Director, SGC Women’s and Children’s Health Initiative

Role: Director, SGC Women’s and Children’s Health Initiative 

Organization: Structural Genomics Consortium 

Location: Toronto, ON 

Compensation: Commensurate with experience 

Hours of work: Flexible, including opportunity to work occasionally from home  

Duration: 5 years, with potential for renewal 

About Structural Genomics Consortium 

The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) ( is a global public private partnership dedicated to open science and that seeks to accelerate drug discovery by fostering collaboration among a large network of scientists in academia and industry and by making all research outputs openly available to the scientific community.  The current SGC research hubs are in Canada, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

SGC Women’s and Children’s Health Initiative 

We are seeking a Director for our new SGC Women’s and Children’s Health Initiative, which aims to advance the field of drug discovery in reproductive biology and disease, child development, and childhood diseases. The Director will join the SGC senior leadership team with the broad aim to advance this research area, but initially to advance objectives of an inaugural program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) that aims to generate a set of knowledge and molecular tools (“target-enabling packages”) for proteins linked to women’s health. 

Job Expectations and Requirements 

The role of the Director will be to lead an international cross-disciplinary team to create high quality protein reagents and chemical probes for a portfolio of proteins that are potential targets in women’s and children’s health. The Director will allocate resources among projects, manage progress against milestones, coordinate interactions with both the wider research community and with industry, and enable new drug discovery programs for at least seven new protein targets over the course of three years.

The Director will have demonstrated experience in managing a portfolio of early-stage drug and target discovery projects and a proven track record of managing projects across sites and across disciplines. Experience in protein expression and biochemistry in the context of drug discovery is desirable.  

The position is located in Toronto, Canada and candidates will be offered a salary commensurate with their experience. The successful candidate would have the opportunity to hold an academic appointment with the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Toronto.  This would include opportunities for trainee supervision and advancing the educational mission.  

Celebrating diversity 

The SGC is strongly committed to recruit anyone who may contribute to the further diversification of our ideas and approaches. We especially welcome applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons. 

Candidates are encouraged to explain any career interruptions in order to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration to the impact of any career interruptions in their assessments. 

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How to apply: Interested applicants should forward electronic versions (as Microsoft Word or PDF) of: 

  1. cover letter  

  1. a complete Curriculum Vitae 

  1. the names and contact information of 3 references 


Complete application packages should be sent by December 31st, 2021 to with “Program Director” in the subject line.  The position will remain open until filled. 

Selection Process and Criteria: The selection committee will be Chaired by Dr. Aled Edwards and will evaluate applicants based on the application packages provided.  

Closing Date: 
Friday 31st December 2021
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