University of Alberta

Assistant or Associate Professor

MED Psychiatry

Competition No.  -    A106031760
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.


The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Alberta ( invites applications for two full-time contingent tenure-track professorships. One of these positions will be eligible for nomination for a (Tier 2) Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Mental Health, which provides protected time for research within a full-time academic appointment: the Government of Canada established the CRC program ( to foster world-class research excellence in Canadian universities. 

Candidates must have an MD, preference will be given to MD/PhD in an area relevant to psychiatric research and must have at least two years of appropriate experience relevant to clinical translational research in psychiatry. Preference will be given to clinician scientists who are working in addictions and/or child & adolescent psychiatry, and appointments are targeted at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. All candidates should have an excellent record of research accomplishment, including success in competing for external awards at the national level and the ability to mentor research trainees effectively.

The successful applicants will have excellent opportunities to develop collaborative interactions within and beyond the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, in the context of the current development of a funded new Translational Research Institute for Neuroscience & Mental Health. Research in the Department of Psychiatry includes biological and psychosocial aspects of psychiatry and related neurological disorders and includes clinical translational activity in anxiety and mood disorders, psychosis and addiction in children, youth and adults. Research engagement in the Department includes pharmacogenomic, genetic and neuroimaging studies and we enjoy an active on-campus collaboration on machine learning and data-mining with the Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning ( The Department has excellent analytical facilities for basic and clinical research in neurochemistry and psychopharmacology and enjoys extensive collaborative interactions with the Peter S Allen Neuroimaging Centre, with well-supported leading-edge MRI (including human MRS and fMRI & DTI at up to 4.7T) and emerging PET/MRI capabilities.

Researchers in the Department access competitive funding through national (Canadian Institutes of Health Research: CIHR ) and provincial (Alberta Innovates Health Solutions: AIHS ) funding agencies. Competitive funding is also available through the programs of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative ( led by the Norlien Foundation, and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research ( Partner organizations include CASA (Child Adolescent & Family Mental Health []), The Institute of Health Economics (, The Women & Children’s Health Research Institute ( and Campus Alberta Neuroscience (  Current engagement of the Department in national research initiatives includes Hub participation in the Canadian Depression Research Intervention Network (CDRIN) and engagement in the development of the Canadian Research Network in Substance Misuse (a CIHR Institute for Neuroscience, Mental Health & Addiction initiative). At the provincial level, researchers in the Department are working closely with Alberta Health Services (AHS) in the context of the Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN []), and there is excellent alignment between the SCNs and the priorities of the provincial health research funding agency (AIHS).

The Department has an excellent suite of educational programs, including well-established M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in psychiatry and participation in well-established graduate programs in Neuroscience. The Department has an excellent and well-established residency training program in psychiatry, with Royal College accredited sub-specialty training programs in child & adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, and a new sub-specialty training program in geriatric psychiatry that has received provisional Royal College approval.    

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta is one of Canada’s premiere health-sciences institutes, and in recent years has ranked among the top 50 medical schools in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University of Alberta has more than 39,000 students and, in 2011, The Scientist magazine ranked our university as one of the top 10 best places to work in academia in non-USA institutions. Excellent opportunities exist for collaborative research with other disciplines within the Faculty and University and other Faculties, as well as outside the University.

The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, a vibrant, cosmopolitan city of 1.4M and the provincial capital for Alberta. This friendly city offers a rich cultural life and diverse recreational opportunities. The campus on which the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is located is adjacent to the North Saskatchewan River with one of the largest municipal park systems in North America. Edmonton is approximately 3.5 hours by car from Jasper and from Banff in the Canadian Rockies.

Interested applicants are invited to apply online by sending a covering letter, their curriculum vitae, a brief (1-2 page) five year research plan, a record of teaching excellence, three papers that best exemplify their research interests and the names and contact information of three referees to:

Dr. Andrew J Greenshaw
Associate Chair (Research)
Department of Psychiatry
University of Alberta

To assist the University in complying with the mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application.  If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application. 

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.