Assistant Professor, CRC Tier II in Neural Stem Cells and Glia

  • University of Calgary, School of Medicine
  • University of Calgary, Hospital Drive Northwest, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Nov 15, 2023
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Medicine & Dentistry

Job Description


We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary is inviting applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the field of neurodevelopment, including neural stem and progenitor and/or glial biology, at the rank of Assistant Professor. The selected candidate will be nominated for a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC), which is tenable for five years and renewable once, and will be a full-time faculty member in the Cumming School of Medicine.

Applications are especially encouraged from candidates using model systems to study the molecular and cellular basis of neurodevelopmental conditions. The developmental neuroscience community at UCalgary Cumming School of Medicine is dynamic and expanding, with two parallel Assistant Professor searches ongoing this fall. The Cumming School of Medicine provides outstanding support to researchers via state-of-the-art facilities such as super-resolution and advanced microscopy, optogenetics and photonics, and a wild mice colony and behavioral core, with increasing capacity
in iPSC biology, single cell and spatial RNA-sequencing, and bioinformatics. The BMB Graduate Program provides an interactive and robust graduate training to the next generation of neuroscientists. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct a vigorous, externally funded research program (for which 75% time will be protected) that augments the existing strengths in neuroscience and neurodevelopmental disease modeling, as well as contribute to teaching graduate topics in neural development and the supervision of graduate students.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) in Neurosciences or related field and postdoctoral training. A record of research/scholarly activity is required. Experience in molecular and cellular biology is essential. A competitive year-round salary and an attractive start-up package will be provided. The selected candidate will also be nominated for a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Neurodevelopment. Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the Government of Canada’s
CRC website.

Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Candidates who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and who have had career breaks, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc., may have their eligibility for a Tier II Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. Research interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., closures) are recognized as, and may be counted as, an eligible delay (credited at twice the amount of time) beginning March 1, 2020. Please contact UCalgary’s
Office of Research Services for more information: Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website, including eligibility criteria.

The University of Calgary, through the Cumming School of Medicine that is comprised of health research institutes and academic departments, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce that will contribute to creating the future of health. UCalgary is committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests, and talents feel welcome and supported. The successful applicant will join the Hotchkiss Brain Institute ( and the Owerko Centre for Neurodevelopment and Child Mental Health at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (, which are both localized with the Cumming School of Medicine. They also will participate in the the recently announced $125M ‘One Child, Every Child’ campus-wide initiative to help Canadian children thrive (

The University recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to consider, and be sensitive to, the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

Application Details (to apply use the Apply Now button below.)

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via University of Calgary Careers webpage using the “Apply Now’ link. Please be aware that the application process allows for a maximum of four attachments. Your application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):
• Cover letter and curriculum vitae including the names and contact information for three referees
• Statement of research interests (not to exceed 2 pages)
• Statement of teaching interests (not to exceed 2 pages)
• Equity, diversity, and inclusion statement (not to exceed 2 pages)

View full posting and apply:

Questions about this position may be directed to:
Dr. Sarah Childs, Department Head
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
c/o Leslie McGill (

The University of Calgary strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Jobs at the University of Calgary.

When inquiring or applying for job openings at the University of Calgary, please also reference

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and professional and administrative staff employment opportunities with the University of Calgary and at other institutions of higher education in the region on

To receive email alerts when new jobs at the University of Calgary are posted, please sign up for new job openings at the University of Calgary.





Application Deadline

The closing date for applications is. December 15, 2023