Assistant Professor, Azrieli Professorship in Neurodevelopment

  • 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 Cell Biology and Anatomy at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the field of neurodevelopment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The selected candidate will hold the title of Azrieli Accelerator Professorship for a period of five years, joining a cluster hire of eight Azrieli Accelerator Professorships across the UCalgary campus, 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 expanded capacity in iPSC biology, single cell and spatial RNA-sequencing, and bioinformatics. The interdisciplinary Neuroscience 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 at least three years of postdoctoral training. A record of research/scholarly activity is required. Experience in molecular and cellular neurobiology is essential.

The Azrieli Accelerator at the University of Calgary ( seeks to transform neurodevelopment research across the lifespan. With $25M in funding from the Azrieli Foundation, this initiative uses strategic investments to strengthen multi-disciplinary collaborations and launches big and bold research in the areas of neurodevelopment and neurodevelopmental conditions. The eight Azrieli Accelerator Professorships will bring new strengths to the UCalgary, and the successful candidates will join a dynamic group of researchers engaged in advancing the university’s neurodevelopment research strategy.

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.

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.

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)

Questions about this position may be directed to:
Dr. G. Campbell Teskey, Deputy Department Head
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
c/o Lisa Mesluk (

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Application Deadline

The closing date for applications is November 30, 2023.