Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

University of Toronto



Assistant Professor of Neuroscience 

Date Posted: 07/18/2023
Closing Date: 08/22/2023, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 32650
Job Category: Faculty - Teaching Stream, Contractually Limited Term Appointment
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Cell and Systems Biology
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)




The Department of Cell and Systems Biology in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time 3-year contractually limited term appointment (CLTA) at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the areas of Neuroscience of Sleep and Breathing. The appointment is anticipated to begin October 1, 2023.


Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in biology, physiology or neuroscience by the time of appointment, with a demonstrated record of excellence in neuroscience and physiology undergraduate teaching, especially in the areas of neural control of sleep and breathing. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths. Candidates must have undergraduate teaching experience in a degree granting program, including lecture preparation and delivery, curriculum development, and development of online material/lectures, as well as lab and practice-based teaching. Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical inquiry and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities. 


Evidence of excellence in teaching and a commitment to excellent pedagogical inquiry can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below) as well as strong letters of reference from referees of high standing.


Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.


The successful candidate will be expected to conduct pedagogical research and teach core courses at the first and/or second year undergraduate level, as well as upper year courses in of the candidate's fields of expertise. Responsibilities may include undergraduate teaching, supervising and training teaching assistants, developing course materials including ongoing development of course laboratory exercises, and curriculum development. In addition, the successful candidate will have some responsibility for departmental administration and may have opportunities for student supervision, e.g., undergraduate and graduate research projects that are related to neural mechanisms of sleep-wake control in mice. The successful candidate must also possess strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues on our graduate courses and programs.


Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The University of Toronto is a leading academic institution and the Department of Cell and Systems Biology has 35 faculty members specializing in animal biology, neurophysiology, animal behaviour, animal/plant cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, genomics, and computational biology ( Strong links exist between the Department of Cell and Systems Biology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Departments of Physiology and Psychology, the Program in Neuroscience, and the Centre of the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function. Toronto is a vibrant, diverse, and cosmopolitan city, one of the most desirable in the world in which to work and live.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; and a complete teaching dossier to include a teaching strong statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.


Applicants must also provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. At least one reference letter must primarily address the candidate’s teaching. More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the FAQ's.


Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact


All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by August 22, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (EST).


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see


Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.


The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact



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