Assistant Professor - Cognitive Neuroscience

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Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
31 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Assistant Professor - Cognitive Neuroscience
Date Posted: 12/11/2020
Closing Date: 01/18/2021, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 2033
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Psychology
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream position in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter. 

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in psychology or a related field and have a minimum of one year of postdoctoral training by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. 

The members of the cognitive neuroscience group in the Department of Psychology currently address a range of research questions in the fields of memory, emotion, visual cognition, and development. In addition, the university-wide Collaborative Program in Neuroscience presents a large community of collaborators across several faculties, departments, and several nearby hospitals. We seek an emerging scholar with an exceptional record of research excellence related to the neural basis of human cognition and whose teaching interests complement the existing strengths of the Department. Areas of interest could concern any cognitive process, including memory, high-level perception, decision-making, or cognitive control. The successful candidate will have a record of publishing on the cognitive neuroscience of memory and research that shows a demonstrated capacity for synergy across existing strengths in the Department. 

The successful candidate will be someone who develops and employs advanced neuroimaging methods, combined with well-designed assays of behaviour, and uses these tools to compare distinct populations. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program by leveraging the ample opportunities for collaboration available in the Department and University. Candidates must show a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education. 

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence, which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals or forthcoming publications that meet high international standards, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. The submitted research statement should clearly describe these qualifications.

Evidence of teaching excellence will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier (including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application), and strong letters of reference that attest to the candidate’s teaching success. 

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment. Candidates are therefore asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to) research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. 
Applicants must submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, research statement outlining current and future research interests and career goals, copies of representative publications (or forthcoming publications), equity and diversity statement, and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. 

Applicants must arrange to have letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed). PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.   

Submission guidelines can be found at If you have any questions about this position, please contact Professor Nick Rule, Chair of the Department of Psychology ( For more information about the Department of Psychology, please visit our home page at

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by January 18, 2021. 

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

Diversity Statement
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

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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