World-class researcher to lead a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Gut Microbiota Dysmetabolism

Job Description


Université Laval, via two of its highly regarded research centers, namely, Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (CRIUCPQ) and Institut sur la nutrition et les aliments fonctionnels (INAF), is seeking a world-class researcher to lead a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Gut Microbiota Dysmetabolism ( The CERC program awards world-renowned researchers and their teams $10 million over seven years, and will be matched by other contributions, both public and private. The CERC is provided by the Canadian government and is considered among the most prestigious awards to establish innovative and competitive research programs at the international level. The Chair recipient will hold a tenured professor (full) position at Université Laval, which is recognized for its leadership and its culture of excellence in both teaching and research. Being one of the oldest universities in America, Université Laval has more than 2,600 professors, 48,000 students and is known for its 267 centers, chairs, institutes and research groups. It has an outstanding reputation in obesity research and chronic diseases associated with its complications (18th in obesity research among 30,223 international institutions according to Thompson Reuters — the highest ranked Canadian institution —

The CERC in Gut Microbiota Dysmetabolism is aimed at providing Canada with exceptional leadership to catalyze a unique and invigorating research program focused on microbiota alterations that link obesity to gastrointestinal and cardiometabolic diseases that compromise healthy living. Specifically, it aims at investigating (i) the mechanisms whereby the dysregulated gut microbiota promotes obesity-linked inflammation and the development of type 2 diabetes (T2D), cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and (ii) how nutritional, surgical and behavioral interventions can alter the gut microbiota to improve metabolic, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. This is critical knowledge to define novel approaches for the prevention of obesity and its pathological complications, which carry enormous socio-economic burden. The creation of the CERC in Gut Microbiota Dysmetabolism responds directly to the current priorities of Canada’s and Québec’s main publicly-funded health research agencies — the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQ-S), the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC). Through substantial collaborations and highly qualified personnel (HQP) training, the Chair will complement other existing Chairs at Université Laval, to implement a leadership (arguably scarce worldwide) in the interactions between the gut microbiota, obesity and the metabolic and nutritional determinants of T2D, NAFLD and CVD. Finally, the implementation of the CERC in Gut Microbiota Dysmetabolism will stimulate and magnify scientific, healthcare and economic benefits to Canada and internationally.

How to Apply

The sought CERC holder is expected to bridge basic, nutritional and clinical research related to the cardiometabolic and gastrointestinal complications of obesity. He/She is expected to have an exceptional research track record in clinical or basic research that ostensibly demonstrates an international recognition and impact. As both the CRIUCPQ and INAF are considered leading research centers in obesity and nutrition research in Canada, and are well recognized internationally, it is felt that this prestigious Chair is timely and critical to enhance our expertise and knowledge in the gut microbiota and its central role in modulating obesity and its comorbidities by various treatment approaches. Recruitment of a top-level Chairperson will consolidate current collaborations among researchers in both CRIUCPQ and INAF while creating novel opportunities for further increasing our leadership in the field through joining our complementary expertise in the development of this new Chair program. Valuing diversity, Université Laval encourages all qualified individuals to apply, particularly women, visible and ethnic minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. Université Laval being a French-language institution, one expects that the recipient of the Chair, should he/she be non-francophone, to master the French language within a reasonable period of time.

Job application limit deposit date: January 18, 2015

Sophie D’Amours
Vice-rectorat à la recherche et à la création
Pavillon des Sciences de l’éducation
2320, rue des Bibliothèques
Québec (Québec) Canada, G1V 0A6

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