Assistant Professor, Biology – Mount Royal University

Assistant Professor, Biology – (999684)

About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized undergraduate university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education program and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor degrees and 38 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis, “which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the MĂ©tis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have historically been underrepresented or discouraged in our society. Diversity in our faculty, staff and students enriches the entire campus community. We welcome and will consider applications from all qualified applicants including Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities without regard to race, sexual orientation or gender identity.

About the Faculty of Science and Technology

The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology at Mount Royal University invites applications for a tenure track position which will commence July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval, at the Rank of Assistant Professor.

Mount Royal’s Faculty of Science and Technology offers Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Environmental Science, Geology, and General Science which allow students to prepare for a variety of exciting careers in science and technology, by not only teaching them the basics of science but also how to be flexible and innovative problem-solvers. Faculty members are provided with support to foster teaching, research, and leadership excellence.

The Department of Biology offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, with concentrations in Anatomy and Physiology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Ecology and Evolution. The department also provides courses for the BSc General Science, BSc Chemistry, Bachelor of Nursing, and the MRU General Education program. The Biology Department’s facilities include shared teaching/research spaces to support faculty and undergraduate research. Scholarly interests of our current faculty members include physiology, neurobiology, cellular biochemistry, plant cellular and molecular biology, biodiversity, ecology, evolution, science communication, and teaching/learning.

About the Role

The successful candidate will:

  • hold a doctorate in an appropriate Biology-related discipline,
  • be qualified to teach introductory and senior courses in Genetics and Molecular Biology,
  • have a record of teaching excellence at the post-secondary level,
  • have the potential to develop a scholarship program that involves undergraduate students,
  • demonstrate a primary commitment to undergraduate teaching and scholarship within the context of a strictly undergraduate institution
  • the ability to attract external research funding, or clear promise thereof, is desirable.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply as early as possible online. Please include:

  • a cover letter;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy plus evidence of teaching effectiveness);
  • a statement regarding equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • a statement of scholarship that includes a brief summary of the candidate’s scholarly contributions to date and how the candidate will develop a scholarship program within the context of a strictly undergraduate post-secondary setting.

For further information, contact Tracy O’Connor PhD, Acting Chair, Department of Biology, at

What We Offer

Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.

At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.

Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.

Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, climbing, aquatics, sports and certifications for students, employees and the public.

Due to changing Covid-19 precautions, this role may possibly require the incumbent to temporarily work from home. Access to a secure personal computer and stable internet connection is required.


All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access campus. This is a condition of employment. 


Closing Date:  February 28, 2022