Faculty Position in Animal Cognition

The Department of Psychology at Western University invites applications from exceptional researchers to fill a tenure-stream academic position in the area of Animal Cognition/Animal Behaviour. This hire is part of an ongoing intensive recruitment effort and period of renewal within the department. The position is probationary (tenure track), at the rank of Assistant Professor. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Western’s Department of Psychology is consistently ranked as one of the top psychology departments in Canada and internationally. We are a research-intensive department with a strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate education, and have outstanding research facilities. We invite you to visit our website: www.psychology.uwo.ca. The university campus is in London, Ontario, a thriving city of 400,000 people located midway between Toronto and Detroit. With parks, river valleys, tree-lined streets, and bicycle paths, London is known as the “Forest City” and boasts galleries, theatre, music and sporting events, and many opportunities for outdoor activities. 

The Department of Psychology has excellent animal facilities, and collegial and collaborative group of researchers that study animal cognition and behaviour in a variety of species. Facilities include i) a conventional Psychology facility for small mammals with a range of behavioural testing rooms and equipment, as well as ii) the world-leading Advanced Facility for Avian Research (http://birds.uwo.ca) that has extensive infrastructure for research on bird behaviour and physiology. Depending on research area, the successful applicant will also have the potential of becoming a member of the Brain and Mind Institute (http://www.uwo.ca/bmi) and obtaining support through Western’s BrainsCAN funds and facilities (http://brainscan.uwo.ca). 

We seek to hire a faculty member whose research will help define the future of research in Animal Cognition, and who is committed to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education. Successful applicants must have excellent communication skills and demonstrate collegiality in a comprehensive psychology department. 

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and be internationally recognized for research excellence. The successful candidate must have demonstrated an outstanding record of publishing research in the highest quality journals, evidence of potential to obtain research funding, and evidence of supervision of undergraduate and/or graduate students. The successful candidates must also clearly demonstrate a capacity to maintain a theory-driven research program with relevance to both ultimate and proximate levels of analysis of the processes of animal cognition. Outstanding researchers in any area of animal cognition, broadly defined, are invited to apply, including comparative cognition, behavioural ecology, or behavioural neuroscience. The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a vigorous externally-funded research program; teach and supervise psychology undergraduate and graduate students; and demonstrate a track record of innovative and scientifically rigorous approaches to research. 

With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses. 

Applicants are invited to submit the following via email:

  1. letter of interest
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. statement of research interests
  4. statement of teaching philosophy
  5. three publications
  6. names and contact information for three references
  7. completed Application for Full-Time Faculty Position Form (http://www.uwo.ca/facultyrelations/pdf/careers/Faculty/Application-FullTime-Faculty-Position-Form.pdf)
  8. completed Psychology Supplementary Anonymized Application (https://psychology.uwo.ca/about_us/saag.html)

The above materials should be emailed as individual PDF attachments, in confidence to:

Professor Scott MacDougall-Shackleton
Chair, Department of Psychology

Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2019.  The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2020. 

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. 

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. 

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Kimberley Baxter at kbaxter7@uwo.ca or 519-661-2065.