Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Public Health ‘Omics for Heart and Lung Innovation Date Posted: March 4, 2020 
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, Canada
2d ago

Simon Fraser University is Canada’s leading comprehensive university. The Centre for Heart and Lung Innovation (HLI) at St.

Paul’s Hospital is an interdisciplinary, translational clinical research centre that uses basic molecular and cellular research discoveries to develop innovative approaches to prevent and treat human disease.

In collaboration, SFU and the HLI seek a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Public Health Omics for Heart and Lung Innovation1 .

This CRC appointment opportunity is intended for emerging scholars at the rank of assistant or associate professor (or those who possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed to these levels).

The Canada Research Chairs Program supports outstanding researchers in areas that will further their institution’s strategic research priorities.

To meet the criteria of the CRC program, Tier 2 CRC applicants must be excellent, emerging, world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity and the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years.

They should have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and should propose an original, innovative, high quality research program.

The Position

The successful applicant will be expected to build a research program in public health-relevant omics that will enable identification of causal genetic, environmental, gene-disease, and geneenvironmental pathways, which in turn will lead to new preventive and / or therapeutic strategies for populations at risk for heart, lung and / or blood vessel diseases.

They will provide leadership in omics-related research of lung, heart and / or blood vessel diseases that will be recognized worldwide for innovation and population / public health impact.

They will have a PhD or equivalent in fields related to omics, bioinformatics, computational biology, systems biology, biostatistics, applied mathematics, or experimental medicine.

The successful applicant’s research program will foster interdisciplinary research at the HLI and SFU and promote active collaborations within and across the heart, lung and blood vessel communities.

  • The research program may involve wet lab, dry lab or a combination of both. It should be relevant to one or more of the research challenge areas in the Faculty of Health Sciences, including Developmental Trajectories;
  • Big Data and Social and Technological Innovation; and Planetary Change.

    The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)

    FHS was created in 2004 with a mission to improve the health of individuals and populations and to reduce health inequities through excellence in interdisciplinary research and education, in partnership with local, national and global communities and with a commitment to social justice.

    The successful candidate will join a diverse and dynamic team of more than 50 multidisciplinary faculty members and will have the opportunity to engage with and teach outstanding students in the PhD, MSc, MPH, and BA / BSc programs.

    FHS maintains collaborative agreements and partnerships with the BC government, regional health authorities, research centres, and provincial, national and international agencies.

    Our community engaged work is exciting and at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary work in health. The faculty includes three Canada Research Chairs, five Endowed Chairs, and nine additional faculty members with external salary awards.

    The Centre for Heart and Lung Innovation (HLI) HLI is a leading translational research centre in heart, lung and blood vessel diseases.

    It was recently ranked as the #1 research unit for COPD and #2 in sepsis research in Canada ( (sepsis)). HLI is dedicated to bringing novel solutions to prevent and treat cardiopulmonary and critical illnesses.

    HLI is located within St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver and has over 50,000 square feet of space for both wet and dry laboratories.

    The successful applicant will join 40 other Principal Investigators (of whom 50% are clinicianscientists) at the Centre and several other Canada Research Chairs (including 2 Tier 1 and 2 Tier 2 CRCs), who work at HLI.

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