Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Clinical Biomarkers in Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Disorders University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine Canada

Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Clinical Biomarkers in Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 17892

Updated: March 22, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description


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 Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Clinical Biomarkers in Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Disorders. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure-track) and will be nominated for a CRC Tier II Chair.


The successful candidate will establish an active research program that focuses on translating biomarker findings into clinical care during the unique developmental periods defined by childhood and adolescence. They will lead an innovative clinical research program combining data from multiple levels of analysis in the prediction of treatment or disease outcomes in children and adolescents being treated for mood and anxiety disorders. The ability to interact with existing neuromodulation / neurostimulation research groups (TDCS, TMS, DBS or MR-guided focus ultrasound) is required.


Qualifications include an MD and more than five years of additional research experience. An advanced degree and post-doctoral research experience in mood research 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. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level must have evidence of a track record of publications in high impact journals. Applicants at the Associate Professor level must present evidence of a strong publication record, as well as a demonstrated ability to attract peer-reviewed funding. 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 75% 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 mental health.


The Chair will have the opportunity to be part of a prolific and diverse research environment in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Department of Psychiatry and 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, imaging 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. The Canada Research Chair in Clinical Biomarkers in Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Disorders 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 60 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. The CRC’s 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.


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.


Tier II Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Candidates who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and who have had career breaks, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc., may have their eligibility for a Tier II Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. In cases where the candidate has more than one PhD, or have obtained a professional degree (MD, DVM, etc) in addition to a PhD, the first of these degrees is used in the 10 year qualification. Exemptions may be granted by providing a formal justification. Please contact UCalgary’s Office of Research Services for more information: Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website, including eligibility criteria.


The University of Calgary 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 give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.


Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. 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
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: May 31, 2019

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 four designated groups (women, Aboriginal People, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding diversity or requests for accommodation can be sent to Human Resources (


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 about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.


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

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