[Comp-neuro] faculty position in Computational Approaches to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University

Sue Becker beckers at mcmaster.ca
Tue Nov 3 16:48:33 CET 2020

Dear colleagues,

We have an open faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in
Computational Approaches to Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. The
candidate could conduct computational research in a wide range of areas.
Please see the job advert and the link below for details.  


Please feel free to share this with others who may be interested. 

thanks and best wishes, 


Sue Becker, Professor
Neurotechnology and Neuroplasticity Lab, PI
Dept. of Psychology Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University
www.science.mcmaster.ca/pnb/department/becker [1] 

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Computational Approaches to
Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour 

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 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada invites applications for a
full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Computational Approaches to
Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at the Assistant Professor level,
beginning July 1, 2021. 

The successful candidate will use computational models to investigate
fundamental questions related to psychology, neuroscience, and/or
behaviour. Applications from any area that applies computational
modelling to understand neural function or behaviour are welcome.
Applications from early-career candidates are especially encouraged.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, big data analytics
and machine learning applied to neural or behavioural data,
computational models of reward and motivation, computational models of
learning and memory, computational models of social interactions, and
computational models of spatial navigation. The candidate could apply
models to any level of analysis, from neurons to circuits to systems to

The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour has long-standing
strengths in cognitive and computational neuroscience, sensory systems
and behavioural neuroscience, perception, cognition, development,
evolutionary psychology, and animal behaviour. We value and encourage
collaboration among researchers and educators, and have close ties with
the Departments of Biology, Kinesiology, Music, Electrical & Computer
Engineering, and Psychiatry & Behavioural Neuroscience. Many of our
faculty are affiliated with McMaster's interdisciplinary graduate
programs in Neuroscience and Computational Science & Engineering. 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. 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. 

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

_How to Apply_ 

Complete applications must be made online at
https://hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportunities/ (Faculty
Positions, Job 34946) 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, and three (3) representative publications
(reprints or preprints)
* a statement of research interests (2-page maximum)
* a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2-page maximum)
* 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. 

o 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 December 10, 2020 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.
Please be advised that any full-time, permanent faculty member of the
Department can request confidential access to the application materials,
including the reference letters. 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
Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada. 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. 

[1] http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/pnb/department/becker
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