null Call for expressions of interest: Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)

The RI-MUHC is seeking a dynamic and strategic leader to serve as its next Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer (ED/CSO).

Apr 4, 2019

Location: Montreal, QC.

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is one of the world’s foremost academic health centres with a vision to assure exceptional and integrated patient-centric care, research, teaching and technology assessment. Through its affiliation with McGill University, each year over 3,000 people train at the MUHC, and the institution carries out leading-edge clinical, evaluative and fundamental research through the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI-MUHC).

With a budget of over $180 million, the RI-MUHC is home to 446 active members supported by 1,100 staff. In collaboration with its vital partners in 62 countries around the globe, the RI-MUHC brings real change to health care while positioning the MUHC as a world-class centre of excellence in patient-centred medicine. 

The RI-MUHC is seeking a dynamic and strategic leader who combines boldness of vision with an exceptional track record of research and scientific accomplishment to serve as its next Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer (ED/CSO).

Reporting to the RI-MUHC Board of Directors, the ED/CSO directs and manages all research activities of the RI-MUHC, ensuring alignment with the priorities of the MUHC and McGill University. The ED/CSO serves as the key brand ambassador for the RI-MUHC, at home and on the international stage, and provides proactive leadership in developing policies, practices and investments that will have a positive impact on organizational goals. The ED/CSO works seamlessly with the President and Executive Director of the MUHC and, as a key member of the MUHC Executive Team, contributes directly and indirectly to all strategic and operational matters.

One of the new ED/CSO’s principal tasks will be to lead the development of RI-MUHC’s next strategic plan. In collaboration with diverse stakeholders and partners, the ED/CSO will need to articulate a compelling, innovative, clear, ethical and inclusive vision that addresses challenges and opportunities in health care and life sciences through to 2030.

The ED/CSO holds a four-year renewable appointment and holds the title of Full Professor with tenure at McGill University. 

As an ideal candidate you are a highly respected research leader holding a MD or PhD and a track record of success in defining and leading the strategic direction of research organizations. The RI-MUHC will benefit from your bringing proven management experience in a life-sciences research setting and your excellent understanding of the full research value chain, from bench to bedside to business to community. Your strong international network of contacts stand to positively influence the RI-MUHC’s reputation and performance. You are an exceptional communicator and relationship builder who excels in complex multi-stakeholder organizations. Perhaps most importantly, your strong entrepreneurial spirit and highly collaborative leadership inspires others to push the boundaries of knowledge and science in open and innovative ways (see Call for Expressions of Interest PDF for more information).

To apply for this position, submit your letter of interest and Curriculum Vitae by e-mail to and , indicating clearly the title of the position in the subject line, no later than 5 p.m. (E.S.T.) on May 10, 2019.  

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

Call for expressions of interest Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre [pdf]