Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Scientific Director, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD)

CIHR is looking to hire a Scientific Director for the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes. This is a 4 year mandate, with the possibility of an additional 4 year extension.

The CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD) has a mandate to support research to enhance health in relation to diet, digestion, excretion, and metabolism; and to address causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation for a wide range of conditions and problems associated with hormone, digestive system, kidney, and liver function. The Institute has a vision to position Canada as a leader in the creation of knowledge through health research that benefits all Canadians and the global community.

Reporting directly to the CIHR President, the Scientific Director of INMD will champion and support health research and knowledge translation at the highest level of scientific excellence.

As Scientific Director of INMD, the incumbent will develop and deliver on a health research agenda that:

As a member of Science Council, the Scientific Director, in collaboration with colleagues from the other CIHR Institutes, will:

Key qualifications

The successful applicant will have a PhD or MD degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to the INMD mandate. She or he will hold a position at, or be affiliated with a recognized institution or organization within Canada, will have a solid health research and publication track record, and will be known as a leader in INMD mandate areas, both nationally and internationally within the scientific community.

The candidate will demonstrate a clear scientific and strategic vision for the Institute and its role within CIHR, an in-depth understanding of the relative strengths, gaps and opportunities in fields related to the INMD mandate, and will have an ability to prioritize initiatives and implement the strategic priorities of INMD.

The candidate is expected to be an excellent communicator and facilitator, able to translate the importance of INMD to its broad stakeholders. The candidate is also expected to be a strong advocate for health research across the 4 pillars or themes and for patient engagement.

She/he will have an ability to listen to and harness the respect of the research community related to the INMD mandate.

She/he will possess strong negotiation skills and the ability to effectively represent all communities and promote their success individually and collectively.

She/he will also have extensive experience mentoring trainees and students, possess effective mentorship skills including the ability to stimulate and foster the development of young investigators/scholars to support capacity building.

Through her/his strong leadership and high level administrative abilities, the candidate will demonstrate the capacity to build, inspire and motivate an effective team. She/he will possess demonstrated experience in human and financial resources management.

Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Proficiency in both official languages is an asset. CIHR is committed to the values and principles of employment equity. 

CIHR will endeavor to provide the following, in support of the incoming Scientific Director of INMD:

The Scientific Director will have the opportunity to hire a small team that will be based at her/his host institution.  An annual Institute Support Grant will support the strategic development and operating expenses of the Institute.

How to apply

For more information about CIHR, its vision and priorities, please visit the CIHR website. For more information about INMD and its strategic priorities, visit the INMD website.

“If appointed, you will be subject to the CIHR Policy on Conflict of Interest Prevention and Management for Scientific Directors, Members of Governing Council and Advisory Bodies.  Accordingly, you will be required to submit a Declaration of External Interests Form upon appointment.

Prior to assuming responsibilities of the Scientific Director, you will be expected to arrange your personal affairs in such a manner as to prevent your external interests from conflicting with your performance of CIHR responsibilities. If such a conflict arises, it is to be declared and resolved in the interests of CIHR and for the public good. More information can be found online.

If you have any questions regarding this exciting leadership opportunity, please contact Daniel Blair, Human Resources Business Partner, in confidence, at 613-941-7367, or

Please email your CV together with a letter of introduction to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research at

Submissions must be received by: July 31, 2017.

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