Teaching Faculty Positions @ Simon Fraser University (CAN)

February 26, 2020
Teaching Faculty Positions
The Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University invites applications for
two continuing teaching faculty appointments at the rank of Lecturer.
Lecturer in Genetics and Microbiology
The successful applicant will be a dedicated and innovative teacher, responsible for
instructing courses in genetics and microbiology. Areas of expertise should include
microbiology, genetics, and molecular biology. Note minimum qualifications below.
Lecturer in Plant Biology and Plant Physiology
The successful applicant will be a dedicated and innovative teacher, responsible for
instructing courses in plant biology and plant physiology. Areas of expertise should
include the biology of plants and algae, from structural and physiological perspectives.
Additional expertise in biology of fungi and/or developmental biology of plants would be
an asset. Note minimum qualifications below.
Individuals must have the ability to instruct both lecture and laboratory courses, across
all years, using modern, evidence-based teaching approaches. All lecturers in the
department also contribute to our first-year laboratory courses (for majors and nonmajors), and there may be opportunities to develop and teach additional courses,
depending on personal interest and departmental needs. Excellent communication and
relevant laboratory skills are essential. Leadership in curriculum development, training
and supervision of teaching assistants, and contributions to department and university
service are expected. Applicants should be collaborative and able to work well in a team
that includes other faculty members, graduate student teaching assistants, and
technical support staff.
The successful applicant will join a large, congenial, community-engaged department
that has a broad teaching and research mission with 43 faculty, including 9 teaching
faculty. We teach and train about 600 undergraduate majors in three concentrations
(Cells, Molecules & Physiology; Ecology, Evolution & Conservation; Open), have close
teaching collaborations with other life science departments in the Faculty of Science,
and also serve many students from other Faculties.
Minimum qualifications include a Masters degree in a relevant area of biological
sciences, plus teaching experience in post-secondary biology courses. Preferred 
qualifications include experience as a lecturer and/or lab instructor (with primary
responsibility for instruction) in a breadth of biology courses, with a focus on the areas
relevant to each position. We strongly prefer applicants with demonstrated
qualifications and past success in finding innovative solutions to challenges in teaching,
course design, and curriculum development. Salary will be commensurate with
experience (www.sfu.ca/faculty-relations/salary.html). Anticipated starting date is
September 1, 2020.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae including teaching experience,
and a one-page statement of teaching approach and accomplishments in a single PDF to
Dr. Isabelle Côté, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, via an online application
Lecturer in Genetics and Microbiology:
Lecturer in Plant Biology and Physiology:
Selected candidates will be asked to submit a teaching dossier including evidence of
teaching effectiveness and innovation, and to have three letters of recommendation
submitted on their behalf. Questions about the application process can be directed to
the Chair’s secretary (biscsec@sfu.ca).
Applicants will be considered until the position is filled, but applications received before
March 25, 2020 will receive first consideration. All qualified candidates are encouraged
to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. This
position is contingent on final budgetary approval.
Simon Fraser University, located in the greater Vancouver area, is an equity employer and
encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities,
visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and
others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All appointments are
subject to budgetary authorization. Under the authority of the University Act personal
information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be
collected. For further details see