Bryan Kolb Professorship / Chair in Neuroscience

The Professorship provides outstanding University of Lethbridge researchers with the opportunity to focus their academic activities on the generation and application of new knowledge in the area of behavioural neuroscience. The Professorship is awarded for a five-year term renewable for a second five-year term.

Candidates should have a strong record of research and teaching in behavioural neuroscience.  The successful candidate will conduct evidence-based research, particularly on topics related to brain development and ageing as well as related disorders such as dementia; and use behavioural, physiological, anatomical, and computational analyses of neural circuits using advanced cortical neuroimaging tools.  The research should integrate into the University curriculum, and particularly courses and concepts associated with neuroscience.  The ideal candidate will supervise, mentor, train, and teach students at the undergraduate and graduate levels and other highly qualified personnel from diverse backgrounds. The successful candidate is expected to apply for external research funding from provincial and national funding bodies to support their research program. The Professorship/Chair holder shall widely communicate and disseminate their research output and shall serve the public interest by raising public awareness and increasing awareness of neuroscience research.  The holder of the Bryan Kolb Professorship is required to submit an annual report describing the activities of the Professorship to the Vice-President (Research). 

Application Procedures

Applications should include the following items:

  1. A statement on the quality of the applicant (1) discussing the applicant’s research excellence or demonstrating initial achievements with exceptional promise, (2) addressing the original nature of the applicant’s research in behavioural neuroscience, and (3) providing evidence of the applicant’s training and preparation of the next generation of researchers at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels.  (maximum of three pages)
  2. A research plan for the five-year term of the Professorship (maximum of five pages, excluding bibliographic references). 
  3. Two external letters of support from scholars who are established authorities in the applicant’s field; who are familiar with the applicant’s record and activity in research; and who are not in a conflict of interest, as described in the University of Lethbridge Conflict of Interest Policy and the University of Lethbridge Faculty Handbook. 
  4. A current UNIWeb CV

Applications will be adjudicated by a committee chaired by the Vice-President (Research).

The application deadline is September 3, 2019.  Applications will continue to be reviewed until a suitable candidate is found. Applications should be submitted electronically, with the subject “Kolb Professorship” to Penny Pickles using Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

About the honoree

The Bryan Kolb Professorship/Chair in Neuroscience has been established as part of the strategy to foster and elevate research excellence at the University of Lethbridge. It is intended to honour Dr. Bryan Edward Kolb OC, FRSC, a Canadian neuroscientist, neuropsychologist, researcher, author, and educator. Kolb's research focuses on the organization and functions of the cerebral cortex and has contributed extensively to the literature of neuroplasticity during development and in response to experience, drugs, hormones and injury; including how these changes influence behaviour. Kolb's 1980 textbook Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, co-authored with colleague Ian Whishaw, helped define the field of neuropsychology, and as of 2015 is in its seventh edition. Kolb has published over 400 articles and chapters including co-authoring popular textbooks in neuropsychology and behavioural neuroscience. He is a Professor of Neuroscience and held a Board of Governors' Research Chair in Neuroscience for 18 years at the University of Lethbridge. He is a founding member and primary investigator at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience. In 2016, Kolb was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada.