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Scientist in Physical Sciences and Canada Research Chair – Tier 2 in Artificial Intelligence Applied to Medical Imaging and Image-Guided Therapy (one Position)

Employer: Sunnybrook Research

Closing Date: February 1, 2021

Location: Toronto

Job Description:

The Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) is seeking candidates for a Scientist position in the Physical Sciences in Artificial Intelligence applied to medical imaging and image-guided therapy. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field (i.e. physics, engineering, computer science) and be eligible for appointment as a full-time Scientist at SRI and as an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. The candidate will become a member of the Physical Sciences Platform of SRI and may be nominated for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. We are seeking a researcher focused on developing new machine learning methodologies for medical image data in a clinical environment. Examples of research areas of interest include, but are not restricted to: integration of imaging, molecular and clinical data to create prognostic models; development of fast image reconstruction or registration algorithms using deep learning; triaging of patients using AI-assisted image analysis; domain adaptation methods; safety and interpretability of AI for medical applications.

The successful applicant will develop an internationally competitive research program and participate in graduate training through an academic appointment in the appropriate department at the University of Toronto. The applicant will be expected to foster local, national, and international collaborations, work with other SRI Scientists, build complementary translational research capacity, and engage with Sunnybrook clinicians to enable short- and/or long-term clinical
translation of their research, ultimately contributing to Sunnybrook’s strategic direction in Personalized and Precise Treatments, with a vision of inventing the future of healthcare. The applicant research program is thus expected to align well with one or more of the nine clinical programs.

About Sunnybrook Research Institute: SRI is an independent organization wholly owned by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, one of Canada’s leading academic health sciences centres. SRI is there search enterprise of the hospital corporation and is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. SRI has three research platforms: Biological Sciences, Evaluative Clinical Sciences and Physical Sciences, each of which functions similarly to a university department under the leadership of a cognate director. The institute supports $100 million of annual research activities within approximately 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research space located at the Bayview campus of Sunnybrook. SRI has one of the best recognized and most productive teams in the field of medical imaging and image-guided therapy in the world. The Physical Sciences Platform is comprised of 64 scientists and has a total staff of ~300, including close to 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows associated with the University of Toronto.

Research areas in Physical Sciences include Biomedical Imaging and Image Analysis (MRI, Ultrasound, X-Ray, Digital Pathology and Optical); Precision Medicine (Radiogenomics, Theranostics); Computational Modeling and Machine Learning; Design and Development of Medical Devices; Biophysics and Bioengineering. A major focus is Image-Guided Therapy, a theme that has been supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation leading to the establishment of the Centre for Research in Image-Guided Therapeutics; by the Fed Dev program resulting in Image-Guided Therapy cluster; and by the federal Strategic Innovation Fund giving rise to Inovait, an industry-academic consortium for AI and Image-Guided Therapy. Physical Scientists at SRI engage clinical partners in their research and pursue opportunities to move their innovations to the clinic through pre-clinical and first-in-human testing to commercialize the products of their research by creating start-ups and licensing, and/or by partnering with companies in the development of new technologies.

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