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Assistant Professor in Cell Biology

Closing date: November 1, 2017 at 4pm

The Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in Cell Biology. This is a tenure track position, with initial appointment to be made at the Assistant Professor level, beginning no earlier than July 1, 2018. We seek an outstanding applicant with an innovative research program that uses a genetic model system to examine fundamental aspects of biology from a cellular and organismal perspective.

The position requires a Ph.D. degree, postdoctoral experience and an exceptional research track record. Applicants employing non-mammalian (genetic) model systems are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities of the position include establishing and conducting an internationally competitive and externally funded research program, excellent teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervising graduate students, and participating on service committees for the department, university, and academic/scientific community.

The successful applicant will become a member of the Department of Zoology and also a member of the Life Sciences Institute (http://lsi.ubc.ca), a world-class group of scientists studying fundamental research in the life sciences. The candidate will also actively interact with the broadly based group of animal physiologists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists in the Zoology Department.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching accomplishments and/or interests, and up to four publications to Dr. Robert Shadwick at cell2017@zoology.ubc.ca. Letters of support from three referees should be sent to the same address. Deadline for applications is November 1st, 2017.

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.

UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Biodiversity Studies

Closing date: September 18, 2017 at 4pm

The Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, invites applications for a President’s Excellence Chair in Biodiversity Studies. We welcome applications from diverse candidates working in any area of biodiversity research, and on any organisms or ecosystems. Candidates are expected to have an innovative and integrative research program that would extend and complement existing faculty strengths in conservation biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, microbial evolution, physiology, and systematics. We are especially interested in candidates with a track record of effective societal engagement. The appointment is expected to be at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, according to the qualifications of the candidate. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree, postdoctoral experience, and an outstanding research program, as well as demonstrated excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level. UBC is close to marine, freshwater, temperate rainforest, grassland, alpine and boreal habitats. On-campus facilities include greenhouses, aquatic facilities, the UBC Farm and Botanical Garden, and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The appointment will begin no earlier than July 1, 2018.

The successful applicant will join the Biodiversity Research Centre, which provides exceptional opportunities to interact with an outstanding and collegial research community, develop strengths in research and graduate teaching, study and contribute to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s collections (http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/), and participate in the Museum’s outreach efforts. The Chairholder also will become a member of the academic Department(s) and Faculty most closely associated with their research interests.

Queries and applications should be directed to Sally Otto . Applicants should send, as a single pdf, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research (maximum of 3 pages), statement of teaching accomplishments and/or interests (maximum of 2 pages), up to four publications, and the names and contact information for three referees.

Review of applications will begin in the fall and will continue until the position is filled (for full consideration, please submit materials by September 18, 2017).

UBC embraces equity and diversity as integral to our academic mission. We encourage and support participation of the widest range of perspectives in our exploration and exchange of knowledge and ideas. An essential component of academic excellence is a truly open and diverse community that actively fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or excluded. We encourage applications from members of groups that have historically been marginalized, based on their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, racialization, disability, 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.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching. Surrounded by the beauty of the Canadian West, UBC embraces bold new ways of thinking that attract exceptional students and faculty. It is a place where innovative ideas are nurtured in a globally connected research community, providing unparalleled opportunities to learn, discover and contribute.

For more information on the President's Excellence Chairs at UBC please visit: ubc.ca/excellence

Assistant Professor in Comparative Animal Physiology & Biomechanics

Closing date: September 1, 2017 at 4pm

The Department of Zoology at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, invites applications for a faculty position in Comparative Animal Physiology & Biomechanics. We seek an outstanding individual with an innovative and integrative research program that would extend and complement existing faculty strengths in Comparative Animal Physiology and Biomechanics. The position is tenure track and is expected to be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral experience and an excellent research record. The appointment will begin no earlier than July 1, 2018.

We welcome candidates working on any group of animals and particularly encourage candidates who expand our research and teaching approaches. The candidate will also actively interact with the large group of biologists in the Department of Zoology. The Department includes more than 38 principal investigators and promotes integrative research in biology. Its faculty and students pursue cutting edge questions in Cell and Developmental Biology, Comparative Animal Physiology and Biomechanics, Ecology and Evolution. The successful applicant will become a full member of the Department of Zoology in the Faculty of Science. Further information on the Department is available at http://www.zoology.ubc.ca

Responsibilities of the position include establishing and conducting an internationally competitive and externally funded research program, excellent teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervising graduate and undergraduate students, and participating on service committees for the Department, University, and academic/scientific community.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, names and email addresses for three referees, and up to four publications to Jeffrey Richards at cpb2017@zoology.ubc.ca. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2017.

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.

Sessional Lecturer – Winter term 1, 2017

Closing date: August 8, 2017 at 5pm

Applications are invited in Term 1 of the upcoming Winter Session - September 1 to December 31, 2017, to teach the following course:

Biology 112 – Biology of the Cell: The principles of cellular and molecular biology using bacterial and eukaryotic examples – 3 credits.

Job description: Primary duties include instruction of undergraduates, teaching assistant instruction, grading assignments and exams. Lectures run from September 6, 2017 to December 2, 2017. The Final Exam period is from December 6, 2017 to December 21, 2017.

Qualification and skills: Candidates should have a MSc. in Biology or Zoology, and relevant teaching experience at the post-secondary level in the area of Cell Biology. (Term 1)

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The current minimum salary for a 3 credit course is $6,516.08 with a top up for high enrollment.

Applications should include an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a one-page teaching philosophy, and names, addresses and e-mail or telephone contact information of three people who can be contacted to provide reference letters. Applications should be emailed to: Shona Ellis, (shona@mail.ubc.ca).

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.

CLOSING DATE: August 8, 2017

SCIENCE EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Closing date: August 8, 2017 at 5pm

JOB SUMMARY A position is available for a Faculty of Science-funded education specialist (SES) embedded in the Department of Zoology. The specialist will coordinate and support scholarship of teaching and learning projects, advise faculty on teaching and learning practices, and work with them on course and curriculum revisions, pedagogical improvement projects, and assessment of teaching and learning effectiveness. A key role will be to mentor faculty instructors and graduate student teaching assistants using best practices relating to teaching. Occasionally an SES will participate in the instruction of specific courses for undergraduates in order to support pedagogical advancement and the improvement of departmental instruction.

Successful applicants will have disciplinary expertise in Biological Sciences, such as a graduate degree or equivalent experience in a related discipline. They will bring expertise in pedagogy and evidence-based educational practices in the context of undergraduate life-science education. They will receive ongoing support, mentoring and training in science education, including through professional development workshops coordinated by the Faculty of Science Centre for Learning and Teaching (Skylight).

ORGANIZATIONAL STATUS This appointment will be made in the Department of Zoology (Faculty of Science). The position reports jointly to the Associate Head of the undergraduate Biology Program and to the Director of Skylight & to the Administrator, Zoology for administrative purposes. Works closely with faculty members and other members of instructional teams (including teaching assistants and other students who may be hired to help with projects). Interacts with peers in their home department, in other departments and with Skylight personnel. May supervise teaching assistants and/or student research assistants.

WORK PERFORMED Instructional guidance: -assist instructors in developing and implementing new courses and in improving existing courses, and in revising and coordinating revision of curriculum at a course and/or program level -advise and support faculty teaching activities and teaching and learning development projects; assist in developing, deploying and archiving instructional materials -collect, distil, and communicate data to guide faculty/department efforts, including the design of evaluation tools (e.g., concept questions, surveys, focus group questions) -advise/collaborate with faculty on teaching and learning project proposal development (e.g., applications for large and small Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund projects and Skylight development grants) -liaise with members of Skylight and the UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology to coordinate educational technology support and receive administrative assistance -prepare and present departmental reports on pedagogical projects and initiatives -coordinate departmental activities towards the achievement of the departmental vision around teaching and learning Faculty and Teaching Assistant development: -coach faculty in evidence-based teaching practices, possibly as part of a paired instruction arrangement -serve as a resource for evidence-based teaching practice -provide formative, informal expert feedback to instructors on their teaching -develop and deliver professional development workshops related to instruction for faculty members and graduate teaching assistants -facilitate the professional development of faculty in teaching and learning through workshops and one-on-one consultations, providing expertise and support in planning, designing and implementation of evidence-based teaching practices and resources, and measuring the effectiveness of these interventions Discipline-based education research: -consult and collaborate with faculty members on scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) activities, such as discipline-based educational research (DBER) -disseminate scholarly work in collaboration with faculty by publishing in peer-reviewed journals or through presentation at national and international conferences -design educational research experiments and collect relevant data for course projects; publish newly developed instruments or novel methods Community building: -facilitate communication and help to build consensus around teaching and learning practices within the department -liaise across departments in the Faculty of Science and with colleagues at other institutions in the same discipline -serve on committees related to departmental teaching and learning activities -organize and participate in department activities related to instructional practice, including teaching retreats, discussion series, science education seminars, reading groups Participate in centrally-organized work and activities, including collaboration on Faculty of Science-wide projects, active participation with the community of peers across departments, attending and contributing at Skylight meetings, Supper Series, and at the Science Education Open House; serve on additional committees as needed As part of the larger teaching improvement mission, may be asked occasionally to instruct in courses under development/study identified as in need of pedagogical advancement. This would be less than one course a year, at most twice in a three year time span, and would be done under an Honorary Lecturer appointment

CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR The incumbent will be providing instructional expertise to improve the effectiveness of teaching by faculty instructors and teaching assistants in the department, and will advise on the development and improvement of organizational practices and department teaching methods and materials; they will participate in the assessment of program offerings and peer review of teaching. Errors will impact the overall success of department teaching programs, and our ability to improve the teaching success of individual faculty members, which could negatively impact their career progress.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED The role reports jointly to the Associate Head of the undergraduate Biology Program and to the Director of Skylight & for administrative purposes - to the Administrator, Zoology. The incumbent will work under general guidelines. Work is reviewed in terms of achievement and effectiveness of the department's educational goals.

SUPERVISION GIVEN This role provides guidance and advice to faculty members and other instructors on pedagogical skills, teaching practices and curriculum. May supervise graduate and undergraduate teaching, academic or research assistants (TAs, UTAs, GRAs, URAs GAAs, UAAs) who may be hired to support DBER and SoTL projects.

QUALIFICATIONS Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. A Graduate degree in mathematics or science is preferred in an area related to department where work will be performed, or equivalent experience, is required so that the incumbent will have sufficient knowledge of the subject to provide relevant pedagogical guidance in the courses taught. Must have knowledge of current pedagogical research and best practices in teaching. Experience working in an instructional capacity with undergraduates is required (as an instructor or teaching assistant). Experience in curriculum development and assessment of teaching effectiveness is considered an asset. Experience with learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard) and other educational technologies would also be an asset. Minimum of four years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Required skills: Ability to lead change by creating a vision and taking appropriate action to ensure acceptance and support Ability to instruct and provide training in pedagogical best practices Ability to initiate and conduct research projects Ability to analyze and interpret data, determine implications, and provide recommendations Good assessment and evaluation skills Ability to give effective presentations Excellent writing and verbal communication skills Good management and organizational skills Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision Ability to deal with a diversity of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner Experience with Microsoft Office

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.

Postdoctoral position with the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative in Biology

Closing date: July 31, 2017 at 4pm

We are seeking a postdoctoral science teaching and learning fellow for a 1-year position with the Life Sciences Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (LS-CWSEI) (http://www.cwsei.ubc.ca/) to perform educational research and help to improve the quality of our undergraduate Biology major.

The work will involve assessing the UBC undergraduate Biology program with respect to the teaching of skills associated with reading the scientific literature and scientific writing. Once this assessment has been completed, the postdoctoral science teaching and learning fellow will work with interested faculty to develop resources to promote the use of scientific literature in undergraduate classes.

Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. in any area of Biology within the last three years. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, English fluency, and a strong personal commitment to science education are also required. Experience in educational materials or curriculum development and familiarity with current pedagogical research at the post-secondary level will be considered assets. Candidates with a Ph.D. in Education and a M.Sc. in Biology will also be considered

The appointment will be for one year.

Applicants should submit a CV, statement of teaching and pedagogical experience and/or training, and the names and contact information (including phone and e-mail) of up to three references to: Patricia Schulte (Departmental director LS-CWSEI) electronically to pschulte@zoology.ubc.ca

Review of applications will begin July 31, 2017, with the appointment anticipated to begin on September 1, 2017.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. The positions are subject to final budgetary approval. Salary and title will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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.

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