Assistant Professor, Neuroscience


The Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment in Neuroscience. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2022 or shortly thereafter.

The University of Toronto Scarborough is implementing a new Strategic Plan: Inspiring Inclusive Excellence. Consistent with the values and objectives in that plan, we especially welcome candidates who self-identify as Indigenous or those who have lived experience in Black or other racialized (persons of colour) communities. This position is part of a cohort of similar faculty searches in Historical and Cultural Studies, the Centre for Critical Development Studies, Political Science, and Psychology. New colleagues will have the opportunity to be connected with previous cohorts of faculty from under-represented groups, including those hired last year in four departments spanning the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.

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

The successful candidates must employ the latest approaches to understand neural function on multiple levels ranging from the genomic and cellular to circuits and entire organisms. We are particularly interested in candidates who will create synergies with existing departmental strengths in neuroscience and related disciplines at UTSC, in areas such as motor control, sensory neurobiology, learning and behaviour, and the neurobiology of stress. We encourage candidates with expertise in vertebrate or invertebrate systems, including non-model species.

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

The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated strong commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level and to graduate student training and supervision. The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses in the area of Neuroscience or related sub-disciplines. Evidence of commitment to excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments and the teaching dossier, including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application, as well as strong endorsements by referees. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters.

Candidates are also expected to provide evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment as demonstrated through the application materials.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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 be expected to participate actively in the Graduate Department of Cell and Systems Biology at the University of Toronto, 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 University of Toronto Scarborough, 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 new faculty will have access to the Centre for Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology. The University of Toronto is also home to SciNet which provides high performance computing resources to the research community.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking the link below. Applications must include a current curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, up to three representative publications, and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references.  The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted (this happens overnight).  Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

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 January 31, 2022.

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Job Title Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Institution University of Toronto Scarborough
Location Toronto
Published 11 January 2022
Deadline 31 January 2022
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