Lab Lecturer/Coordinator in Cell and Molecular Biology

General Information
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Friday, May 29, 2020
Faculty: teaching faculty
Lab Lecturer/Coordinator in Cell and Molecular Biology
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to Friday, June 30, 2023
Budget Funded
Job Description

The Biology program, jointly administered by the Departments of Botany and Zoology, invites applications for a three-year lecturer position in cell and molecular biology. The position is a 50% Botany and 50% Zoology appointment.

The applicant should have experience organizing and teaching hypothesis-driven laboratory experiments and exercises in upper-level undergraduate courses, teaching undergraduate classes using interactive approaches (for example using flipped or blended learning approaches), creating and applying evaluations of learning, and mentoring and managing teaching assistants. We seek an individual with excellent communication, organizational and teaching skills, and a record of excellence in teaching. A PhD with demonstrated specialization in cellular and molecular biology is required, and additional professional qualifications are desirable.

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for teaching lab courses, BIOL 340 (Introductory Cell Biology Laboratory) and/or BIOL 341 (Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory), but may be assigned other lecture-based courses as needed. Course-related teaching duties include but are not limited to:

  • Preparing and delivering clear, engaging and interactive classes
  • Developing learning assessment strategies and materials for students
  • Supervising and mentoring teaching assistants in their instruction and evaluation of students
  • Training of senior undergraduates hired as peer mentors
  • Interacting with students through office hours and online tools
  • Initial duties will also include preparing online versions of lab content, to enable remote teaching and learning
  • Knowledge of R and the ability incorporate R in the data analysis component of the course will be highly desirable
  • Laboratory related administrative duties include:
  • supervising and working with lab technicians
  • updating the course website and discussion boards
  • ensuring compliance with university policies
  • compilation and final adjudication of grades

In addition, the applicant may be expected to contribute to the service and teaching needs of the Biology program and the Botany and Zoology Departments. These may include, but are not limited to, participation on committees and peer review of teaching. The applicant will be expected to use best practice in all instructional roles, promoting critical thinking and scientific inference and encouraging active participation from a diverse array of undergraduate students.

The position is a three-year contract, subject to demonstration of satisfactory performance by the end of the first year.

Please contact for additional information. All email correspondence must indicate the Cell and Molecular Biology lecturer position in the subject line.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression , racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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

Application Procedure

Application packages should be submitted as a single PDF document to, consisting of:

(i) A cover letter outlining qualification for the position (ii) A curriculum vitae (iii) A one-page statement on teaching philosophy (iv) Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluation of teaching/course)

Applicants should also arrange to have at least three confidential letters of recommendation submitted by the referees via email to by the deadline.

The closing date for applications is May 29, 2020 at 5pm, with appointment anticipated to begin on July 1, 2020.