Faculty Opportunities

Lecturer in Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology (www.microbiology.ubc.ca) at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia invites applications for a three-year lecturer position in microbiology. The applicant should have experience organizing and teaching laboratory courses and teaching lower-level undergraduate classes using interactive approaches, creating and applying learning assessments, and mentoring and managing teaching assistants. The applicant will be expected to use best practices in all instructional roles, promote critical thinking and scientific inference, and foster an inclusive learning environment.

We seek an individual with excellent communication, organizational, and teaching skills, as well as a documented record of excellence in teaching. A PhD with demonstrated specialization in either microbiology or immunology is required, and additional professional qualifications are desirable.

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for teaching upper-level laboratory courses (MICB 421/447) and second year microbiology courses (MICB 201/202) but may be assigned other lecture-based courses as needed. See https://www.microbiology.ubc.ca/undergraduate/courses for course descriptions. Course-related teaching duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Preparing and delivering clear, engaging and interactive classes. 
  • Developing learning assessment strategies and materials for students.
  • Employing learning management systems and discussion boards.
  • Supervising and mentoring teaching assistants in their instruction and evaluation of students.
  • Interacting with students through office hours and online tools.
  • Preparing online versions of course content to enable remote teaching and learning.
  • Teaching use of data science tools such as R.
  • Mentoring students to conduct independent research in a team environment.
  • Performing laboratory-related administrative duties including supervising and working with lab technicians and ensuring compliance with university policies.

In addition, the applicant may be expected to contribute to the service and teaching needs of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. These may include participation on committees related to their teaching duties.

The position is a three-year contract, subject to demonstration of satisfactory performance by the end of the first year. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All positions are subject to finalbudgetary approval. The successful candidate may start the position between July 1, 2021 and January 1, 2022.

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. Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

Application packages must be submitted as a single PDF document to https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8if9N9p1TUSearA consisting of:

(i) A cover letter outlining qualification for the position
(ii) A curriculum vitae
(iii) A two-page statement on teaching philosophy and accomplishments including course development.

(iv) Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluation of teaching)

Applicants should also arrange to have at least three confidential letters of recommendation submitted by the referees via email to micb.recruitment@ubc.ca by the deadline of April 15, 2021.

All inquiries should be sent to this e-mail address with “Lecturer position” in the subject line.