The Department of Biological Sciences at Thompson Rivers University is made up of a diverse and collaborative group of faculty offering a B.Sc. degree with majors in: Biology; Animal Biology; Ecology and Environmental Biology; Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology; and, in collaboration with the Department of Physical Sciences, Chemical Biology. Cross-cutting themes include: the evolutionary frameworks guiding fundamental and applied ecology; responses of humans and diverse living communities to external stressors, including cellular responses; the use of classical and modern statistical, bioinformatic, and genomic tools to interrogate hypotheses and develop solutions for environmental problems. Core to these themes is a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentorship, collaboration within the Department and with colleagues across campus, participation in undergraduate Honors and MSc programs, and developing a positive environment where students are encouraged to grow as independent learners and critical thinkers.
Currently, the Department includes faculty with expertise in marine and terrestrial invertebrate, insect, bird, bat, plant, microbial (Bacteria, Archaea, fungi), and human biology, at the levels of small molecules, proteins, nucleic acids, organs, individuals, populations and communities.
We are currently seeking a Plant or Algal Biologist with demonstrated excellence in teaching and a commitment to scholarship. This posting is for a Tenure-Track Assistant Teaching Professor in the Bipartite stream (80% teaching, 20% service). Bipartite faculty members teach lecture, labs, and/or seminars totaling 8 course-equivalents/year. Most years, this means having 12-15 contact hours per week (e.g., 6-9 hours of lecture, 3-6 hours in lab) with our students each semester. Though not a requirement of the position, Bipartite faculty members do have the opportunity to supervise research students and conduct independent research. This candidate will contribute to the core themes of the Department, Faculty and University.
Contributing to teaching at the undergraduate level (across all years). Courses taught will include lecture courses and advanced laboratory courses. Depending on the successful applicant’s expertise, courses taught could include: Field Botany (BIOL 3260), Plant Physiology (BIOL 3510), Cell Biology (BIOL 2130), Developmental Biology (BIOL 3310), Cell Physiology (BIOL 3520), Principles of Biology (BIOL 1110 and/or 1210). Candidates may also have the opportunity to develop upper-level courses based on their background and expertise.
2. Developing new laboratory exercises for laboratory-based courses.
3. Participating in Departmental, Faculty and University committees.
Hiring for this position is subject to final budgetary approval.
1. PhD in Biology or related discipline required by the start date of the position.
2. Teaching experience at the university level in both labs and lectures.
3. A record of mentorship and research, including publications in peer-reviewed journals.
4. The ability to communicate effectively with students, professionals and the general public.