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Assistant Professor, Tenure Track
Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health 
University of British Columbia

Posted: October 20, 2017

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) and the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences (CPS) at the University of British Columbia invite applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure track in the area of synapses and circuits. We seek an outstanding applicant to carry out research in the fields of cellular and molecular neuroscience focusing on linking synaptic to network function. Candidates should be applying leading edge techniques such as, but not limited to optogenetics, imaging and genetic approaches and working at the level of intact circuits or in vivo preparations.

The DMCBH is an interdisciplinary neuroscience research centre focused on discovering the basis for nervous system function and dysfunction, with the aim of developing new treatments. The Department of CPS consists of a range of research clusters, including neuroscience, cell biology, cancer, diabetes and cardiac channels.

The position requires a PhD and/or MD degree, postdoctoral experience, and an outstanding record of research achievements and publications in this field. As a faculty member in the DMCBH and CPS the successful applicant will be expected to develop a strong, externally-funded and internationally-competitive research program, supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, collaborate with other faculty members, actively participate in service to the Department, University, and academic/scientific community, and effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their field of expertise. Evidence of teaching excellence and an interest in innovative teaching methods is required.

The successful applicant will have opportunities to collaborate with a large and diverse community of neuroscientists at UBC and affiliated hospitals. Established research groups and facilities include Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, the Centre for Drug Research and Development, and the Genome Science & Technology training program. The successful applicant will also have access to state-of-the-art microscopy, proteomics, genomics, and flow cytometry as well as the Centre for Disease Modeling, which enables the use of rodent models of disease, and FINDER, a level-3 biosafety containment facility.

Appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Competitive start-up and infrastructure development funds will be provided. All positions are subject to final budgetary approval. The successful candidate is expected to assume the position by no later than September 1, 2018.

Applicants should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a detailed summary of research interests describing two potentially fundable projects (maximum 5 pages), and a statement of teaching accomplishments and interests to Dr. Brian MacVicar at bmacvicar@brain.ubc.ca. In addition, the applicant should arrange for support from at least 3 referees to be sent to the same e-mail address. Review of completed applications with reference letters will begin on December 1, 2017. All e-mails related to this position should have the words “Synapses & Circuits” in the subject line.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and 3rd largest university in Canada with an economic impact of 12.5 billion to the provincial economy. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world. As one of the world's leading universities, The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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