Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Department of Psychiatry, Mood and Anxiety – McGill University

Position description

The Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and the Douglas Research Centre are currently inviting applications for a full-time tenure track position in the field of molecular psychiatry, with a focus on the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders. This will be a three-year, renewable appointment. We are seeking applicants working with animal models who have a strong expertise in the molecular/genomic characterization of brain circuitries. Expertise in single-cell approaches constitutes an asset. The successful applicant will hold an academic appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

McGill is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities with students from over 140 countries. The university is located in Montreal, a cosmopolitan city with great cultural and linguistic diversity. It has long been considered a leader in both neuroscience as well as in the development of MRI acquisition and analysis methods that support a large spectrum of basic and clinical research endeavours. Strong training programs in Biological and Biomedical Engineering, the Integrated Program in Neuroscience, Psychiatry, and Quantitative Life Sciences favour the development of strong multidisciplinary research teams.

With over 55 researchers spanning a full range of mental health research (neuroscience, clinical, services, policy and epidemiology/population health), the Douglas Research Centre has been an international leader in mental health research for more than 30 years. Integrated within the Douglas Institute, a psychiatric hospital, and the much larger Montreal West-Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre, the Douglas Research Centre also offers significant opportunities for carrying out research in collaboration with a wide range of nearby mental health services.

Job Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct cutting-edge research in the field of mood and anxiety disorders, developing a fundamental, disease-relevant research program  augmenting current work in this topic area in the Research Centre and Department of Psychiatry. They will be expected to independently acquire funds to support the training of graduate students at the MSc and Ph.D. level, disseminate research findings through peer-reviewed publications and other knowledge translation and exchange activities, and participate actively in all aspects of the Research Centre and McGill’s academic missions.

Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas (research, teaching, supervision of graduate students and involvement in academic and administrative committees).

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Candidates must:

  • Have a PhD in Neuroscience, Health Sciences, or a related field and have completed advanced postdoctoral training;
  • Exhibit evidence of both an exceptionally strong research productivity and the ability to attract competitive funding;
  • Demonstrate proven potential to advance the field of neuroscience;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and, accordance with circumstances, a track record in equity, diversity, and inclusiveness (EDI).

A working knowledge of French, or a commitment to acquiring it within a few years of appointment is preferred.

Faculty/Department/Unit: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry
Employee Type: Tenure-Track (‘Academic Tenure Stream’)
Rank: Assistant Professor
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
Job Status: Full-time

Posting Period: 30 days from date of posting

The following supporting documents are required:

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research
  • Names and contact information of three referees

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McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence,

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.