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Professor in preclinical or translational research in neonatal or pediatric critical care

Université de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke (City), Quebec (CA)
The working conditions are governed by the collective agreement
Closing date
May 26, 2024

Job Details

The Université de Sherbrooke is seeking applications for a position as professor whose research program focuses in preclinical or translational research in neonatal or pediatrics critical care. This is a full-time tenure track position in the Pediatric Department of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

About the Faculty

Basic, applied and clinical research are key strengths of our institution. The Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences enjoys a first-class reputation thanks to its educational innovations, its constant adaptation to society’s changing needs and to the success of its world-class research teams. It stands out among the international elite as the only faculty in Canada and the only Francophone faculty in the world to be designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Health Science Education and Practice.

About the Department

The Pediatrics Department has 74 professors, including 10 recognized research teams led by clinical investigators or fundamental researchers.

Members of the department teach in the MD program and the graduate programs in Immunology, Physiology, Health Sciences, Radiation/Imaging Sciences and Biochemistry. The ongoing construction of the new mother-child care centre will soon provide the ideal conditions for the transfer of knowledge in areas ranging from preclinical research to pediatric patients.

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We are seeking exceptional candidates with a PhD degree with postdoctoral expertise in preclinical or translational research applied to critical care in neonatology or pediatric, with experience in preclinical large animals models. This preclinical research training should be applicable to critical care in the areas of respiratory or cardiovascular, neuroinflammation or neurodevelopment; it can also be in the field of critical care in the broad sense, including the development of biomedical technologies.

The Department of Pediatrics is especially eager to bridge the gap between research in neonatal respiratory pathologies – which represents a 40-year-old tradition in our institution – and research centers in critical care, neuroscience, imaging and physiology. The availability of models on large animals (sheep and pigs) is a major asset allowing in the development of a research theme that faithfully reproduces the care offered to newborns and children in the context of intensive care. The candidate will have to develop his own research program, but will also have to establish rich collaborations with researchers in basic and clinical sciences, in a unique environment allowing him to stand out from the researchers of other institutions in Quebec and Canada.

The research program should be structured around critical care in neonatology or paediatrics, as well as to the long-term consequences resulting therefrom.

The successful candidate must establish and maintain an independent, externally funded research program and obtain salary support from external sources (e.g. FRQS). The successful candidate must collaborate actively with researchers in the Department of Pediatrics, especially with the ovine research team. The candidate is also expected to collaborate with researchers from the Université de Sherbrooke Centre of Excellence for Maternal-Child Research and with members of the Université de Sherbrooke Centre of Excellence for Neurosciences. Collaborations may also be developed with researchers from the Department of Immunology and Cell Biology and the Sherbrooke Molecular Imaging Centre. These internationally recognized groups constitute ideal settings for the development of an active and innovative research program and strong leadership on the national and international stages. All Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences researchers have access to state-of-the-art scientific equipment and to an interdisciplinary research environment

The successful candidate must have experience in teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. Knowledge of French, or a commitment to learn the language in the short term, is essential.

Main duties

  • Teach at undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Develop an independent research program structured around critical care in neonatology and/or paediatric.
  • Supervise graduate and doctoral students.
  • Participate in university life.
  • Contribute to community service.


  • Hold a PhD degree with postdoctoral expertise in preclinical research on large animals applied to critical care in neonatology or pediatrics.
  • Have a marked interest in university pedagogy and teaching as well as for research, development, and innovation.
  • Have a marked interest in research (disciplinary, interdisciplinary) and in the transfer of knowledge and innovation.
  • Demonstrate good ability to supervise graduate students.
  • Have a publication record in peer-reviewed journals of international standing, testifying to an excellent research record.
  • Demonstrate skills in establishing and maintaining good interpersonal relations, a sense of collaboration, and teamwork skills.
  • Demonstrate qualities of leadership and initiative as well as outstanding skills in communicating and effectively and harmoniously interacting with various internal and external partners.
  • Ability to comply with the requirements of responsible research conduct.
  • Have the ability to teach in French or to achieve this ability in a reasonable period of time.

Work conditions

The working conditions are governed by the collective agreements in force.

Regular full-time tenure-track position.

Anticipated start date: 2024.

Application process

Check our website then submit your application online. For this opportunity, see offer 06904.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on June 26, 2024.

Please attach:

  1. Your curriculum vitae
  2. A motivational letter
  3. A research-program proposal. The research-program proposal (maximum of two pages) should, in particular, broach the main axes in relationship to your past targeted objectives, brief program of activities, integration with the priority themes of the Faculty, training of highly qualified personnel who will be called on to take part, funding options and networking;
  4. Reprints of your most relevant recent contributions;

In addition, please send three (3) letters of recommendation, directly from the signatories, to the following address:

Frédéric Dallaire MD PhD

Directeur du Centre de recherche mère-enfant

Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé

Job posting 06904

Université de Sherbrooke

3001, 12eme avenue nord

J1H5N4 – Sherbrooke

QC – Canada



Located in Canada, in the Province of Quebec, the Université de Sherbrooke is a French-speaking institution that offers you the opportunity to benefit from an academic education that is recognized and valued around the world.

The Université de Sherbrooke is host to more than 31 700 students, and another 6000 who are registered at the University of the Third Age.

Currently, more than 2600 foreign students from 104 countries worldwide attend the Université de Sherbrooke. More than 85% of the students enrolled at the Université are from outside Sherbrooke.

There are 7878 employees at the Université de Sherbrooke, including 4100 professors, lecturers and the clinical professors at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

UdeS has three campuses offering an enviable and sought after environment:

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