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Canada Research Chair Tier II, Behavioural Neuroscience of the Adolescent Brain, Department of Psychology

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Job ID: 13423

Updated: December 4, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Behavioural Neuroscience of the Adolescent Brain. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (with tenure), and will be nominated for a CRC Tier II. The University of Calgary requires the successful candidate will have a PhD in neuroscience or psychology, and relevant post-doctoral experience. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Candidates who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and who have had career breaks, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc., may have their eligibility for a Tier II Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. Please visit the Government of Canada’s CRC website for more information about the program, including eligibility criteria.

The Chair will establish an active research program that focuses on adolescent brain development, supported by external funding, and aligned with the University of Calgary’s, and the Faculty of Arts' strategic plans. Additionally, the Chair will play an important role in teaching and research supervision of students in Psychology undergraduate and graduate programs. Service to the department, faculty, University, and community is also expected.

The Chair will have the opportunity to be part of a prolific and diverse research environment in the Department of Psychology, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, with access to state of the art core infrastructure. Outstanding opportunities for collaboration are available with established research programs in child and adult mental health, developmental disorders, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, or movement disorders. If nomination for CRC Tier II is successful, the incumbent will be offered a 75% reduction in teaching for the duration of the Chair appointment.

The successful candidate at the Assistant Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a track record of publications in high quality journals, securing external research funding, and effectiveness in teaching at the University level.

The successful candidate at the Associate Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a strong track record of publications in high quality journals, evidence of securing ongoing external research funding, effectiveness in teaching at the University level, and evidence of effective graduate student supervision.

The Department of Psychology is a research-intensive department with high standards in teaching. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourage collaboration. For more information about the Department, please visit

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) supports excellence in research, innovation and knowledge translation to improve the health and well-being of children from pre-conception to adulthood, and whose vision is a healthier and more prosperous future for our children through research. For more information about ACHRI, please visit

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) leads the University of Calgary’s Brain and Mental Health Strategic Research Theme. For more information, please visit The primary strategic research goal of the HBI is to achieve internationally recognized key discoveries and transformative clinical research in the neurosciences and mental health. For more information about the HBI, please visit

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link and include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests (not to exceed two pages)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy/teaching dossier

Three (3) reference letters should be sent directly to the chair of the academic selection committee, Richard Dyck, via email to

Questions may be addressed to:

Richard Dyck, PhD,
Department of Psychology,
University of Calgary,
2500 University Dr. NW,
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada

Applications are accepted until September 15, 2017.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here; in particular, we encourage members of the four designated groups (women, Aboriginal People, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding diversity or requests for accommodation can be sent to Human Resources (

Additional Information

To view a listing of all available academic opportunities and to find out more about what the University of Calgary has to offer, please visit our Academic Careers website.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.  


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