Moving Medicine Forward
The Department of Medicine and the Division of Neurology at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital is recruiting a Clinician-Scientist with expertise in Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis. The successful candidate would have 70% protected time for research. Through the Department of Medicine and Division of Neurology, early career support would be established.
The successful applicant will join an established MS program that is a dynamic subspecialty in Ottawa with a well-developed clinic treating over 5,000 active patients. The MS team has an established clinical research group conducting both investigator-driven and industry-supported clinical trials. The MS team is a pillar of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Institute, bringing together basic scientists and clinicians from across the academic environment to focus on translational research in MS and CNS demyelinating conditions.
The incumbent will be expected to engage in program development including: 1) evaluation and management of MS patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting, including subspecialty clinics; 2) interpret diagnostic standard evaluations including MRI; 3) teach medical students and neurology residents in outpatient general neurology clinics and on the neurology inpatient-consultation service; and 4) educate fellows. It is also expected that the candidate would develop their own research program with the goal to become an independent researcher.
The MS Clinic regularly trains Residents and Fellows, and it is expected that the successful candidate will be involved in the Fellowship program and aid in the teaching experience brought to our trainees. The MS Clinic includes 6 full time Neurologists, 2 full time administrative assistants, 4 full-time RNs and 1 part-time RPN as well as a drug navigator for specialty medicines. The research clinic has 2 full time administrative assistants and 4 research coordinators.
The successful candidate will participate in the Neurology on-call rotation on a regular basis and inpatient/outpatient general neurology services as required. This position reports to the Head of the Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa.
The ideal candidate will be a neurologist with additional translational science fellowship training in neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis. The successful candidate will be fellowship trained with at least one (1) year, but preferably two (2) or more years in neuroimmunology and MS. A track record of peer-reviewed publications and grants is also desired. Translational research experience in neuroimmune conditions is an asset.
The successful candidate must hold an MD degree; be a member of, or be eligible to be a member of, the Canadian Medical Protective Association; have, or be eligible for certification in Neurology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; and have, or be eligible for, licensure in Ontario. The successful candidate will be eligible to hold an academic appointment at the rank of an Assistant Professor or higher at the University of Ottawa within the Department of Medicine. Academic rank is commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.
The University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital are bilingual institutions and therefore in the case of potentially successful candidates of equal ability, a bilingual (French/English) candidate would be preferred.
The Division of Neurology has 34 part-time and full-time members with a focus in neuromuscular, MS, neuro-ophthalmology, movement disorders, epilepsy and stroke. Members of the Division have a wide range of basic and clinical research skills including in epidemiology, ethics and trial design.
The Ottawa Hospital is a 1150 bed tertiary-care hospital serving Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec at four inpatient sites (Civic, General, Heart Institute, and the Rehabilitation Centre) and one ambulatory centre (Riverside). There are approximately 50,000 inpatient admissions, 160,000 emergency visits and over one million outpatient visits annually.
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is TOH’s research arm. It ranks fourth out of more than 600 Canadian hospitals for competitive, peer-reviewed grants from the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research. OHRI houses over 2,200 researchers, publishing more than 2,000 studies yearly, with hundreds being high impact publications (top 10% or citations) and places 5th overall in Canada for research funding.
The Department of Medicine is a research-intensive Department. Members currently hold 28 University Research Chairs. The Department receives approximately $60 million per year in external research funding and members publish approximately 1200 peer-reviewed publications annually.
The Faculty of Medicine is a nationally recognized leader, ranked among Canada’s top-tier medical faculties. The Faculty ranks 3rd in Canada for research intensity in Medicine/Science (Maclean’s) and 4th in Canada for citations (2022 THE rankings). The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world and the first and largest bilingual medical school in Canada. The Faculty of Medicine has a long history of conducting the highest quality basic and clinical research, in close partnership with affiliated hospitals and research institutes. The Web of Science recently published a list of the most highly cited researchers in the world, where seven out of eight researchers identified from the uOttawa are from the Faculty of Medicine. Together, these remarkable achievements are a strong testament to the competitiveness and excellence of our Faculty.
The Department of Medicine is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in our work environment. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. We encourage qualified applicants from all groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity to apply. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the recruitment process.
Please note Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The income for this position is derived from a variety of sources including but not limited to clinical billings (fee-for-service), salary support (AFP) as well as honorariums/stipends. Health and welfare benefits including extended health, dental and disability insurance as well as life insurance are offered to full-time physicians.
The City of Ottawa provides a thriving multicultural and bilingual environment. Ottawa boasts numerous cultural activities as well as readily accessible sporting and natural resources, making it an ideal family and healthy living environment.