Career opportunity: Chief Scientific Officer, Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC)

TORONTO, ON CANADA ( - This newly created position of Chief Scientific Officer offers a unique opportunity to play a vital leadership role within Prostate Cancer Canada’s research mission.

As part of our plan to take a lead role in national prostate cancer research, we will partner with other national and international cancer foundations to direct research focus and support translational research that will bring innovative ideas to the clinic and to the patients. At the same time, we will encourage and support collaboration within research institutions and between institutions nationally and internationally by introducing new funding programs. That’s where the Chief Scientific Officer comes in.


Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Scientific Officer will: 

  • take us to the next level by spearheading the development of a multi-year research plan that will translate into a strategic plan
  • assume in-house scientific/medical leadership for PCC, and help us make measurable progress towards significantly impacting the quality of life for men living with prostate cancer within the next decade
  • take charge of all aspects of a research strategy focused on understanding the cause of, as well as the treatment and cure for, prostate cancer
  • work with the CEO, CFO and Board to develop, guide and oversee future research-related strategic directions
  • represent PCC at national and international meetings, events, conferences and discussions with government and scientific and medical organizations
  • play an active role in PCC’s overall strategic planning/operating plan and budget
  • develop, monitor and improve a superior peer-review program for prostate cancer research
  • recommend criteria for, and approve, grants and awards
  • ensure compliance with conflict-of-interest and transparency policies
  • implement metrics for program evaluation and use data to guide further developments and modifications of research plan and programs
  • identify, and advise on, emerging trends in prostate cancer research
  • monitor progress and success of research projects and programs
  • approve PCC communications and public service vehicles pertaining to science, medicine and prostate cancer research
  • recommend new types of research investments and priorities
  • participate actively in raising funds for research
  • foster relationships with the prostate cancer research and clinical communities in Canada
  • become a major voice of prostate cancer research in Canada
  • act as an active member of Canadian medical societies
  • represent PCC interests in national policy forums and organizations
  • work with provincial and national funding organizations to develop partnerships and synergistic programs


As the Chief Scientific Officer we seek, you will have the following profile: 


  • You are a strong champion with a passion for the cause.
  • You have leadership and management experience in a health research setting.
  • Your 5 or more years of experience with an organization focused on scientific and medical advancements include involvement in the grant writing and adjudication process.
  • You are a persuasive communicator – orally and in writing – with a track record of engagement with multiple stakeholders at a national level.
  • You are adept at liaising with scientific and non-scientific audiences alike.
  • You hold a PhD and/or MD.
  • You are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Ideally, you can function in both French and English.


About Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC)

Our vision at Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) is to become the global leader in the fight against prostate cancer. We act as the primary support resource for men diagnosed with the disease, and for their families. For more information about Prostate Cancer Canada and this exciting opportunity, visit our website at

Please send your resume, by July 31, 2011, quoting “Chief Scientific Officer” in the subject line, to . You may also contact: Michele MacEachern, Manager, Human Resources, Prostate Cancer Canada, 2 Lombard Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5C 1M1. We thank you for your interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration regulations, we accord preference to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.