Sessional Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, York University

Position Rank: Contractually Limited Appointment

Discipline/Field: Molecular Biology

Home Faculty: Science

Home Department/Area/Division: Biology

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2022

Position End Date: June 30, 2025


The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at York University invites applications for a teaching-stream three-year Contractually Limited Appointment (CLA) in Molecular Biology at the rank of Sessional Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2022, for a three-year term. The successful candidate will teach and enhance undergraduate courses in the Department of Biology with a focus on molecular biology, particularly at the first and second year, and in upper-level courses according to their expertise. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (specifically in an area of molecular biology) with demonstrated experience teaching undergraduate courses in molecular biology and applying evidence-based pedagogy in their teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or clear potential for excellence in teaching university-level courses through their teaching statement and dossier; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning; teaching evaluations; and letters of reference. A record of demonstrated experience in areas such as experiential education, technology-enhanced learning or community-based learning is preferred, as is experience with universal design approaches to teaching and assessment.

The successful candidate will have experience teaching across the curriculum, including large classes at the first and second year, as well as with teaching with different delivery formats (e.g., in-person, online, blended, flipped). Demonstrating a reflective approach to teaching, the successful candidate will possess 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 provide evidence of contributions to service (administrative and committee work), outreach, and pertinent activities in and outside academia.

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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 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. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply as per the provisions of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) or citizens of Chile may apply as per the provisions of the Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at Completed forms should be sent to with “Teaching Stream Molecular Biology CLA” in the subject line.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 15, 2021. Applicants should submit a signed cover letter outlining professional experience relevant to this position, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier that supports excellence and innovation in teaching (i.e., course outlines, teaching strategies, teaching reviews, and other selected course materials). The teaching dossier should include a one- to three-page teaching statement that addresses, among other things, the candidate’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity. The dossier should also contain 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 (i.e., annotated course materials).

Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to arrange for three signed confidential letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position. These should be sent to Dr. Tamara Kelly, Department of Biology, York University by the referees before the day of the interview. Applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to Dr. Tamara Kelly, Department of Biology, York University, and submitted to with “Teaching Stream Molecular Biology CLA” in the subject line.