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BioZone Executive Director

Executive Director, Biozone
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

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Reporting to the BioZone Scientific Director, and working closely with BioZone staff, the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) Advancement Team and the University of Toronto Innovations and Partnership Office (IPO), the Executive Director will play a leading role in the solicitation and oversight of funds to support BioZone operations on an on-going, sustainable basis. This will include: providing leadership in the development of a strategic plan for BioZone; playing a major role in writing proposals to a wide variety of potential funders, including granting councils, foundations, public sector agencies and the private sector; working with FASE Advancement and IPO on seeking out and developing relationships with potential donors; leading BioZone public relations activities, including coordination of major BioZone events; high level strategic oversight of BioZone contracts and accounts; full management responsibility for BioZone technical and administrative staff.

BioZone is a Centre for Applied Bioscience and Bioengineering Research. Our multi-disciplinary team of highly collaborative and dynamic professors, staff and students work at the interface of biology and engineering and share a common vision of transforming biology and engineering for a sustainable society. We use the most advanced and innovative biotechnology to address urgent societal needs in energy, environment, and health.

To learn more about the Centre and our work, visit



Minimum of a Master’s degree in biochemical engineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Ph.D. a strong asset.


5 – 7 years of related experience, including strong background in industrial biotechnology or related industrial experience. Demonstrated experience in research and research proposal writing. Demonstrated experience in research management. Experience with Public-Private Partnerships or related industrial experience. Experience managing staff effectively. Experience in business development that fosters growth opportunities between complementary organizations.


Demonstrated strong, practical understanding of strategic leadership with the ability to define vision and priorities, governance structures, organization design and resource plans, managing, developing and supporting staff, and in managing organizational change. Ability to manage funding initiatives with senior level individuals working in both public and private sector environments, to complete grant applications and manage budgets and status updates.


Ability to design and implement processes, policies and procedures, to work with students and support student projects, knowledge of information privacy and PHIPA legislation. Proven decision-making skills [e.g., track record of supporting the preparation and execution of successful large grant applications], demonstrated skills and experience managing and leading staff, preferably in a unionized environment. Results oriented, approachable, and collaborative management style. Ability to work with a high degree of independence and initiative. Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment. Superior communication skills to diverse audiences, including oral, written and presentation skills, ability to effectively develop presentation materials using a variety of tools (Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, etc.).

Closing Date: 01/31/2022,11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 4 — Hiring Zone: $93,345 – $108,904 — Broadband Salary Range: $93,345 – $155,575
Job Category: Research Administration & Teaching

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

Diversity Statement
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, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Opportunities for MASc, MEng, and PhD students

BioZone’s research is aimed directly at creating a world where:

  • everything we throw into our compost bins is converted efficiently into energy
  • algae are farmed to produce clean, renewable food and energy
  • natural enzymes are harnessed to convert crop residues into useful materials
  • computers are used to design living cells that make green consumer products and cheap and effective pharmaceuticals
  • bacteria are trained to clean up chemical pollutants in contaminated groundwater
  • damaged tissue in sick or injured people can be repaired using engineered cells
  • foods are enhanced with micronutrients to alleviate malnutrition around the world

Do you what to help? Ideal candidates will have a background in chemical engineering or applied microbiology, or both, have a practical, and a hands-on approach to research.

If you have applied to, or been accepted in, the University of Toronto’s MASc or MEng programs, and fit the description above, contact a BioZone Professor (link) and find out if this is the opportunity for you.

Interested industrial partners, please contact BioZone, at for more information.

New industrial partners are welcomed