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 Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy

Tenure Track Faculty Position in Optogenetics / Neuroscience
Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy
Cumming School of Medicine

The Departments of Cell Biology and Anatomy ( and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ( have joined forces with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI; to invite applications for a full-time tenure track academic position at the Assistant Professor level.   

Qualifications include a PhD and at least 2 years of postdoctoral training.  Candidates must show evidence of ability to develop an independent research program that will integrate with and complement one or more of the nine HBI “NeuroTeams”.  We are seeking to recruit a scientist who develops state-of-the-art optogenetic tools for neuroscience. The ideal candidate for this position will be a biochemist / cell biologist /chemist who develops and applies cutting-edge optogenetic tools to cellular and broader neuroscience questions. We are particularly interested in candidates who develop light-based tools that can be exploited to manipulate and report cellular activity, alter gene expression or be combined with advanced imaging techniques to track single molecules.  The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to build a productive and externally funded research program that fits with one or more of the nine “NeuroTeams” (

The position provides 75% protected time for research, and will include expectations to contribute to undergraduate and graduate level teaching.  This is an excellent opportunity to develop an independent, externally-funded research program within a highly collaborative environment.  Generous startup packages to develop a vigorous research program are available through the HBI and Cumming School of Medicine.

More details of this unique opportunity can be found in the attached document at: 

Potential applicants should submit by email a cover letter, academic CV, a statement of research interests (not to exceed 2 pages) and the names of three (3) referees, by August 1, 2016, to:

Dr. Jaideep Bains,
Professor and Chair of Search and Selection Committee
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 4N1


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