Director Position Description

Western University in London, Ontario, Canada seeks applicants for a Director of the Western Institute for Neuroscience (WIN) Research. Applicants who can demonstrate outstanding leadership in research, training, and outreach in the field of neuroscience are encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or MD or DDS or equivalent with relevant professional designation or licensure.

Candidates should also be recognized internationally for research relevant to neuroscience. The successful candidate will hold a tenure or continuing academic appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor (commensurate with qualifications and experience), in the most appropriate Department/School and Faculty.

As Director, the candidate will hold a Western Research Chair (Leadership) and join an interdisciplinary network of collaborative researchers, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and/or clinician-scientists.

Reporting to the Vice President (Research), the Director will advance the WIN at Western University as an entity known internationally for its impact on research and knowledge mobilization across a range of specialties that include tools and technologies, basic science and applied research, in accordance with the research vision and mission. Towards this goal, the Director will identify, and enable access to, opportunities that expand the Institute’s research mission through the development of partnerships and fund-raising. Also, the Director will engage frequently with a Governing Board, the Executive Committee as well as internal and external Advisory Boards regarding strategy and vision.

The Director will inspire research excellence and actively implement processes that mobilize and support interdisciplinary research teams within the Institute. The Director will be supported by the Institute’s excellent administrative team in implementing programs/activities. Also, the Director will be expected to lead their own research program as part of an interdisciplinary network of collaborative researchers in WIN. 

The ideal candidate will have the following profile: 

  • Demonstrated excellence in neuroscience research and training at all levels (undergraduate to early career);
  • Demonstrated research leadership involving financial oversight;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Evidence of ability to build community amongst multiple stakeholders and support for open-science;
  • Evidence of ability to build effective teams of interdisciplinary researchers;
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization (EDID);
  • Evidence of ability to attract, establish and sustain internal and external partnerships; and
  • Willingness to engage and support fund-raising efforts.

Steps in the Process

Interested applicants are invited to submit a complete application package to Jann Paquette-Warren at, in confidence, as a single PDF file containing:

  • Cover letter that outlines their interest and qualifications for the role and a statement on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization in relation to their leadership;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Names of 3 referees;
  • Brief statement of interest that addresses the candidate profile listed above; and
  • Brief statement of research experience and interests.

Please ensure that the Application for Full-Time Position form is completed and included in your application submission. 

All materials will be provided to the search committee. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin August 15, 2022.

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.

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