Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Brain Circuits – University of Calgary

Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Brain Circuits

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Cumming School of Medicine

 The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology ( and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI; with the support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI; invite applications for an appointment with Tenure at the Professor level. The selected candidate will be nominated for a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Tier I Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Brain Circuits. Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website ( including eligibility criteria. A competitive salary and an attractive start-up package will be available through the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM), the HBI and ACHRI.

Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent), be a Full Professor (or eligible for promotion to this rank) and have an outstanding record of research productivity with publications in high impact journals and demonstrated success in the acquisition of external research funding and awards. The applicant must also meet the requirements outlined for the Canada Research Chair at the Tier I level. Demonstrated leadership ability through research program development and implementation will be valued. A documented series of progressively advancing contributions to trainee supervision, mentorship and teaching is expected. A proven ability to initiate partnerships and to work in multidisciplinary teams is essential. Candidates must show evidence of productive, externally funded research programs, and demonstrate a fit ideally within the Epilepsy or, potentially, with one of the other nine Brain and Mental Health Teams of the HBI (, or within ACHRI’s Child Brain and Mental Health Program (

The successful candidate will join an established, multidisciplinary, and cross-faculty group of scientists and clinician-scientists. They will develop a program in foundational or translational neuroscience, with a clear focus on brain circuits. More specifically, we seek an individual with leading expertise in one or more of the following areas: molecular, cellular, synaptic, physiology and pharmacology applied to understanding brain circuits in health and disease. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with the team of basic scientists, clinician investigators and clinicians conducting a broad spectrum of research in the brain research environment, as well as other institutes and departments in the Cumming School of Medicine to develop a world-class research program.

The position provides 75% protected time for research with the expectation that the candidate establish a vigorous, sustainable, externally funded research program. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching and graduate student supervision within a dynamic and collaborative environment. The appointee will have access to state-of-the-art core infrastructure including key neurotechnologies located at the HBI advanced microscopy and CSM optogenetic facilities and strong pre-clinical and human neuroimaging, bioinformatics, genomics, non-invasive neuromodulation, and MR-guided focused ultrasound programs. These world-class facilities are partially supported through a recent $12M 5-year investment by the CSM through the Cumming Medical Research Fund. Outstanding opportunities for collaboration are also available with established research programs within the HBI and ACHRI, particularly in complementing our existing efforts in epilepsy.

The CSM, its departments and institutes are committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests, and talents feel welcome and included. This includes the provision of a formal mentoring program, internal grant review programs that enhance success in research grant applications, pilot funding programs and other support programs. We encourage applications from underrepresented groups who will be able to thrive in this supportive environment.

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The University of Calgary, through its Cumming School of Medicine, its health research institutes, and its academic departments seeks to recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce that will contribute to creating the future of health. We are committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests, and talents feel welcome and supported.

The University recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to consider, and be sensitive to, the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via University of Calgary Careers webpage using the “Apply Now’ link.  Please be aware that the application process allows for a maximum of four attachments. Your application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

  • Cover letter and academic CV including the names and contact information for three referees
  • Statement of research interests
  • Statement of teaching interests

Questions about this position may be directed to::

Robert Newton, PhD

Head, Physiology and Pharmacology

c/o Chloe Fowler (

To view full posting and apply:

The closing date for applications is. January 31, 2022

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Posting Date: December 15, 2021

Closing Date: January 31, 2022