Assistant Professor, Zebrafish Biology

  • University of Toronto Scarborough, Biological Sciences Department
  • University of Toronto Scarborough, Military Trail, Scarborough, ON, Canada
  • Sep 30, 2019
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

The Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in the area of Zebrafish Biology. The appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.

The successful candidate must use zebrafish to study fundamental biological questions using the latest technological approaches. We are particularly interested in candidates who will create synergies with existing zebrafish research within the department and will complement and deepen our existing departmental strengths. Research areas and technological approaches of the successful candidate may include, but are not limited to:

- Developmental Neurobiology

- Behavioral Neuroscience

- CRISPR/Cas9 disease modeling

- Use of genomic and transcriptomic approaches

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. Applicants must have a record of excellence in research, as demonstrated by publications in top ranked and field-relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conference, awards and accolades for work in the field, an innovative research statement and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing.

The successful candidate will also have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level. A commitment to excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through the statement of teaching philosophy, teaching accomplishments, and evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities documented in the submitted teaching materials. Documented teaching excellence may include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or conference posters or presentations, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate is also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment, demonstrated through the application materials.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Further information on the research and teaching activities of the department can be found at

The University of Toronto is an international leader in biological research and education and the Department of Biological Sciences enjoys strong ties to other units within the University. The successful candidate will cross appointed to the Graduate Department of Systems and Cell Biology at the University of Toronto (, and expected to maintain an active research program centered at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and to foster and facilitate inclusivity while working in one of Canada's most diverse institutions. At UTSC, the new faculty member will have access to several research facilities including state of the art molecular, cellular, neuroscience, and imaging tools in the Centre for the Neurobiology of Stress ( and the outstanding chemistry analytical capacity offered by the TRACES Lab (Teaching and Research in Analytical Chemical and Environmental Science -


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Candidates must have a PhD in the Biological Sciences or a related field, at least one year of postdoctoral experience, an outstanding research record and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Application Details

All qualified candidates are invited to apply at

 Applications must include a current CV, a cover letter, a statement of research, three representative publications, a statement of teaching philosophy, and other teaching materials showing evidence of excellent performance in teaching related activities as listed above. Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

Applicants must also arrange that letters of reference (on letterhead, signed and scanned) from at least three referees familiar with the candidate’s research and teaching be emailed directly by the referee to: by the closing date.

Applications lacking reference letters will not be considered. If you have questions about this position, please email

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by December 2, 2019.

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Application Deadline

Dec 02, 2019