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Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology

FRQS Groupe de recherche en neurobiologie comportementale

Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology

FRQS Groupe de recherche en neurobiologie comportementale


Job opportunities

Home to 27 departments, colleges, schools and institutes, the Faculty of Arts and Science is dedicated to superior teaching and research. It also boasts a strong tradition of service to the community. The Faculty is recognized for innovative research in the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. 

The Department of Psychology invites applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Behavioural Neuroscience. 

We are seeking accomplished candidates who marshal the best available multidisciplinary methods to map, analyze, and understand the neural circuitry underlying motivation, reward, and appetitive behaviour. The new hire will join a department with exceptional strengths in multiple areas of psychology. A large group of behavioural neuroscientists within the Department forms the core of the inter-university Center for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology, which offers excellent research facilities and personnel and has amassed a 30-year history of internationally recognized, pioneering research achievements. Montreal and its four universities have long been a hub for research on brain and mind; the roots of behavioural neuroscience are particularly deep here. 

Applicants must have a PhD in neuroscience or psychology and should have demonstrated their ability and potential to build a high-quality research program and research team in behavioural neuroscience. Evidence of scholarship, including publication in peer-reviewed journals, is expected, as is demonstrated potential for securing extramural research funding. 

This position is directly linked to priority areas in Concordia University’s Strategic Research Plan

The goal of the CRC program is to ensure that Canadian universities achieve the highest levels of research excellence to become world-class research centres in the global, knowledge-based economy. Concordia University’s academic culture celebrates research, creativity, and the transfer of knowledge in many ways that are ideal for today’s innovation driven society. The strategic deployment of CRCs is an integral part of Concordia’s overall plan to promote and develop its research enterprise. 

In order to successfully compete for a CRC award, candidates are expected to have an outstanding and innovative research program, and the ability to attract excellent graduate students. Tier II CRCs will be exceptional emerging researchers who at an early phase of their careers (i.e. within 10 years of completing their PhD) have demonstrated the promise of a strong research profile and the potential to be leaders in their field. 

Tier II CRCs are awarded for five years and are renewable once. These positions offer an attractive salary, an annual research stipend, reduced teaching loads, and the opportunity to apply for start-up infrastructure through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF). 

Applications must consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a statement outlining academic experience and domains of expertise for academic supervision, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements, a detailed five-year research plan appropriate to the goals and objectives of the CRC program, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference, one of which speaks to the candidate’s academic training and skills sent directly to: 

Dr. Virginia Penhune
Chair, Department of Psychology
Concordia University
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology

The successful candidate for the CRC position in Behavioural Neuroscience will, in the first instance, be offered an unconditional tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, as appropriate. The candidate will then be required to work with the Department and the University to prepare the formal CRC nomination according to the CRC program guidelines. The University will submit the nomination to the CRC Secretariat at the earliest opportunity. 

This position has an anticipated start date of August 1, 2014. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Penhune. For additional information, please visit the websites of the Department of Psychology and the Center for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

Graduate Studies

We are currently accepting applications for graduate student positions.

For more information on our programs, please contact the CSBN main office or the researcher you would like to work with.

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