Managing Director

The McDonald Institute at Queen’s University is seeking a scientific-minded individual with a people-first approach to management, for the position of Managing Director (MD). The MD is responsible for executing on the strategic direction of the Institute, including creating a collaborative environment that brings staff, researchers, government, and other stakeholders together for the purpose of conducting astroparticle physics research. To be successful in the role, the incumbent will need to be collaborative, strategic, and knowledgeable in the field of scientific research, with a background in project and team leadership.

The position is a continuing appointment reporting to the Scientific Director of the MI. As a premier research institute at Queen’s University, the MD’s appointment is within the Vice-Principal Research Portfolio. The incumbent will leverage centralized administrative resources in addition to managing specialized personnel to support the McDonald Institute’s strategic direction. The MD role may include supporting other initiatives with the purview of the Vice-Principal Research in a similar capacity based on operational needs.

The McDonald Institute, was founded on the Nobel Prize winning research by Dr. Arthur McDonald conducted at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, and has grown into a diverse multi-institutional, world leading hub for research in the field. The MD will have the autonomy to use their creative and strategic acumen to realize opportunities and address challenges, ensuring this will be a challenging and rewarding opportunity. Additionally, this will be an interesting opportunity for anyone passionate about science, as they will be on the forefront of answers to interesting scientific questions, such as how the universe began, where is it going, and how it works. This opportunity has the potential to evolve as the VPR Strategic Initiative portfolio expands over time.

If you are a collaborative, strategic, science research professional, we encourage you to apply.

Read the full job description for key responsibilities and special skills.


  • University degree in business or science and will possess several years of experience in scientific/research program administration and management, stakeholder engagement, communications/knowledge mobilization and/or business/commercialization.
  • Several years of progressively responsible management experience, including supervision of administrative and technical staff.
  • Proven operations experience within the academic research sector developing and implementing innovative policies and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the development of strategic and operational planning processes; oversee, monitor, track and evaluate organizational progress towards milestones and performance targets; and plan, deliver and report on strategic meetings and events.
  • Extensive national contacts and the ability to speak both official languages, English and French, would be assets in this role.