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Psychiatrist Full-time Job

2 years ago   Doctor / Physician   Calgary   62 views
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Research Chair in Psychedelics and Mental Health

Department of Psychiatry

Cumming School of Medicine

The Department of Psychiatry, in partnership with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary invite applications for a Research Chair in Psychedelics and Mental Health. The successful candidate will be appointed to a Contingent Term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate will lead an innovative clinical research program focused on the field of psychedelic research and exploring potential opportunities to examine clinical applications of this class of substances in the treatment of mental illness.

Qualifications include an MD or PhD and research experience in the focus area of the chair. An advanced degree and post-doctoral research experience is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate evidence of a track record of publications in high quality journals, evidence of an ability to collaborate, lead a research team, and effectiveness in teaching at the University level. Candidates must show evidence of ability to develop a productive, externally funded research program, and fit with one or more of the ten Brain and Mental Health Teams of the HBI ( For applicants without a demonstrated record of peer reviewed external grants, this criterion is accomplished by means of a structured “chalk-talk” interview in which the candidate is asked to present a fundable research project to the search committee.

The position provides 80% protected time for research, and will include expectations to contribute to teaching as well as service to the department, faculty, Institute or University, particularly as this relates to advancing the area of child and adolescent mental health.

The Chair will have the opportunity to be part of a prolific and diverse research environment in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the Department of Psychiatry and The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, with access to state of the art core infrastructure. Outstanding opportunities for collaboration are available with established research programs in diverse areas of neuroscience, epidemiology, health systems and informatics.

Inspired by the vision “Healthy Brains for Better Lives”, the strategic goals of the HBI are to make key, internationally recognized discoveries and transform clinical research in the neurosciences and mental health. This research chair would be housed in the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education. The mission of the Mathison Centre is to produce trailblazing research and education on the early identification, treatment, and prevention of mental health disorders. The Centre, created in 2012, brings together 75 investigators from six faculties across the University of Calgary and provides an enriched environment for mental health research and the training of students and fellows at the university’s Cumming School of Medicine. This research program will help the Mathison Centre realize its vision of being a leading mental health research centre and a hub bringing together mental health researchers across campus. Their will linkages to preclinical expertise in this area at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and capacity to collaborate with a wide variety of scientists exploring the mechanistic underpinnings of how different compounds impact brain and behavior.

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The Cumming School of Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce that will contribute to creating the future of health. We are committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests, and talents feel welcome and supported. This includes the provision of a formal mentoring program, internal grant review programs that enhance success in research grant applications, pilot funding programs and other support programs.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link via the University of Calgary Careers site. Please be aware the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents such as publications):

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees
  • Statement of research interests and a description of a proposed 5-year research plan for the Chair

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Questions about this position may be directed to:

Dr. Valerie H Taylor

Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry



Dr. Paul Arnold

Professor and Director, Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education


Application deadline: June 30, 2021

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website ( For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine (

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)


The candidate must be eligible for Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Must read, write and speak English.

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

Recruiter Contact:

Dr. Valerie Taylor

Head, Dept of Psychiatry

1403 29 St NW, Calgary, AB

Calgary, T2N 2T9

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