Research Scientist Positions

Research · Toronto, Ontario
Department Research
Employment Type Full Time - Professional Staff
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

For your application to be considered, please submit your application through our website at -, ensuring to include all required materials in one PDF document. 

The Vector Institute invites applications from a broad spectrum of world-class research scientists, ranging from those who study and develop core algorithms to those who explore the applications to real-world problems.



Research Scientists at the Vector Institute are world-class machine learning researchers who have the unique opportunity to independently determine their own research agenda in a research institute outside of a university. They can form an academic research group and supervise fully funded graduate students from affiliated universities once an appointment in a department at one of the affiliated universities is achieved. The appointment application process will be expected to run in parallel with the Vector hiring process.  Research Scientists are engaged in state-of-the-art research, publish at the highest international level, and contribute to the academic life and reputation of the Institute. They have the ability to work with the graduate students in the department in which they are affiliated as well as collaborate with the graduate students of other affiliated faculty, who spend the bulk of their time at the Institute. They dedicate time for Vector professional services (teaching professional development courses or working directly with sponsors on projects) in addition to committee work done by all faculty members.



The Vector Institute’s vision is to drive excellence in the creation of artificial intelligence, to use it to foster economic growth, and to improve the lives of Canadians. To that end, we have close ties to both academia and industry. This puts our Research Scientists in a unique position to contribute broadly. Successful contributions can range from developing core algorithmic techniques and theoretical analyses of machine learning algorithms, to working closely with companies and health organizations, to engaging in entrepreneurial activities.


The Vector Institute has extensive access to computing resources and data sets. Our professional software engineers improve researcher productivity through software platform development, ensuring research reproducibility, publishing open source code and data, and in readying code for commercial use. Our dedicated staff facilitate all aspects of engaging with Vector sponsors and affiliated institutions, as well as close ties to incubators for entrepreneurial activities.

On any given day, the Vector Institute houses over a hundred students, dozens of faculty members, and visitors. The daily life and concentration of expertise in the institute fosters collaboration and the exchange of ideas among its members through talks, seminar series, visitors, and tutorials.  



We are looking for people across a broad range of interests and levels of seniority. We encourage and support any combination of the following activities:

  1. Forming an academic research group, with students and postdocs, with limited teaching and grant-writing responsibilities
  2. Co-founding or participating in an early-stage company
  3. Working on real-world datasets and problems in hospitals, industry, non-profits, and/or other academic institutions


  • PhD or equivalent in Computer Science, Statistics, Electrical Engineering, or closely related technical field
  • Postdoctoral experience is desirable
  • An excellent publication record in machine learning
  • Expertise in a core area of machine learning, such as deep, unsupervised, and reinforcement learning, optimization, and theory; and/or applied machine learning, such as natural language, health, vision, robotics, medicine, biology, transportation, media, and finance
  • Supervisory experience is an asset
  • Experience working with industry or in a startup environment is an asset


The application must include one PDF document containing the following:

  • Cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Links to at least three recent publications
  • A research statement
  • Contact details of three references who can provide letters of recommendation upon request


We thank all applicants for their interest in this exciting opportunity and will be in touch with those whose qualifications most closely match with our needs.



We are reviewing Research Scientist applications on an ongoing basis. 


The Vector Institute is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


Further, we are committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity and accessibility. If you require an accommodation at any point throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact and we will happily work with you to meet your needs.

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  • Location
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full Time - Professional Staff
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor