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Assistant Professor, Tenure Stream
Department of Molecular Genetics, University of TorontoMolecular Virology

The Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto (St. George campus) invites applications for a full-time, tenure stream faculty position in molecular virology. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor with an expected start date of July 1, 2022.

The successful candidate in this search MAY BE eligible for nomination for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair if they self-identify as a member of the four federally designated groups, as defined by the Employment Equity Act (women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities and Indigenous persons) or as trans, non-binary or Two-spirit, as part of the University of Toronto’s implementation of its Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan.

Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars. Nominees should be within ten years of receiving their PhD. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. The nominee’s research area must align with the subject matter eligibility of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Virology/Microbiology/Molecular Biology or a related discipline at the time of appointment, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. Candidates must provide strong evidence of research of an internationally competitive caliber, in the area of molecular virology, virus-host interactions or a related area as evidenced by a record of publications in leading journals in the field as well as presentations at significant conferences, accolades or awards, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing. The successful candidate will be expected to mount an innovative, competitive, and independently funded research program in the broadly defined area of molecular virology. The candidate will also be invited to become a key member of the Emerging and Pandemic Infection Consortium (EPIC;, a program that marshals the advanced research infrastructure and the world-renowned research and training expertise of the U of T and its affiliated hospital network to allow an integrated innovative response to infectious diseases. Applicants that will effectively use the University’s state-of-the-art containment level 3 facilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated by accomplishments which can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, excellent conference presentations or posters, as well as strong endorsements by referees. A teaching dossier should be provided that includes a teaching statement, and can include sample course materials, teaching evaluations, and/or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s leading university. The University of Toronto offers a wide range of opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, the excitement of working with a highly diverse student population and actively encourages innovative scholarship. The Greater Toronto Area offers amazing cultural and demographic diversity and one of the highest standards of living in the world. Applicants are encouraged to review the research and teaching profiles of current faculty members. Please visit our home page:

For further information on the federally endowed Canada Research Chairs Program, open to all nationalities, including eligibility criteria, please consult the Canada Research Chairs website. For more information about the CRC nomination process at the University of Toronto, contact Judith Chadwick, Assistant Vice-President, Research Services, at

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, teaching dossier (to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above), and a statement outlining current and future research interests.

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.

If you have questions about this position, please contact Dianne Wells at All application materials must be submitted through the University of Toronto’s online application system.Submission guidelines can be found at

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by February 10, 2022 11:59 pm EST.

The University recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions due to personal circumstances can be part of an excellent academic record. Search committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration to and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions in their assessments.

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.

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 process, please contact In addition, the office of Health & Wellbeing Programs and Services assists with providing accommodation to persons with disabilities in the workplace.

The Canada Research Chairs Program requires institutions to collect self-identification data from all applicants, following the program’s best practices. This data is important to the University’s ability to ensure that researchers from diverse groups are able to benefit from participation in the program. As part of your application, you will be required to submit a brief Diversity Survey, accessed via the online application system. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in any of the groups where applicable. While completion of the survey is required, providing answers to the individual survey questions is voluntary, and applicants can log a response indicating that they decline the survey. For more information, please see

Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Aggregated and anonymized data regarding the applicant pool will be reported only to the chair of the selection committee, the committee’s equity advisor, and a small number of staff members in the Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, for purposes of program administration and to meet reporting requirements.

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

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Postdoctoral Fellow – SARS-CoV-2

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) is Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research. Located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, VIDO is a leader in human and animal infectious disease research and vaccine development. For over 45 years we have developed solutions to emerging diseases including eight commercially available vaccines—six of which were world’s firsts, with four more in regulatory development.

As a National Centre, we are home to one of the largest and most advanced level 3 containment facilities capable of housing both small and large animals including rodents, poultry, pigs, cattle, and bison. We are currently expanding our specialized infrastructure to include a vaccine GMP manufacturing facility, a new multi-species level 2 animal facility, and upgraded capacity to include level 4 containment. Our vision includes the capacity to study any emerging disease in any animal model embracing a One Health approach to prevent emerging and re-emerging infectious disease of importance in human and veterinary health.

Drs. Angela Rasmussen and Arinjay Banerjee are seeking an outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow interested in studying SARS-CoV-2 host responses and species range at VIDO as part of a larger collaboration with the Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network (CoVaRR-Net). CoVaRR-Net is a CIHR-funded national network of scientists investigating SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern.

Host responses to viral infection are major determinants of disease susceptibility and severity, including for SARS-CoV-2. The Host-Pathogen Interactions Pillar (Pillar 2) of CoVaRR-Net was established to investigate the critical interactions between SARS-CoV-2 variants and different host species throughout Canada, with the goal of understanding the biology at the interface of host and pathogen, as well as assessing risks of zoonotic and zooanthroponotic transmission which may threaten humans, livestock, and wildlife in Canada.

We are seeking curious, motivated scientists who have recently completed their doctoral (PhD) studies with experience in virology to both conduct emerging virus research in our high containment laboratory, studying SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern at VIDO. This position will be jointly supervised by both Dr. Angela Rasmussen (Pillar 2 Lead) and Dr. Arinjay Banerjee (Pillar 2 Deputy). In addition, this post-doctoral fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with the large, interdisciplinary team of scientists who are part of CoVaRR-Net Pillar 2, as well as the larger network.


The successful candidate must have recently completed (within 3 years) a PhD or equivalent with a background in microbiology and be willing to work in a Biosafety Level 3 laboratory. The ideal candidate will have experience in cell culture and molecular virology techniques. Prior experience with SARS-CoV-2 and work in CL-3 containment is preferred. Must be organized and a team player with strong oral and written communication skills, as projects will involve regular interactions with colleagues and collaborators. The candidate must be willing to comply with the University of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 policies and vaccine requirements.

Status: 2-year term, with the possibility of extension

Employment Group: Post-Doctoral Fellows – PSAC

Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0

Salary Information: The starting salary will follow the university standard for a post-doctoral researcher and will be commensurate with experience.

The successful applicant will be required to provide the following current verification(s) where ‘Yes’ is indicated below. Further information is available at:

Facility Access Screening including Criminal Record Check: Yes

Driver’s License and Abstract Check: Not Applicable

Education/Credential Verification: Yes

Vulnerable Sector Check: Not Applicable

Interested candidates are asked to submit their application as a single PDF document including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.

The University of Saskatchewan has instated a number of health and safety requirements for faculty, staff and students in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of January 4, 2022, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is a condition of employment and proof of vaccination will be required. The University will consider accommodations requests for individuals in accordance with the requirements of the The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, 2018.

Review of applications will begin immediately; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Note: The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.


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