Shrum Chair in Biological Mechanisms of Disease Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Science Canada

Shrum Chair in Biological Mechanisms of Disease at Simon Fraser University


The Gordon M. Shrum Chair in Science, named after the founding chancellor of Simon Fraser University, provides an opportunity for outstanding scientists to advance their careers to the next level at Canada’s top comprehensive university.


The Faculty of Science seeks an established scientist to fill the Shrum Chair for a 5 year term, renewable. S/he will be appointed as a tenured Associate Professor in one or more of our life science departments: Biological Sciences, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, or Molecular Biology and Biochemistry based on the candidate’s research interests, teaching expertise and preference.


We seek a leader in an emerging, transformative and interdisciplinary area of life sciences research who will complement SFU’s research strengths. The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of life scientists, across multiple Departments and Faculties, whose research stretches from fundamental to translational. S/he will enjoy access to exceptional research facilities, both computational and experimental. We expect that the Chair will play a leadership role in bridging existing research strengths in molecular, cellular, and systems-level biomedical science at SFU and with partner institutions. The successful applicant will also contribute to the teaching mission of their home department. Check here for information on research in the Faculty of Science at SFU.


Application Process: Applicants, please apply through the Faculty of Science by emailing to


Please submit a single PDF containing

  • a cover letter
  • a CV including a list of publications
  • the names and email addresses of four referees; and
  • a 2-3 page document summarizing your qualifications and a vision for a 5 year research program. This latter document should include a statement of how the research would improve, capitalize on, and integrate with existing research strengths at Simon Fraser University.


Direct questions to Dr. Peter Ruben, Chair, Shrum Chair Search Committee, and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Science at Simon Fraser University: Visit here for more information.


Screening of applications will commence on April 1, 2018. The competition will remain open until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be appointed commencing as early as September 2018.


Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.


All candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, persons of aboriginal heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGTBQ-identified persons.


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