Concordia University



Tenure track (open rank) faculty position in Brain Development in Health and Disease

Date posted: September 23, 2019 2019
Revised: October 7, 2019
Application deadline: January 22, 2020
Position code: 19_T_PSYC_M

The Department of Psychology at Concordia University invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track faculty position in behavioural neuroscience. The ideal candidate is someone who is conducting world-class, innovative research using animal models to study the genetic basis of brain development, and how this process is affected by early life experiences. The person hired into this position would apply multidisciplinary and translational approaches—from genetics, and molecular biology to modern imaging and manipulation of molecules and neurons, and genomic analysis of behavioural traits—to identify key cellular processes controlling maturation of the adolescent brain. This position will build on existing strengths in research on addiction, motivation, cognition, learning and memory, biological rhythms and neurophysiology at Concordia University. The successful applicant will become a full member of The Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, and will have access to state-of-the-art facilities at Concordia University, including the PERFORM center, the Center for Microscopy and Cell Imaging, and the Center for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Arts and Science was created in July 1977 through the merger of the former Loyola Faculty of Arts and Science, the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Arts, and the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Science.

The Faculty consists of 27 academic departments, colleges, institutes, and schools as well as more than 20 research centres. The Faculty is committed to responsible and innovative leadership in developing and disseminating knowledge and values and encouraging constructive social criticism. We achieve these objectives through inclusive and accessible academic programs which stress a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning. We are dedicated to superior teaching and research supported by excellence in scholarship and creative activity, and a tradition of service to the community. The Faculty serves many interdependent academic communities in an urban environment where students and faculty can pursue their shared commitment to lifelong learning.

About Concordia

Concordia University is recognized as Canada’s top university under the age of 50 and one of the most international universities in the world. With more than 7,000 faculty and staff, and 47,000 students, Concordia enables individuals to grow, contribute and innovate. Located on two campuses in the heart of cosmopolitan Montreal, our faculty and students benefit from state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and compelling program offerings in our four Faculties, Library, School of Graduate Studies and Centre for Continuing Education. Today’s challenges require new, collaborative, interdisciplinary thinking and action. We are designing a next-generation university that draws on the skills of our faculty and on the strengths of our external academic, private and public sector partnerships to prepare our students and society for what comes next. Our priority is to mobilize cross-sections of experts to translate novel scholarship into real-world applications. We aspire to ask big questions on health, well-being and social responsibility and to find creative solutions that transcend academic boundaries.

Ambitious, innovative, research- and community-engaged, our university is celebrated for its commitments to transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact. Concordia supports teaching, learning and research by its commitment to sustaining excellence, inclusion and opportunity for the entire academic community. In 2019, Concordia was recognized as a top Montreal employer for the fourth year running. We made the list based on a number of criteria, including pension and benefits, training and development opportunities and the physical and social aspects of the workplace.

About Montreal

Montréal, our home, is exceptional. It is a truly unique city — safe and clean, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. Another reason people flock to Montreal is because it's an affordable city. With a diverse population of 1.7 million, it is home to four major universities and several clinical research centres, and has been named the best student city in the world. The city is home to over 170,000 university students, a thriving multicultural scene and the most affordable tuition in Canada. Bilingualism is a part of Montréal’s tradition and adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant Anglophone population, it is the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Montréal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals that run throughout the year. As North America’s number one choice for international events and festivals, it was also the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity. The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming, film and world affairs.


Eligible applicants require a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience or relevant field, and a strong record of publication in peer-reviewed, scientific journals. We are looking for a self-driven, emerging researcher with exceptional potential to become a leader in their field, or an established scientist with a record of conducting outstanding research in developmental neurobiology. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate a strong interest in and commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching and training. 

How to Apply

Applicants should outline an innovative research program with the potential to attract external funding and high calibre trainees. Complete applications should include:

  • (i) cover letter
  • (ii) curriculum vitae
  • (iii) a research statement and 3 representative publications,
  • (iv) statement of teaching philosophy and experience (including supporting materials if available)
  • (v) a brief description of how the candidate plans to contribute to a diverse and inclusive research and teaching environment

Applicants will be requested to send in three letters of reference following the screening of applications.

Applicants are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their careers, such as but not limited to the decision to have a family, eldercare, illness, and so forth.

The complete application should be sent to:

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Chair
Department of Psychology
Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke St West, PY146
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H4B 1R6 (electronic submissions preferred).

We anticipate filling this position by August 1, 2020 (negotiable). Review of complete applications will begin on January 22, 2020 and will continue until the position has been filled.

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.


Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 4323.

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