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Research Chair in Drug Discovery

Research Chair in Drug Discovery in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan 

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition invites applications for a Chair in Rational Drug Design, to begin July 1, 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter.  The Chair will be an internationally recognized scholar who has demonstrated research success or clear evidence of potential in the area broadly defined as drug discovery, which may include but is not limited to medicinal chemistry, cell biology, proteomics, computational methods of drug design and bioinformatics.  The chair is anticipated to collaborate with and to facilitate opportunities for research in drug discovery at the University of Saskatchewan with the Drug Discovery and Development Research Group in the College of Pharmacy & Nutrition.  The mandate of this research group is to conduct fundamental research on drug discovery and development, drug delivery, pharmacokinetics and metabolism.  The Drug Discovery and Development Research Group currently has research activities and expertise in natural products and treatments for chronic diseases and cancer, and the chair is expected to engage with members of the research group and complement the existing strengths.  Other opportunities for collaborations at the University of Saskatchewan include the Molecular Design Research Group, the Canadian Light Source synchrotron and the Proteomics Research in Interactions in Structures of Macromolecules (PRISM) Centre. 

The Chair is expected to attract and maintain research funding (including Tri-Council), and to maintain a vigorous research program including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This position will be a tenure track appointment in the College of Pharmacy & Nutrition, and is anticipated to be made at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  The successful candidate will contribute to the academic programs of the College through research and training including the development of graduate courses, and contributions to undergraduate programs through drug discovery course content and inquiry-based learning.

The University of Saskatchewan is a research-intensive University with the widest array of health science programs in Canada. With 20,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, the University has a reputation for innovation and excellence (www.usask.ca). It is home to two of the largest science projects in the country – the Canadian Light Source synchrotron (www.lightsource.ca) and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization/ International Vaccine Centre (http://www.vido.org/),  as well as Innovation Place (www.innovationplace.com) a university-related research park supporting the growth of the technology sector, including medical and pharmaceutical institutes.

The beautiful U of S campus is located in Saskatoon, the ‘City of Bridges’ – a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, vibrant arts community, and full range of leisure opportunities, world class events, festivals and attractions (www.tourismsaskatoon.com). The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition is one of thirteen colleges and three schools at the University. It has a distinguished faculty and supportive staff, fully accredited professional programs in Pharmacy and Nutrition, Master’s and Ph.D. programs in both disciplines, and vibrant research programs.

Applications for the Chair in Rational Drug Design will be accepted until February 15, 2013 or until the position is filled. Please submit curriculum vita, a cover letter outlining research interests and experience, and the names of three referees, preferably electronically, to:

Dr. Ed Krol (ed.krol@usask.ca, 306-966-2011)
Selection Committee Chair
College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
University of Saskatchewan
110 Science Place
Saskatoon SK  S7N 5C9 Canada

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced.  The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.