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Contractually Limited Assistant Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour at McMaster University

  • 19 Sep 2023 2:12 PM
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    Contractually Limited Assistant Professor in Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour

    Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, Faculty of Science

    McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

    Position Description:

    The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University is seeking candidates to fill a one-year contractually limited, teaching-focused faculty position at the Assistant Professor level.  The start date for the appointment is January 1, 2024.

    Duties include teaching a range of courses, such as Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology, Personality, Positive Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, and Forensic Psychology, and administrative service. The successful candidate must have a PhD in Psychology at the time of appointment and must provide evidence of teaching excellence in large (200+ students) undergraduate courses. They should have knowledge of the subject areas listed above and must be capable of training and supervising undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants. Candidates must also have a demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as they pertain to teaching and service. Applicants should clearly identify any previous teaching experience, especially in the areas listed above.

    A competitive salary and benefits package as well as a professional development allowance will be provided. 

    The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour has a long-standing research focus that centers on experimental psychology (perception, cognition, development, animal behaviour, behavioural neuroscience, and sensory neuroscience), complemented by an equally long-standing history of excellence in undergraduate instruction across the broader discipline of psychology, including topics aligned with clinical, social, and applied psychology. Our department and university value innovation in undergraduate instruction, as well as the integration of research in our teaching. As our department home is the Faculty of Science, candidates able to integrate scientific research examples and experiences to undergraduate instruction are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information on the Department, please visit

    McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. McMaster is further a pioneer in pedagogical innovation, and is the home of problem-based learning. 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, 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.

    How to Apply:

    Complete applications must be made online at (Faculty Positions, Job 57969) by the deadline to the attention of Dr. Mel Rutherford, 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 teaching dossier including: a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, list of courses taught (including class sizes), and student evaluations of teaching.

    ·         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 immediately 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. 

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

    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:  I am/am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.  Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

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