Instructor, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

Calgary (Region), Alberta (CA)
as per collective agreement
December 14 2020
Job ID 21850
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Position Description

The Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary invites applications for a full-time Tenure-track appointment as an Instructor with an expected start date of July 1, 2021. The primary activity for faculty members in the Instructor stream is in teaching and learning, especially in undergraduate programs. Establishing an independent and externally funded research program is not a requirement and part of an instructor appointment; however, scholarship (pedagogical and discipline-specific) and service are also expected but form smaller components of the position.

The successful candidate will contribute to the teaching and coordination (both lectures and labs/tutorials, where offered) of our first- and second-year core courses, particularly in Principles of Genetics (BIOL 311) and Introduction to Cellular & Molecular Biology (BIOL 331). The successful candidate would also contribute to teaching in and/or coordination of other courses offered by the department as required. In all courses duties include the design and development of lecture material, laboratories, assessments and other learning resources.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a discipline in the biological sciences relevant to the topics covered in our core courses. At least one-year of post-doctoral experience and/or one year of teaching experience in a post-secondary setting is required. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and learning as evidenced by established successes. We seek a candidate who uses contemporary approaches to teaching (e.g. active learning), has a strong commitment to evidence-based pedagogy as well as a broad knowledge of and interest in biological education pedagogy. Applicants should demonstrate a readiness to delivering course material both in class and online. Post-doctoral experience and/or direct experience with the scholarship of teaching and learning, or discipline-based biology education research is a requirement.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, a collaborative approach to undergraduate teaching, and the ability to work effectively as part of a teaching team and within the department.

The successful candidate will assist in the goals outlined in the recently developed institutional “Growth Through Focus” strategy and Faculty of Science strategic research plans. “Growth Through Focus" is built around three big ideas that will differentiate our university and drive growth: transdisciplinary scholarship, integration with our community and future-focused program delivery that will see us expand flexibility and customizability of the UCalgary experience. To learn more about this vision please see:

Application deadline is January 15, 2021.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via UCalgary Careers (Job ID# 21850 ( A complete application should be submitted in a single pdf, and include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Teaching Dossier and/or Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Names and contact information of three references

Applications can be addressed to:

Dr. David Hansen, Head, Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University is committed to student engagement and creating an innovative, student-centered learning environment. Information about the Department and its programs can be found at

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
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