Assistant Professor Neuroscience – University of Calgary

The Departments of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Biochemistry and Molecular Biologyhave joined forces with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) to invite applications for a full-time tenure track academic position at the Assistant Professor level.

Qualifications include a PhD and at least 2 years of postdoctoral training. Candidates must show evidence of ability to develop an independent research program that will integrate with and complement one or more of the nine HBI “NeuroTeams”. We are seeking to recruit a scientist who develops state-of-the-art optogenetic tools for neuroscience. The ideal candidate for this position will be a biochemist / cell biologist /chemist who develops and applies cutting-edge optogenetic tools to cellular and broader neuroscience questions. We are particularly interested in candidates who develop light-based tools that can be exploited to manipulate and report cellular activity, alter gene expression or be combined with advanced imaging techniques to track single molecules. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to build a productive and externally funded research program that fits with one or more of the nine “NeuroTeams”

The position provides 75% protected time for research, and will include expectations to contribute to undergraduate and graduate level teaching. This is an excellent opportunity to develop an independent, externally-funded research program within a highly collaborative environment. Generous startup packages to develop a vigorous research program are available through the HBI and Cumming School of Medicine.

Inspired by the vision “Healthy Brains for Better Lives”, the strategic goals of the HBI are to make key, internationally recognized discoveries and transform clinical research in the neurosciences and mental health. To achieve this goal the HBI has created a “NeuroDiscovery Framework”, which aligns research within three themes of Brain & Behaviour, Neural Injury & Repair and Healthy Brain Aging. Each theme is composed of NeuroTeams organized in a translational continuum, which includes basic, clinical, population and public health researchers. The teams build on a springboard environment of technologies, core facilities (such as photonics and advanced microscopy) and support programs that allow them to pursue their research goals. This highly enriched environment is ideally suited to foster research excellence.

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More details of this unique opportunity can found in the attached document at:

Potential applicants should submit by email a cover letter, academic CV, a statement of research interests (not to exceed 2 pages) and the names of three (3) referees, by August 1, 2016, to:

Dr. Jaideep Bains,
Professor and Chair of Search and Selection Committee
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 4N1


The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question in your cover letter: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

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