Assistant Professor in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science – University of Guelph

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science
College: College of Social & Applied Human Sciences
Department: Psychology
Date Posted: July 15, 2022
Deadline: August 15, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #22-57

Position Description:

The Psychology Department at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Sciences (NACS) area. Salary will be negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants using rodent models are particularly encouraged to apply. The University has an exceptional neuroscience research community, spanning nine Departments across four Colleges, and provides an excellent collaborative atmosphere. It is expected that the successful candidate will show evidence for the capacity to develop and maintain an innovative and extramurally funded research program.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential to provide effective and innovative research supervision and teaching to a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students. Our Department is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and we maintain a standing – and active – EDI committee. For more information on equity, diversity, and inclusion, see the Department’s EDI statement.

Applicants should have:

Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, or equivalent.
Post-doctoral training or equivalent.
A strong plan for a research program that complements the strengths of the NACS area and attracts high-quality graduate students.
A proven capacity (or strong potential) to obtain external support for research.
A record of publishing in scholarly journals.
A strong potential and commitment to excellent teaching and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.

This is an exciting time of growth for our Psychology Department. We are conducting searches for five positions in the Industrial-Organizational, Applied Social, Clinical, and Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science areas. As such, the successful candidate will join the department together with a cohort of enthusiastic and well-supported early career scholars. Our wider department reflects a collegial and welcoming academic community that aims to support a diverse range of people and perspectives in an inclusive work environment.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our university community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on August 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research interests detailing the candidate’s specific area of expertise, plan of future independent research program (including how this program might be leveraged to obtain extramural funding), ways the candidate’s research program will synergize with the Department’s research environment; (4) a teaching statement detailing the candidate’s teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence (or potential for excellence), and strategies used to promote inclusion and support a diverse community in research lab and classrooms settings. The statement may include teaching experiences across undergraduate and graduate classroom-based teaching (e.g., names of courses one has taught or could teach), research advising, and mentorship; (5) up to three representative publications (including a brief synopsis of their impact or potential for impact and how they fit within the planned research program), and (6) the names, roles, and contact information of three research/academic references.

Contact information

Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Ian R Newby-Clark
Professor & Chair
Department of Psychology
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.