Contractually Limited Assistant Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour 131 views


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Position Description

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB) in the Faculty of Science at McMaster University invites applications for a one-year contractually limited appointment at the Assistant Professor level to commence July 1, 2021. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Psychology at the time of appointment with academic or professional experience in the following areas: social psychology, personality, forensic psychology, and positive psychology.

Applicants should have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level. The duties will involve teaching courses that may include Personality, Social Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Positive Psychology among others. Specific course topics may include: theory assessment and research in approaches to personality and social psychology; criminal profiling, assessment of criminal responsibility, jury psychology and psychopathy; and exploring the physiology, psychological effects and adaptive value of positive emotional and cognitive responses to the outside world.

Administrative service and student mentorship in the Department are also expected in addition to participation in curriculum development in the PNB programs. There is no expectation that the candidate will develop an independent laboratory research program, but interest in pedagogical research and student supervision is encouraged.

The Department is a leader in teaching and research in the fields of psychological science, neuroscience, and animal and human behaviour. Emphasis is placed on teaching and learning, and interdisciplinary and hands-on research to train the next generation of scientists. Please visit our website for more information:

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. Our focus on collaboratively exchanging ideas and approaches makes us uniquely positioned to pioneer ground-breaking solutions to real-world problems leading to a Brighter World. The Faculty of Science works to create global impact by advancing scientific discovery and knowledge, and promoting greater understanding. Our innovative, interdisciplinary approach generates new methods and insights, results, and lasting change.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete, through McMaster’s application submission portal. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science at [email protected] to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply

Complete applications must be made online at (Faculty Positions, Job 37274) by the deadline to the attention of Dr. Bruce Milliken, Professor & Chair, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1.

A complete application consists of:
• a cover letter (including a statement regarding whether the applicant has Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status (see below))
• a current Curriculum Vitae
• a statement of teaching philosophy (2-page maximum)
• a brief summary of prior teaching experience, including class sizes (1-page maximum)
• a summary of evidence of teaching effectiveness
• a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, community-based or other professional settings (2-page maximum)
• the names and full contact information of at least three referees. Letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

Review of complete applications will begin May 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. All applicants will receive an on-line, system-generated confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty members achieve a work-life balance. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications, as stated above, MUST include one of the following statements in their application package. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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