Tenure Stream Position in Behavioural Neuroscience – University of Toronto Scarborough

The Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Behavioural Neuroscience. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.

We seek applications from candidates with an excellent research record in fundamental neurobiological mechanisms of behaviour in non-human animals, including rats, mice and other vertebrates. Applicants must demonstrate an integrative, multidisciplinary approach in their research. Areas of interest may range from molecular and cellular to systems level approaches, and must complement existing departmental strengths at UTSC in the fields of learning and memory, motivation, emotion, addiction, cognition and neurodevelopment.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Psychology, or a closely related field, by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. They must also have an emerging record of excellence in research as demonstrated by publications in top ranked and field relevant academic journals or a research pipeline that is at high international levels, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovation and independent research at the highest international level and to provide evidence of an ability to build an excellent, competitive, world-class externally funded research program.

The candidate must also demonstrate excellence in teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier, a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and the teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will provide evidence of readiness to undertake undergraduate and graduate research supervision and teaching and be expected to perform standard professional and administrative activities typical of a department and/or university. Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The appointment is at the University of Toronto Scarborough, which is a research-intensive campus with a new, state of the art vivarium facility and access to a CFI-funded Centre for Neurobiology of Stress. The campus is also committed to interdisciplinary research collaborations and boasts a multicultural student body, a modern campus surrounded by parklands and green spaces, and access to a recently opened Pan Am athletic centre. The position offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities of the world.

The Department of Psychology at UTSC includes faculty members with interests in behavioural neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology. For more information about our department faculty, please visit our home page: www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~psych.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online at https://uoft.me/1903424. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, three recent publications, and a teaching dossier to include a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations (supplementary information related to demonstrated teaching effectiveness is encouraged).

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also encouraged to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): the development of inclusive pedagogies; the recruitment/mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. If you have questions about this position, please email psychologyapplications@ utsc.utoronto.ca. All applications must be submitted online by Thursday October 31, 2019.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Applicants must also arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation (on letterhead, signed and scanned), addressed to Prof. Suzanne Erb (Chair), to be sent directly by the referee to: psychology-applications@utsc.utoronto.ca. Reference letters must be received by the closing date of October 31, 2019.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

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

Contact information

If you have questions about this position, please email psychologyapplications@ utsc.utoronto.ca. All applications must be submitted online by Thursday October 31, 2019.

Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

Applicants must also arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation (on letterhead, signed and scanned), addressed to Prof. Suzanne Erb (Chair), to be sent directly by the referee to: psychology-applications@utsc.utoronto.ca. Reference letters must be received by the closing date of October 31, 2019.

Posting end date: 2019/11/01

Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs in Stem Cell Biology at Simon Fraser University

The Faculty of Science is building capacity in the area of stem cell biology and we seek outstanding candidates who engage in basic stem cell biology and investigate mechanisms with translational research opportunities relevant to disease. One chairholder will work in the area of developmental neuroscience or neurodegeneration, while the other is open, with a preference for cancer, cardiac, or immunological stem cell research. Presently, we have several facilities and Centres related to this initiative. For example, please see information on The Centre for Cell Biology, Development, and Disease; The Centre for High-Throughput Chemical Biology; Neuroscience research on campus; and related cell biological facilities.

Our active local collaborations include partners such as StemCell Technologies, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR), the BC Cancer Agency, and the University of British Columbia (UBC). Additionally, in January 2020 we are submitting a $24M infrastructure grant to the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in collaboration with UBC and BCCHR in support of a regional stem cell facility.

We are seeking emerging leaders in stem cell biology that will be highly collaborative with SFU faculty, regional hospitals, and industry partners. They are also expected to bring innovative experimental approaches or novel modes of exploiting existing methods to complement and expand strengths at SFU. Candidates with experience, or an interest, in applying automated high-throughput screening and/or analysis to stem cells are preferred.

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Posting end date: 2019-10-15

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Research Assistant – University of Victoria – Brown Lab


Dr. Craig Brown’s laboratory in the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria in British Columbia is now accepting applications for a Full-time Research Assistant position to beginning in the fall of 2019. Dr. Brown’s research program is interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms of brain plasticity and repair. To address these questions, the lab employs a multi-disciplinary approach, imaging the structure and function of neurons, microglial and endothelial cells in the living brain in tandem with genetic, biochemical, pharmacological and behavioural approaches.


The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to assist in ongoing research projects that include but are not limited to:

  • performing surgery in mice
  • protein and mRNA quantification and analysis (western blot, ELISA, qPCR, PCR, RNA seq, Gene Ontology analysis)
  • histology (immunohistochemistry, tissue sectioning) and fluorescence microscopy (widefield, confocal, 2-photon)
  • general lab maintenance and ordering of supplies


The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, hard working, responsible, independent and passionate about research and possess the following qualifications.

  • Hold, at a minimum, an MSc degree and 2 years of research experience working in a neuroscience, biochemistry or related research lab;
  • Preference will go to candidates with extensive experience performing animal surgery and molecular biology assays;
  • Candidates with expertise using fluorescence microscopy, electrophysiology, testing rodent behavior tests are also encouraged to apply for this position ;
  • Able to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks effectively, with a strong attention to detail

Salary will be commensurate with the level of experience.


For more information, and to apply, please contact Dr. Brown (brownc@uvic.ca) or his website: https://www.uvic.ca/medsci/people/faculty/browncraig.php


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Dr. Craig Brown

Associate Professor, Division of Medical Sciences

University of Victoria


University of Manitoba / MITACs Accelerate Postdoctoral Position


Neuroscience/Neuropharmacology – 3 years

*Must be either Canadian citizen or hold permanent residence of Canada.

The MITACs funded project is directed by Dr. Paul Fernyhough, St Boniface Hospital Research Centre, in collaboration with WinSanTor Inc, San Diego. The work is focused on identifying novel peptides derived from snake venom that exhibit nerve growth enhancing capability. In silico chemistry will design novel peptides for screening in adult neuron cultures. Subsequent studies will investigate mechanism of action via GPCR pathways. See Calcutt et al, 2017, J Clin Invest for background information.

Qualifications: Must hold a PhD in neurobiology or related field (e.g. cell biology, biology or pharmacology). Prior experience with signal transduction, cell culture, gene expression studies, genetic manipulation and/or fluorescence microscopy would be advantageous.

Salary: $30,000 – $35,000 per annum

How to apply: Send cover letter, CV and names of 3 references to Kelly Jorundson at email: kjorund@sbrc.ca

Contact information:

Kelly Jorundson
Administrative Manager
Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders
St. Boniface Research Centre
R4046 – 351 Tache Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 2A6 CANADA

Email: kjorund@sbrc.ca

Posting end date:  2019/11/30

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Postdoctoral Position in Systems Neuroscience – University of Toronto Scarborough

The Arruda-Carvalho lab is looking for a highly motivated applicant to lead a collaborative, HFSP-funded project focusing on the neural mechanisms of fear generalization in mice. The project will include experiments spanning behaviour, slice electrophysiology, stereotaxic surgery, fiber photometry and optogenetics. The project is part of a collaborative grant with the Grewe lab in the University of Zurich and the Kheirbeck lab at UCSF.

We are looking for applicants with a PhD in neuroscience, biology, psychology or closely related field. Experience with rodent research is necessary. Experience with slice electrophysiology (whole cell patch clamping) and stereotaxic surgery is wanted but not a requirement.

Please visit our lab website to learn more about our group: https://devsneurolab.com/
Contact information All individuals interested in this position must submit a CV, statement of interest and a list of references to m.arrudacarvalho@utoronto.ca

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