Independent Scientist (Focus: Neuroscience)
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute
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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addictions. As Canada’s leading mental illness research facility, CAMH’s Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute (CFMHRI) is home to scientists, staff and research trainees conducting leading research to improve the understanding of the brain and the causes, the biomarkers and cures for mental illness as well as research to advance the prevention and treatment for mental illness and addictions across the lifespan. With a collaborative inter-disciplinary environment that spans clinical, biological, social and epidemiological research, CAMH supports a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements.
CAMH is seeking an outstanding early career scientist with expertise in either preclinical or translational neuroscience, or both. The scientist will have a named position in the context of a major 5-year philanthropic gift, and will be expected to build a robust research program and team. The incumbent will play a pivotal leadership role in building a research program in translational neuroscience to study the neurobiological bases of neurological and psychiatric disorders and treatments. The scientist will be expected to investigate mechanisms of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders with robust potential for clinical translation. The incumbent will work in a collaborative inter-disciplinary environment that spans fundamental and clinical research and support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements. The successful candidate will be required to establish local, national, and international collaborations, provide practical supervision of undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral trainees, and technical staff. As an Independent Scientist, the successful candidate will be expected to lead research activities, maintain an active publication record, and secure extramural funding sources for those activities. They will also disseminate research results through presentations at academic meetings and conferences and communicate ideas to key decision makers. Participation in leadership advisory groups at CAMH and externally is expected. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and the successful applicant will need to obtain academic affiliation with a university department at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will support and contribute to a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork, and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements. This position is located at 250 College Street, Toronto, Ontario.
The successful applicant is required to have a Ph.D. in Health Sciences and 3 years prior experience in neuroscience research; for example, stem cells, pathology, translational and cell biology, electrophysiology, imaging, computation, and/or cell manipulation (optogenetic/pharmacogenetics) as evidenced by conference proceedings and peer-reviewed publications. Your experience will encompass technical and conceptual aspects of cell activity and the ability to link function with neural network activity, brain function, and behavioural domains. Preclinical modelling at any of those levels is considered an asset. An understanding of electrophysiological cell recordings (in vivo, slice, single cell), in vitro slice and patch clamp recordings, local field potentials, electroencephalography, and knowledge of methods development would be an asset. The successful candidate will also possess sound judgment, excellent organizational, communication (verbal/written) and strong analytical skills. The demonstrated ability to cultivate internal and external relationships and collaborate effectively with colleagues, decision makers and the scientific community is required. You must be able to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team. The capacity to work with individuals of diverse ethno-racial and cultural backgrounds is required. Bilingualism (English/French) and/or proficiency in a second language is considered an asset.
Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Please Note: This full-time, 3 (three) year contract position is NOT part of any bargaining unit.
Salary range: Competitive Salary and Benefits package.
Please click the following link to apply: Link to this position on the CAMH Career Opportunities webpage
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CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.
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