Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream – Biotechnology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, York University – Markham

Position Rank: Full Time Teaching Stream – Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Discipline/Field: Biotechnology

Home Faculty: Science

Home Department/Area/Division: Biology

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2022


The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science at York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a teaching stream tenure-track position in Biotechnology at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or a related discipline, a strong record of experience in the private sector and a demonstrated excellence or promise of excellence in teaching is required. The successful candidate will be expected to provide creative educational leadership and a commitment to student success in the development and delivery of a new Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Professional Master’s Degree in Biotechnology Management at the Markham Campus. A tentative curriculum for this initiative includes an Introductory Course in Biotechnology and Ethics, as well as courses in Laboratory Skills, R&D Practices, and Data Analysis and Science Communication.

The successful applicant will be based at the York Markham Campus when operational (expected in Fall 2023) and become a member of the first cohort of resident faculty members. Between July 1, 2022, and the opening of the campus, the appointee will assume teaching responsibilities at York’s Keele campus.

York University’s Markham Campus ( ) offers state-of-the-art facilities to provide innovative job-ready academic programming and research focussing on core themes of technology and entrepreneurship as applied in different contexts, disciplines and professional fields. Building on York University’s academic presence in the City of Markham, the new campus will help fulfil future labour market and civic leadership needs by providing transferable 21st century skills that are at the core of future economic competitiveness and community development in Markham, York Region and across Ontario. Collaboration with York University’s existing research strengths in the core areas of the new campus and dynamic engagement with the area’s businesses and industries will create an innovative, cross-disciplinary research culture for solving complex problems that transcend traditional disciplines.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or clear potential for excellence for junior appointment in teaching university-level courses through their teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong commitment to pedagogy and student success, the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to Biotechnology teaching, learning and program design, and demonstrate good judgment and a reflective approach to innovation in teaching. Experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment is preferred. The successful candidate is also expected to provide evidence of service contributions or potential to contribute to service in administrative and committee work.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Prof. Logan Donaldson, Chair of the Search Committee (

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 26, 2021. The application should include an up-to-date curriculum vitae and three letters of reference. Teaching experience should be described in a dossier which supports excellence and innovation in teaching and should include evidence of teaching or mentoring effectiveness with items such as sample course outlines, teaching reviews, and professional development programs either organized or attended, and a one- to three-page statement of teaching philosophy and the applicant’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity. Referees should provide strong letters of reference and be advised to address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position. Applications and reference letters should be submitted to with the subject heading “Biotechnology Search Committee”.