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Simon Fraser University

The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University seeks an exceptional scholar and researcher for a tenure-track Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neuroscience, at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin as early as October 1, 2020. Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e. candidate must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, including maternity leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 CRC assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process; please see the CRC website for eligibility details or contact SFU’s Institutional Strategic Awards office. Appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology requires a Ph.D. completed by the time of appointment.

We seek a scientist with an exceptional track record in empirical research and clear potential to develop a highly productive, theory-based research program in behavioural neuroscience -- at the cellular and/or systems level and using vertebrate or invertebrate models -- that will be attractive to grad students and postdocs, and strongly competitive for external grant support. The successful candidate will join the Cognitive and Neural Sciences area within the Psychology Department, which currently has research strengths in cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, behavioural endocrinology and chronobiology. In addition to their research program, the successful candidate will be expected to make significant contributions to departmental needs for service and teaching, such as delivering courses in the neurobiology of learning and memory and/or psychopharmacology.

Appointment to this position is contingent upon successful nomination to a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair; therefore, only investigators with outstanding publication records will be considered. The Canada Research Chair is tenable for five years and may be renewed once. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the initial appointment and chair renewal details of the CRC Program (
Simon Fraser University is committed to providing the candidate with the support required to make a strong application for the CRC. The successful candidate will have a reduced teaching load during the term of the CRC. The position is subject to availability of funding and final approval by the SFU Board of Governors.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among the top comprehensive universities in Canada. More information about the Psychology Department and the University can be found on our website at For information about neuroscience laboratories across campus, see The campus is located on Burnaby Mountain in Greater Vancouver. Vancouver is a scenic waterfront city located minutes from the mountains and a wide range of outdoor activities. It has a reputation as a clean, safe, multicultural and ethnically diverse city, and is considered one of the top cities in the world in which to live and work.

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at promoting equity, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

Application materials should be submitted electronically, via email to Please provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, copies of representative publications, and arrange for three referees to submit letters of reference. SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g. maternity leave, leave due to illness) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them in their application. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled, with priority given to completed applications received prior to January 1, 2020.
Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to:
Dr. Deborah Connolly
Chair, Department of Psychology
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 Canada

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