University of Alberta

Deputy Director, Neuroscience & Mental Health Institute (NMHI)

Faculty of Medicine &Dentistry - Office of Research - Translational Science Institute (TSI)

Competition No.  -    A104436375
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (FoMD) is seeking applicants for the position of Deputy Director, Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI). This is a 0.3 FTE position, reporting to the Director, NMHI.

The Deputy Director of the NMHI, a University of Alberta Translational Science Institute (TSI), is responsible for advancing the Mission of the Institute, in collaboration with the NMHI Director, the Dean of the FoMD and in consultation with various strategic stakeholders (internal and external to the University of Alberta). The Deputy Director is responsible for ensuring the execution of strategic deliverables that contribute to the building of the Institute.

The preferred candidate will be a faculty member, willing to help create an international center of excellence in neuroscience and mental health research, education and care, wherein clinical outcomes are addressed with scientific inquiry and where research drives innovations in disease prevention, care, treatment, and survivorship; establish and maintain partnerships that advance NMHI’s Mission; and maximize and efficiently utilize resources to achieve NMHI’s Mission in collaboration with the NMHI Director, TSI Operations Director and the NMHI Executive.

Individuals pursuing research in mental health are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work collaboratively with the Institute Director, TSI Operations Director, and the NMHI Executive including Associate Directors, to use NMHI resources effectively. The Deputy Director is a member of both the Executive and Steering Committees of the NMHI.
  • To serve as a surrogate Institute Director in the absence of the Director including attendance  at the FoMD Institutes Steering Committee and the FoMD Faculty Research Committee.
  • To attend weekly meetings of the Institute Director, Educational Associate Director, TSI Operations Director and Educational Administrator of the NMHI.
  • To champion a culture of rational, bidirectional translation between clinical and basic science members of the institute to foster development both of treatments and important new research.
  • Connect with stakeholders (Government, Government funding agencies, AHS/SCNs, relevant charities/NGOs) with respect to the Institute’s discovery, pre-clinical, clinical and health outcomes work plan and agenda.
  • Help to populate NMHI with projects from basic discovery/pre-clinical research, early first-in- human trials, health outcomes and health services research that increase organizational competitiveness for major/team grants, informed by input from the NMHI Executive and Steering Committees. 
  • Work with the Associate Director Education, and others to develop curriculum and obtain necessary institutional approvals for translational science educational programming. 
  • Help to maintain effective relations with participating NMHI Faculties and stakeholders by communicating educational programming goals & opportunities and research collaboration strategies across the University and to relevant external entities.
  • Help to develop and coordinate career opportunities for NMHI educational programming graduates with academic department chairs and other NMHI teams.
  • Oversee NMHI signature activities.
  • In collaboration with the Institute Director and TSI Operations Director to help prepare annual reports to the University on activities and initiatives.

Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest outlining their goals and related experience, as well as a recent CV and the names of three references by August 1, 2018. Interested individuals should consult with their chair to seek alignment with career goals and aspirations, as this is a significant commitment to the Faculty.


The position will remain open until the recommendation is accepted and an individual is appointed.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.