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Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, Neuroscientist

NEUROSCIENTIST

Saskatchewan Movement Disorders Program, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine

College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan 

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor for a Neuroscientist in the Department of Medicine (Royal University Hospital) at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.   The applicant should have a proven track record of research in the area of movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, etc.).  Evidence of independent funding and supervision of graduate student and/or residents are also assets but not an absolute requirement.  The applicant will be expected to work closely with members of the Saskatchewan Movement Disorders Program.  The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Movement Disorders Clinic Saskatchewan, established in 1968, is the longest continuous running movement disorders program in Canada.  Longitudinal clinical observations have been followed by autopsy studies of the brains from those cases for many years.  Brain material, including frozen brain tissue on more than 250 movement disorder cases, are available for study.   Seminal work on Parkinson’s disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Dystonia and Essential Tremor has been done using this unique resource (Rajput AH, Rajput A.  Saskatchewan Movement Disorders Program.  Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences 2015 Mar;42(2):74-87. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2015.13. PMID: 25804247 Free PMC Article).  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to this initiative.

Duties: 
The successful candidate will be expected to establish a competitive research program that would align closely with the mandate and vision of the Saskatchewan Movement Disorders Program.  There will be protected time for research, but the position would also provide opportunities for teaching of undergraduates, graduate students and resident physicians.  The successful candidate will be invited to join the Neuroscience Research Cluster, comprised of more than 20 basic science and clinical faculty with broad research interests in neuroscience (see www.neuroscience.usask.ca).  The cluster is housed within state-of-the-art research space in the new Academic Health Sciences building on campus.  Full access to a rodent vivarium with space for behavioral testing will be made available, as well as tissue culture, molecular biology, histology, and imaging equipment.

Qualifications:

  • PhD or MD/PhD with training in neuroscience
  • Demonstrated ability or strong potential to compete for external funding and establish an independent program of research
  • Excellent command of the English language

Current salary bands for this post are as follows: Assistant Professor – $93,293 - $112,109; Associate Professor – $112,109 – $130,925 and Professor – $130,925 – $152,877). This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program.

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Applications Procedure: Consideration of applications will start immediately and continue until an acceptable candidate is identified. A cover letter, CV (including list of publications, teaching experience), statement research interests, and contact information for three referees should be submitted electronically to: Dr Andrew Kirk, Professor and Division Head, Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5, Canada Email: andrew.kirk@usask.ca.

Employment Equity Statement:  The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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