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Laboratory Instructor – Biology

Category: Academic
Closing Date: February 1, 2020

Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) is a community of learning grounded in scholarship and academic freedom, preparing students to be independent thinkers, ethical leaders and citizens for the common good. Concordia University of Edmonton is situated on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton’s historic Highlands neighborhood. Supporting a student body of approximately 3,000, Concordia University of Edmonton is known for our small class sizes and our excellence in teaching. Our small classes and diverse student population provide an excellent opportunity for engaging with students in a sustained and nurturing way unique within the Canadian university system. CUE is also an institution that values research in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and management. CUE’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is seeking candidates for the position of Laboratory Instructor. This full-time permanent position is available to begin August 1, 2020.

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at CUE offers 3- and 4-year Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and environmental science, giving students the option to either prepare for a professional career or move forward to professional programs or graduate school. The programs are designed to give students a broad understanding of the foundational concepts in biology and environmental science. Students are exposed to extensive laboratory experience that supports and expands upon concepts discussed in lectures while allowing them to gain a variety of practical skills.

The successful candidate will bring both informed professional practice, and academic scholarship to the program and will have:

  • A minimum of Master’s degree in Biology or Environmental Science is required.
  • Demonstrated teaching effectiveness in teaching through student evaluations at the bachelor level in introductory as well as senior level laboratory courses in biology and Environmental science.
  • Empathetic approach to the instructional needs and concerns of students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially as a team member in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in Occupational Health and Safety (WHIMIS 2015) as well as First Aid training.
  • Experience using Learning Management Systems, such as Moodle, is an asset.
  • Experience and knowledge, including troubleshooting, of common instrumentation as well as equipment maintenance is an asset.

Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Coordination of laboratory teaching and resources.
  • Collection, marking, and correction of weekly laboratory assignments.
  • Preparation of instructional and testing material relevant to the laboratory periods.
  • Providing constructive feedback to students and maintaining regular office hours.
  • Developing of new labs as well as updating/revising of lab manuals in all areas of undergraduate biology and environmental science and other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will be committed to growing professional relationships with faculty, staff, students, and the broader community, promoting diversity and inclusion as broadly understood.

Interested individuals may contact Dr. Mariola Janowicz for further information at mariola.janowicz@concordia.ab.ca. All application packages must be directed to Human Resources, as specified below.

Closing Date: Please note that this position is subject to budgetary approval. Application review will commence February 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

 Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience as per Concordia’s Faculty Association Collective Agreement: https://concordia.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Collective-Agreement-2016-2021-FINAL-signed-April-21-2017.pdf

Application packages must include:

  • A cover letter (including a statement of citizenship/immigration status);
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • Official transcripts of all graduate-level courses;
  • A teaching portfolio including a statement on teaching philosophy;
  • Recent student evaluations of university teaching (if applicable); and
  • A statement describing past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion, broadly understood, and/or plans to make future contributions.
  • Note that shortlisted candidates will be requested to provide three confidential professional and/or post-secondary letters of reference.

The successful candidate must be able to provide a satisfactory Criminal Records Check.

Please forward a complete application package to careers@concordia.ab.ca.

Concordia University of Edmonton is an equal-opportunity employer. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.