University of the Fraser Valley: Assistant Professor, Biology

26 Jan 2024 12:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Job Summary: 

The Department of Biology invites applications for one permanent full-time, tenure-track Faculty  position. We are seeking applicants who have expertise in the field of plant biology.  

The successful applicant will be expected to teach a wide variety of courses including first year biology  (BIO111, BIO112), but their main teaching responsibilities will be second year core courses such as  Biochemistry and Metabolism (BIO201), Cellular Signaling and Regulation of Gene Expression (BIO202)  and/or Genetics (BIO220) along with teaching existing upper-level courses such as plant physiology  (BIO308) and expanding our fourth-year plant biology offerings.  

We seek broadly trained applicants who share our passion for, and commitment to, excellence in  undergraduate teaching in a student-centered environment and who successfully integrate their  scholarship into their teaching. Applicants must have exceptional communication and teaching skills; a  demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level; and demonstrable willingness and  ability to develop an externally funded research program to provide research opportunities for  undergraduate students. Areas of interest in terms of research agenda are open but preference will be  given to applicants with experience conducting research with undergraduate students with access to  standard field or lab equipment. The successful applicant will be expected to actively participate in  departmental activities, service, events, and initiatives. Interest in participating in community outreach,  pursuing professional development activities, and Indigenization in the biology classroom are  considered as additional assets. 

The mission of the Biology Department at the University of the Fraser Valley is to provide students with  a unique appreciation and understanding of the living world. We incorporate a student-centered focus  to our courses and deliver a practical hands-on approach to learning. Small class discussions, student  presentations, as well as scientific experimentation and analysis are integral to our courses and provide  essential skills for our students. We also explore ways to incorporate Indigenous ways of understanding  and sharing scientific ideas in the classroom. 


Applicants must have completed a PhD in Plant Biology or a closely related discipline. Applicants must  have demonstrated teaching experience at the University level. Priority will be given to candidates with  teaching expertise in similar courses as those listed in this job posting. 

Applicants should submit the following through the application link below: 

A Cover Letter 

A recently updated curriculum vitae 

A one-page summary of teaching philosophy including (if available) examples of innovative  approaches to teaching and course design 

A one-page summary of proposed research program or scholarly activity to be done at UFV  (ideally including undergraduate students) 

A recent teaching evaluation  

Separately, we ask that three letters of references (PDF) be sent directly by referees to, with the name of the candidate in the email subject.

Application link: 

About UFV: 

The University of the Fraser Valley is located on the traditional territory of the Halq'eméylem-speaking  peoples. We express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in Stó:lō Tém:éxw  (Stó:lō Land; Stó:lō World). In all that we do, UFV strives to support and honour the Stó:lō peoples goals  of self-determination and well-being on these lands. A commitment to Indigenization and Reconciliation  is core to our institutional Vision and Integrated Strategic Plan: IYAQAWTXW — which means House of  Transformation. This commitment includes the goal of centering Indigenous ways of knowing  throughout our organization, recognizing our responsibilities to community, and a multi-year plan to  increase the number of Indigenous faculty, staff, and administrators working at UFV. 

UFV has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one  of BC's top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400  passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant  community, and shape the future of 15,000 students. 

Indigenization, equity, and diversity are essential to our work as a university. A diverse community  fosters the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented and marginalized. At UFV,  we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we proudly serve.  We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, members of groups that experience discrimination  due to race, colour, place of origin, ancestry, and/or religion, persons who identify as women and  2SLGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities. We invite applicants to complete a confidential self identification survey as part of the application process. All questions are voluntary, with an option to  decline to answer. Information will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the  recruitment process, and results are not shared with the selection committee. Inquiries about the  survey may be directed to Learn more about our commitment to diversity and  inclusion. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be  given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only  candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.  Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/ or a verification of their  education credentials. 

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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