Department Head, Clinical Laboratory Genetics - University Health Network

Posting Date:Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Date to Apply By: Until Filled
Estimated Start Date: To be Determined
Address: 200 Elizabeth Street, 11th floor
City: Toronto

Department Head, Clinical Laboratory Genetics

The University Health Network (UHN) Laboratory Medicine Program and the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto are seeking a Department Head, at the Associate Professor/Full Professor level with diagnostic and academic expertise in Clinical Laboratory Genetics. The Department of Clinical Laboratory Genetics receives a high volume of interesting and challenging cases and utilizes leading edge technologies, including next generation sequencing to aid in the diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of both inherited and acquired disease. The Genome Diagnostics and Cancer Cytogenetics Divisions within the Department constitute the largest clinical cancer genetics testing service in Canada, in an accredited Institute of Quality Management and Health (IQMH) and College of American Pathologists (CAP)/ Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) environment. 

The successful candidate will join a large academic laboratory faculty with diverse diagnostic expertise, excellent teaching opportunities, and strong basic and clinical research activities. In close collaboration with physicians, and clinical/ research scientists, the successful candidate will lead the strategic planning for the clinical laboratory genetics/genome diagnostic service laboratory and oversee the development and implementation of new genomic tests and technologies that meet the needs of the clinical programs of the hospital with direct impact on patients in Ontario and Canada.  Another key aspect of this role will be the evaluation and improvement of genetic tests into clinical care. The successful candidate should have strong leadership capabilities; established research program, as evidence by high impact peer-reviewed publications; and proven ability to work within an integrated research network.  The candidate is expected to work collaboratively with internal and external clinicians and scientists; build relationships with funding agencies, government ministries, private sector, etc.  Experience in successfully attracting funding partners and strong commitment to education are assets.
Minimum requirements include MD and/or PhD degree and board certification in clinical molecular genetics through the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) or American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG). Dual certification in Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics would be an asset.

The successful candidate is eligible for an academic appointment in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, with a rank commensurate with academic qualifications. The salary offered will be commensurate with experience and includes an attractive benefits package.

University Health Network is one of Canada's largest acute care teaching organizations with over 1000 beds and 7 priority programs in Advanced Medicine & Surgery, Oncology & Blood Disorders, Transplantation, Neural & Sensory Science, Heart & Circulation, Musculoskeletal Health & Arthritis, and Community & Population Health.  It maintains a major commitment to excellence in healthcare delivery, research and teaching.  University Health Network is a fully affiliated hospital of the University of Toronto.

The University of Toronto and University Health Network are strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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

University Health Network is a major landmark in Canada’s healthcare system, and a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto.  Building on the strengths and reputations of each of our four remarkable institutions, the organization brings together the talent, resources, technology and skills that make it an international leader in healthcare. 

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a brief statement of their career plans, and the names of three references to:

Dr. Runjan Chetty
Program Medical Director
Laboratory Medicine Program
University Health Network
200 Elizabeth Street
Toronto Ontario M5G 2C4
Fax: (416) 340-5517

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