Chair in Addiction Policy

  • Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Mar 10, 2020
Full time Other

Job Description

 The Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto invites applications for the position of Chair in Addiction Policy. This is a joint chair between The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH). This appointment will be at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Candidates must have a University of Toronto academic appointment to be considered. The successful candidate is anticipated to start by June 1, 2020. 

We are seeking a senior academic with a strong evidence of teaching and research and policy development in health systems with strong foci on addiction policy and mental health promotion. The candidate is expected to have a PhD or an advanced professional degree (MD/JD) with a Master’s Degree and extensive research and teaching experience. They will have experience in public health and/or health systems research and understand the intersection of policy, practice and scholarship in improving mental health and addictions services. A particular interest in health promotion, addressing health equity and addressing the broader determinants of health is essential. We are seeking an individual with substantial peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals and sustained research funded by peer reviewed agencies. The selected candidate must possess excellent communication skills, and have experience in, enthusiasm for, and an established track record in teaching and mentoring professional and graduate master’s degree students and PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. The position requires an individual who will promote active academic citizenship and a trans-disciplinary team approach to problem-solving through scientific research, teaching and service to the community, in Canada and globally.

Responsibilities of the Dalla Lana Chair in Addiction Policy include facilitating leading-edge research in addiction policy among scientists at CAMH, academic colleagues in DLSPH and cognate university departments. The research will address addiction policy work encompassing the broad determinants of health, innovative approaches to health promotion and disease prevention, and the quality and cost of improved models of health care. The Chair will also interface with policy research in the area of mental health promotion. The Chair-holder will play a pivotal research role in building strong, collaborative relationships between CAMH and DLSPH at the University of Toronto, as well as with many partners in local research institutes, teaching hospitals and community organizations. The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate students, supervise students in research MSc/PhD programs and professional programs, and lead innovative programs for continuing education. Also, the Chair is expected to play a key role in the inter-department graduate level Collaborative Specialization in Addiction Studies.

The initial term for the Endowed Chair is a 5-year term with a possibility for renewal. The holder of the Chair will provide an annual report of his/her teaching and research activities to the Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

All interested candidates are invited to send their application to Dean Adalsteinn Brown by email to:  Applications should include a letter of application stating your professional experience and goals along with curriculum vitae. Professional references will also be required. If you have any questions about this position, please contact

Reference letters are not required at the time of submission. Referees of candidates who have made it through the initial screening process will be contacted to provide a reference letter. Please ensure that the names and current contact details of three referees are included in your application package.

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2020.

For more information on the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, please visit our websites at

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job Category

Advisor, Research


Toronto, ON