The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), funded by the province of British Columbia, is BC's health research funding agency. MSFHR helps develop, retain and recruit the talented people whose research improves the health of British Columbians, addresses health system priorities, creates jobs and adds to the knowledge economy.
Since its inception in 2001, MSFHR has been a key participant in BC's health research and life sciences ecosystem. The Foundation works as a trusted partner with government, the health research community and the health system to support better health outcomes through research and its translation into new treatments, cures, practices and solutions. Learn more at www.msfhr.org.
MSFHR is seeking an experienced research leader to fill the newly created position of Scientific Director. With a minimum 10-year track record as a researcher, the Scientific Director is excited to turn their attention to the “science of research funding” – an increasingly important focus for funders committed to understanding and responding to the ecosystem in which they work.
Reporting to the CEO and working with Foundation’s leadership team, the Scientific Director will develop a research agenda for the Foundation that helps determine and also study what we fund, how we support the translation of evidence into practice and policy, and how we strengthen the research system in which we work. They are responsible for day-to-day management and oversight of a portfolio that includes research programs and competitions, knowledge translation, strategic planning, partnership, and evaluation & impact analysis. The Scientific Director will lead a high-performing team of three directors, each of whom oversees staff.
A solid understanding of the BC and Canadian health research and health/health system landscape is critical, as is deep experience with funding agencies. Examples of such experience include success at obtaining grant funding, serving as a principal investigator, and chairing and participating on review panels. Direct experience with funding agencies (e.g., in an advisory or staff role) is an asset.
The Scientific Director will have existing strong relationships within government, academia, funders, the health system and the community, and the ability to develop new ones as needed. They have demonstrated success as a leader of people at all levels. Finally the Scientific Director is passionate about enhancing MSFHR’s expertise and ability to contribute to a thriving health research enterprise in British Columbia.
Specific Responsibilities include:
How to Apply
If this sounds like you and you would like to play a role in maximizing the impact of health research in BC, please apply online at https://msfhr.bamboohr.co.uk/jobs/view.php?id=17. We thank everyone for their interest but only suitable candidates will be contacted.