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Assistant Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (Contractually Limited)

McMaster University

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

Position Description:

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB) at McMaster University invites applications for a one-year Contractually Limited Appointment (CLA) at the rank of Assistant Professor starting on or after August 15, 2024.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Psychology at the time of appointment with academic or professional experience in Developmental psychology and social, personality, abnormal, adolescent, and positive psychology.

Applicants should have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level.  The duties will involve teaching a range of courses in the PNB programs, including courses in Inferential Statistics and Research Methods (PNB 3XE3); Social Diversity (PNB 4E03); Seminar in Applied Psychology (HUMBEHV 4HC3); Human Learning and Cognition (PSYCH 2H03); Descriptive Statistics and Research Methods (PNB 2XE3); Attitudes and Persuasion (PSYCH 3CB3), or others.

Administrative service and student mentorship in the Department are also expected, in addition to participation in curriculum development in the PNB programs. There is no expectation that the candidate will develop an independent laboratory research program, but interest in pedagogical research and student supervision is encouraged.

The Department is a leader in both the teaching and study of psychological science, neurons, the nervous system and the brain, and animal and human behaviour. Emphasis is placed on teaching and learning, and interdisciplinary and hands-on research to train the next generation of brain scientists. Please visit our website for more information:

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. Our focus on collaboratively exchanging ideas and approaches makes us uniquely positioned to pioneer ground-breaking solutions to real-world problems leading to a Brighter World. The Faculty of Science works to create global impact by advancing scientific discovery and knowledge, and promoting greater understanding. Our innovative, interdisciplinary approach generates new methods and insights, results, and lasting change.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete, through McMaster’s application submission portal. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science at to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply:

Complete applications must be made online at (Faculty Positions, Job 63650) by the deadline to the attention of Dr. Mel Rutherford, Professor & Chair, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1.

A complete application consists of:
• a cover letter (including a statement regarding whether the applicant has Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status (see below))
• a current Curriculum Vitae
• a statement on teaching interests and philosophy, and evidence of teaching effectiveness
• a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, community-based or other professional settings (2-page maximum)
• the names and full contact information of at least three (3) referees. Letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

McMaster University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions and personal circumstances (e.g., pregnancy, early childcare, eldercare, illness, etc.) can have on an applicant’s record of scholarly achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their applications the impact that career interruptions, or other issues, may have had. Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty members achieve a work-life balance. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Review of complete applications will begin as they are received and continue until the position is filled. All applicants will receive an on-line, system-generated confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications MUST include the following statement in their application package: I am/am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.