one of the major research programs at St. Michael’s Hospital.  CRICH has a group of 17 scientists who have diverse expertise, but whose focus is largely on the most vulnerable, marginalized and potentially at-risk populations in society, including people experiencing severe mental illness and addictions, homelessness and urban Aboriginal populations.  CRICH researchers address issues of health equity through broad social determinants of health framework which includes considerations of systemic issues of poverty, access to quality health services, housing stability, personal safety, immigration status, ethnicity, employment equity and the built environment. CRICH research is often conducted in partnership with those being served by the research, including individuals, communities, service providers and policy makers.  As much as possible, CRICH research is focused on solutions-oriented approaches, while recognizing that understanding root causes is necessary to develop effective solutions.  For more information about the Centre for Research on Inner City Health please see (

The successful candidate will be:

  • an excellent researcher in urban health and the care of disadvantaged populations;
  • an inspirational leader who can provide leadership and mentorship to a diverse group of scientists, students and staff;
  • an outstanding communicator who can tell the CRICH story to diverse audiences;
  • an excellent manager with experience managing staff, substantial budgets, human resources issues, etc.;
  • a management style that is transparent, open and inclusive;
  • an enthusiastic fundraiser who will work with the Vice President, Research and President of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation to increase awareness of CRICH and increase funding for its work;
  • an excellent educator who will lead a program of education for Masters and PhD students and post-doctoral fellows;
  • a person who values partnerships with patient organizations, community organizations, regional health authorities, public health officials, the ministry of health, and other ministries relevant to urban health;
  • committed to engaging in urban health policy formulation with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Enthusiastic about working with clinicians and managers at St. Michael's to increase the capacity to conduct urban health research at St. Michael’s.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and CV by 4PM EST February 23, 2015 to Andreas Laupacis, Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute via the St. Michael’s career website:

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