Instructor (Biochemistry) at Dalhousie University

Instructor (Biochemistry) Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Appt.

Type: Probationary/Continuing

Applications are invited for a full-time, career stream Instructor position, with the potential to start May 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Dalhousie University offers an introductory laboratory course for Biochemistry, in addition to higher level Biochemistry student laboratory courses. The Instructor is primarily responsible for the development, delivery, assessment, and continual revision and improvement of the laboratory exercises in each of the classes in collaboration with faculty involved in the delivery of the lecture material. The Instructor will also oversee the day-to-day activities of the laboratory technician. Additional responsibilities include class administration (e.g. timetabling and Navigator), student evaluations, academic advising, training and supervision of teaching assistants for the laboratory sessions, and the maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment. On a limited basis, the Instructor will be involved in the teaching of introductory Biochemistry and other courses as required, and will participate as a non-expert tutor in Dalhousie’s Medical School.

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or a closely related field, as well as demonstration of strong laboratory skills. Candidates must have a strong background and interest in teaching at the university level, excellent written and oral communication skills, good interpersonal skills, excellent computer skills, and an interest in working as a member of an academic team in program delivery, refinement, and assessment. The ability to problem-solve in a laboratory setting will be required.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

Closing Date: April 1, 2021

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Required Documents for your application:

  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. List of referees

Invitation to participate in pre-budget consultations by the Department of Finance

Dear CSMB members

We would like to bring to your attention that the government is currently soliciting feedback in advance of Budget 2021 and invites all Canadians to fill out the following questionnaire.

This consultation is open until February 19, 2021

We encourage you to provide your feedback, and particularly this question:

If you were designing the federal budget, what would you like to see in it to help create jobs and grow Canada’s economy? 

We encourage you to review the recent pre-budget CSMB submission and our recommendations, here is what CSMB recommends

That the Government implement all recommendations from the 2017 Fundamental Science Review, notably:

    • Recommendation 1: That the Government significantly increase investment in science and discovery research in line with the recommendations of the Report, by 25%.
    • Recommendation 2: That the Government increase investment in training of the next generation of scientists, over 4 years, to an additional $140M per year (increases at $35M per year).
    • Recommendation 3: That the Government increase its investment in the Research Support Fund, over 4 years, to an additional $478M to help institutions across Canada to support their researchers as effectively and efficiently as possible.
    • Recommendation 4: That the Government increase investments to support  investigator initiated fundamental research at CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC by increased investments into the granting councils.

Science has an important role to play in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the voice of scientists needs to be heard.

Please participate in these important consultations!

Dr. Imogen R. Coe

President of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences

Assistant Professor Teaching Stream in Animal Physiology – York University

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a teaching-stream tenure-track position in Physiology at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will develop, teach, and enhance the Department’s current undergraduate courses in Physiology with an emphasis in Animal Physiology. A Ph.D. in Biological Science (in the field of Physiology with strong knowledge of comparative animal physiology) is required by the time of application. Applicants should have experience in teaching science and biology at the university level. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or clear potential for excellence in teaching university-level courses and a strong commitment to evidence-based pedagogy and student success. through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and a record of 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 the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to Physiology teaching, learning and program The successful applicant is expected to teach animal physiology-related courses at all levels. The successful candidate should have experience teaching large classes as well as experience teaching with different delivery formats (e.g. lecture, blended, online, or flipped). Experience in physiology-based research as well as directing laboratories (e.g., lab operations, training of TAs, liaising with technical staff) and laboratory development would be an asset.  Experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment is preferred

The successful candidate should demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, a collaborative approach to undergraduate teaching, and the ability to work effectively as part of a teaching team and within the department. This position includes service. Applicants should also provide evidence of contributions to service (administrative and committee work), outreach, and pertinent activities in and outside academia.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is March 15, 2021. Applicants should submit a signed cover letter outlining professional experience relevant to this position, an up‐to‐date curriculum vitae and a concise (20 pages maximum) teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy) that supports excellence and innovation in teaching (i.e. course outlines, teaching strategies, teaching reviews, and other selected course materials). The teaching dossier can also include workshop and professional development programs attended or led, conference papers and/or publications relating to pedagogy. Please provide context and reasons for what is included in the teaching dossier (e.g., annotated course materials).

Short-listed applicants will be asked to arrange for three signed confidential letters of recommendation from referees to be sent to Dr. Peter Backx (Chair of the Search Committee), Department of Biology, York University prior to the interview; referees should be advised to address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position.  Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted to with “Teaching Stream Animal Physiology” in the subject line.

Further information about the Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science can be found at

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

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 Peter Backx, Chair of the Search Committee at

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), Indigenous Peoples and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416‐736‐5713.

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 Completed forms should be included in application package to with “Teaching Stream Animal Physiology” in the subject line.