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Assistant Professor of Visual Neuroscience (Designated Position)

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Position Title Assistant Professor of Visual Neuroscience (Designated Position)
Posting Number F620P
Type of position Tenure Stream
Department/Unit Medical Neuroscience
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
About the opportunity
The Department of Medical Neuroscience ( and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences ( in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University are seeking to recruit an outstanding scientist to join the interdepartmental Retina and Optic Nerve Research Group. This position is designated to applicants who identify in particular equity-deserving groups. Please see below for further details on eligibility. The successful candidate will hold a joint tenure-stream appointment in the Department of Medical Neuroscience (80%) and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science (20%) at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, with a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required qualifications and experience for this position include a Ph.D. or equivalent, at least three years of postdoctoral experience, demonstrated research excellence in visual neuroscience, and demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded, dynamic research program in visual neuroscience. Applicants with research programs in fundamental and/or translational aspects of retinal circuitry, cell biology, or physiology, including the optic nerve and retinal pigment epithelium, as well as mechanisms of neurodegenerative and genetic vision disorders, are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will expand interactions with clinical research groups in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, leading to collaborative translational research efforts, and participate in the training of ophthalmology residents and fellows. As a member of the Department of Medical Neuroscience, they will have opportunities to interact and collaborate with faculty studying diverse areas of neuroscience, including neurodevelopment, spinal cord and locomotion, sleep, and nerve injury, and train students in the Medical Neuroscience graduate program. They will also contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and administrative activities at the departmental and faculty levels.

The successful candidate will join the Retina and Optic Nerve Research Laboratory, a shared laboratory space that includes facilities for microscopy, cell and tissue culture, live cell and in vivo ocular imaging, and electrophysiology. To support their research program, the successful candidate will have access to dedicated laboratory space, start-up funds, and state-of-the-art core facilities including Cellular and Molecular Digital Imaging, Biological Mass Spectrometry, Electron Microscopy, and Histology ( Additionally, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science offers competitive research funding for new faculty members and scholarships for vision research trainees at all levels.

As the top-ranked university in Atlantic Canada, Dalhousie is home to a vibrant learning and research community. The Medical School is blocks away from the main campus and University hospitals, with opportunities for interactions with Dalhousie’s other faculties, such as Science, Engineering, Computer Science, and Arts and Sciences. We are located in the heart of Halifax, a short distance from downtown, the waterfront, and public parks. Faculty members are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package.

Applications must be submitted online via PeopleAdmin at: and include a Cover Letter, a Curriculum Vitae, a Research Statement that outlines past achievements and future research plans (maximum 3 pages), a Teaching Statement outlining experience and interests (maximum 1 page), and contact information for three references.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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

Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. In keeping with the principles of employment equity, this position is designated to candidates who self-identify in one or more of the following groups: Indigenous persons (Mi’kmaq are especially encouraged to apply), persons of Black/African descent (African Nova Scotians are especially encouraged to apply), members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, and persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. For more information, please visit

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Posting Detail Information

Open Date
Close Date 10/15/2024
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Research Statement
  5. List of referees
Optional Documents