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Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor with Expertise in Lifespan Health and Development

We acknowledge and respect the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples on whose territory the university stands, and the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. The University of Victoria is committed to the ongoing work of decolonizing and Indigenizing the campus community both inside and outside the classroom.

Located in Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, close to Vancouver and Seattle, the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in Lifespan Health and Development. The position begins on 1 July 2024. 

Our faculty have expertise in leading-edge research methods and a commitment to applying Indigenous knowledge and promoting reconciliation. We conduct internationally renowned research programs in childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging. Our students also engage in interdisciplinary research in the behavioural, social, biological, and health sciences to prevent risks and improve health and well-being across the lifespan.

Salary Range
The candidate's qualifications, experience and overall market demand will determine a candidate’s final salary offer. The salary for this position includes a competitive salary range of $97,459 - $120,390. UVic is committed to offering an equitable and competitive salary, inclusive of a generous benefits package, eligible leaves and pension plan.


Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in developmental psychology by the time of the appointment, and demonstrate the potential for developing a productive research program focused on the earlier period of the lifespan (infancy, childhood, and/or adolescence). The appointment will be at the level of Assistant Professor; we are unable to consider applications from more senior candidates. Candidates must be committed to conduct or support meaningful collaborative research with Indigenous communities from a developmental perspective. Applicants must present evidence of the potential for successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in an environment that supports diverse cultures and perspectives. This position will require the teaching of courses in lifespan development, infancy and childhood, and adolescence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Expertise in qualitative methodology as well as the ability to conduct research from a developmental perspective in the areas of health psychology or environmental psychology are considered an asset.

We are seeking candidates with the potential to play a leading role in the future of the Lifespan Health and Development program. Our aim is to build on our strengths, and therefore we are seeking applicants whose research interests will complement and contribute to collaborations with other faculty and students. Duties will include maintaining a successful program of research (as evidenced by publications and external grant support), effective teaching and student supervision of a diverse student body at the undergraduate and graduate levels, respectful interactions and collaborations with colleagues, and contributions to the collegiality, reputation, and day-to-day operation of the Program, Department, and University (e.g., collaborative research, curriculum development, committee service).

Additional information

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places, and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work, and explore on the edge of what’s next—for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

The Department of Psychology offers opportunities for research collaborations with colleagues in the Cognition and Brain SciencesLifespan Health and DevelopmentSocial PsychologyClinical Psychology, and Individualized Programs including Environmental Psychology. There are also opportunities to collaborate in multidisciplinary groups such as the University’s Institute on Aging and Lifelong HealthCanadian Institute for Substance Use Research, and CanAssist.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada are requested to self-identify themselves in their application.

Contact information

To apply, please convert the following application materials into PDF format and email to the Chair of the Lifespan Search Committee Dr. Ulrich Mueller at copied to the Departmental Secretary at Please make sure to tell us about your efforts to promote equity and diversity and ability to work alongside Indigenous communities in your scholarly, teaching, and professional work.

  • a cover letter,
  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a description of research,
  • a description of teaching experience and plans,
  • copies of relevant scholarly publications, and
  • available evidence of teaching effectiveness.

In addition, please arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the same email addresses. Please ask letter writers to include your name in the subject line.

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

Application deadline

Application review will begin on March 1, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. We intend to hold interviews in Spring 2024.

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning, and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity.

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The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process are invited to contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.