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Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Addictions and Comorbidity, Department of Psychology

Job ID: 27270

Updated: November 3, 2022

Location: Main Campus

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Description

The Department of Psychology, in conjunction with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, at the University of Calgary invites applications for Tier II Canada Research Chair Position in Addictions and Comorbidity. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) in the Department of Psychology within the Faculty of Arts. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.

The Department of Psychology is a research-intensive department with high standards in teaching. We value interdisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourage collaboration. The department is the administrative home for the Prairie node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM). For more information about the Department, please click here and for CRISM click here. The Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) is one of seven health institutes in the Cumming School of Medicine. The HBI’s focus on mental health/illness is housed within the Mathison Centre.  HBI/Mathison recently launched an initiative entitled Integrated Pathway from Addiction to Health (iPATH) that focuses research activity on translating foundational knowledge of substance use and misuse  towards community prevention, navigation, and treatment. For more information about HBI, please click here, and for the Mathison Centre please click here.

We are seeking applications from individuals with a PhD in Clinical Psychology who are eligible for licensure as a psychologist in Alberta.  Applicants should have an established research focus in addictions and co-morbid conditions. We particularly encourage applications from individuals who take a transdisciplinary perspective, with specialized expertise in understanding commonalities across addictions in etiology, onset, maintenance, and course. This could include (but is not limited to) neural substrates, childhood adversity and its effects, cognitive reward valuation, negative emotionality, stress and resilience, and/or family and cultural influences. 

Selection criteria for this position will include research excellence and originality, demonstrated effectiveness in teaching and supervision, and demonstrated ability (or strong potential) to secure competitive external funding. These criteria will be judged based on the quantity and quality of publications to date; teaching dossier with ratings or other indications of quality; awards, scholarships, and other recognitions for research and teaching excellence; and record of competitive funding, including competitive studentships and fellowships.

Candidates for the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Comorbidity must be excellent emerging researchers who possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at the Assistant Professor Level. Tier II Canada Research Chairs must have completed their PhD or equivalent, less than 10 years ago at the time of their nomination. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, and research interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier II Canada Research Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. Please contact UCalgary’s Office of Research Services for more information: [email protected] . Please consult the Government of Canada’s CRC website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

The successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain an active research program, and to contribute to the Department’s teaching and research supervision in both undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, some administrative service to the department, the faculty, the university or the community is expected.

The University recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged, but not required, to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to consider, and be sensitive to, the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s academic  productivity.

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

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees, and written permission to the Chair of the Selection Committee to contact the referees for letters of references
  • Statement of research interests (not to exceed two pages)
  • Teaching dossier
  • An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement

All applications must be received by December 9, 2022, at which time the Academic Selection Committee will begin reviewing applications to select applicants to invite for on-site interviews. 

The University of Calgary and the Department of Psychology 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; in particular, we encourage members of the four designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities) to apply. A number of resources are available on campus to support diversity and inclusion on campus, including two daycares, the Q Centre, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Protected Disclosure, the Native Centre, and the Women’s Resource Centre. For more information, please visit the department EDI page.

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.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, 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. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

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)

Additional Information

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 visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary
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
About Calgary, Alberta

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. 

Posting Date: October 28, 2022
Closing Date: December 9, 2022


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