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Assistant Professor

The CERVO Brain Research Centre (, affiliated with Université Laval, is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor position that could begin as early as July 2024. This recruitment is made possible by the remarkable growth of the Research Centre in recent years and several major initiatives funded by the Canadian and Quebec governments. The selected candidate will be presented to join Université Laval through its internal competitions.

CERVO hosts more than 80 principal investigators and a total of 550 graduate students, post-docs, and staff scientists. The Centre is devoted exclusively to the study of neurosciences, mental health, and addiction. Its mission is to advance knowledge about the causes and treatments of neurological and psychiatric illnesses by developing new technologies and methodologies to unravel the mysteries of the brain and by continuously linking basic and clinical research. This is pursued by multidisciplinary approaches and the centre’s strong expertise in Cellular and Molecular Neurosciences, Systems Neurosciences, Clinical and Cognitive Neurosciences, Psychiatry, Neurophotonics, Optics/Photonics, Mathematics, and Artificial Intelligence. Emphasis is put on collaborative research across these disciplines.

Applicants must have a PhD or MD/PhD and a post-doctoral training, with an excellent record of research productivity. The successful candidates will have demonstrated ability or outstanding potential to develop an internationally recognized research program in the Neurosciences and Mental Health, together with the capacity of securing competitive research grants. Teaching interests will be an asset. The recruited candidates will be expected to supervise graduate students.

Université Laval, located in Québec City, is one of Canada’s leading universities and the oldest French-speaking institution in North America; applicants will be expected to develop language skills in French, mainly for teaching purposes. By choosing the CERVO Brain Research Centre and Université Laval, you could benefit from several measures to facilitate the relocation and integration of you and your family, such as orientation for new professors and peer mentoring, free French lessons, support for settling in Quebec City (including networking and advice on housing and school/daycare needs), and job search assistance for your spouse/partner. Non-Canadian candidates also receive full support and legal advice for immigration procedures.

The CERVO Brain Research Centre supports the principle that excellence and equity are compatible and complementary. We have an active Equity-Diversity-Inclusion committee. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized and visible minority individuals, women, First Peoples in Canada (Indigenous) persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, 2SLGBTQI+ individuals, as well as all qualified individuals with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse research topics and communities.

Applications in a single pdf file should include: A cover letter outlining specific interests in the position, a scientific CV, a 3-page research program outlining the short and long-term goals. Applications must be sent electronically to Three letters of reference should also be sent directly by mentors of the candidate at the same email address. Screening of applications will begin by December 4, 2023. Selected applicants will be contacted for a pre-interview online, starting in January 2024. 

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