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The University of British Columbia, Department of Zoology
Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
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Sep 29, 2023

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The Department of Zoology in the Faculty of Science at The University of British Columbia seeks candidates to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Teaching position in the Biology Undergraduate Program in the area of animal physiology. The UBC Biology Program values excellence in teaching and our courses are student-centred and emphasize evidence-based effective practices in large and small enrollment courses.

Applicants must either have a PhD in physiology or a related field, or a comparable combination of graduate education and scholarly background. They should have teaching and research experience in animal physiology or related fields. Experience with evidence-based teaching, discipline-based educational research and/or scholarship of teaching and learning is strongly preferred. Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of outstanding teaching, excellent pedagogical content knowledge and expertise in the subject area, and the ability to contribute to ongoing curriculum and course development. The ability and willingness to teach a range of subject matter and at various levels of instruction will be considered an asset. Candidates must be committed to improving biology teaching.

Duties of the position primarily involve running a large undergraduate teaching laboratory in animal physiology, conducting weekly laboratories and tutorials, delivering lectures, training and coordinating teaching assistants associated with the laboratory, and engaging students in the process of science in a laboratory setting. As a member of the UBC Educational Leadership stream, which consists of nearly 14 tenure-track faculty, the candidate is expected to demonstrate promise in educational leadership. Please see for examples of current educational leadership within the Faculty of Science.  There are also opportunities to work in collaboration with Science Education Specialists ( in the Biology Program. The candidate is expected to participate actively in departmental activities, service, events, and initiatives.  The successful candidates will have a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, to create a welcoming community for all, particularly those who are historically, persistently or systemically marginalized.

The successful applicant will become a member of the Department of Zoology ( and teach within the UBC Biology program, which is offered in partnership with the Department of Botany. UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. As one of the world's leading universities, UBC creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world. The Vancouver campus of UBC is situated on traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam).

Application packages must include

(1) Cover letter (up to 2 pages) that outlines:

• Your background and expertise in animal physiology.

• How your expertise and scholarship in teaching will integrate within the UBC Biology Program.

• How you have displayed leadership in education, community engagement, outreach, and other relevant activities.

(2) Curriculum vitae, including a summary of teaching experience

(3) Statement (up to 2 pages) of teaching interests and philosophy including evidence of past effectiveness

(4) Diversity statement (1 page) describing your lived background experience (if comfortable), and your past experience and future plans regarding working with a diverse student body, and contributing to a culture of equity and inclusion.

(5) Contact information for three or more people willing to serve as references

Applications must be addressed to Dr. Colin Brauner and submitted on Academic Jobs Online:

The closing date for applications is October 1st, 2023, with the appointment anticipated to begin on or after July 1, 2024.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  Inclusion is built by individual and institutional responsibility through continuous engagement with diversity to inspire people, ideas, and actions for a better world. 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, Métis, Inuk, or Indigenous person. In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority, and members of historically marginalized groups will be given special consideration.

Also, within this hiring process we will make efforts to create an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities).  Confidential accommodations are available on request for applicants who are short-listed by contacting Zoology Manager of Human Resources (

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