Lakehead University: Biology - Assistant Professor

23 Apr 2024 17:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Biology - Assistant Professor

Lakehead University - Thunder Bay Campus

Location: Ontario

Date posted: 2024-04-15

Advertised until: 2024-05-30

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for one tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, Department of Biology.  The academic rank of the appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate. The position will commence on August 1, 2024.

The Department of Biology at Lakehead University invites applications for a tenure track faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in the molecular evolution of plants. The individual will establish a dynamic and externally funded program of research at Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus. The successful candidate will have interest and expertise in teaching courses in basic and advanced genetics, Indigenous ethnobotany, and supervise graduate and undergraduate research students in their field of interest. The Department of Biology has one of the largest undergraduate enrolments on campus. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2024.

For consideration, candidates will have (at the time of appointment):

  • An earned Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from a recognized Ph.D. granting institution, ideally with relevant postdoctoral research experience;
  • A successful track record of high-quality research, and research communication through both traditional and non-traditional venues;
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Desire and ability to help build enrollment at the undergraduate and graduate levels through recruitment of students to conduct research;
  • Experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of course delivery is highly desired.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. Our campuses are located in Thunder Bay on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850 and in Orillia on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, and Rama First Nation. Lakehead University acknowledges the history that many nations hold in the areas around our campuses and is committed to a relationship with Métis and Inuit and First Nations peoples. Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff. With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

The Department of Biology at Lakehead University has a dynamic group of interdisciplinary researchers with active field and laboratory research programs in ecology, evolution, molecular biology. Several government and not-for-profit organizations located in Thunder Bay offer significant opportunities for collaborative research, including the Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research (CNFER) of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Wildlife Conservation Society of Canada. Lakehead University is also a member of the Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology ( which provides exceptional opportunities for field-based instruction. Lakehead University has several centralized labs to support research, including the Lakehead University Environmental Laboratory, the Lakehead University Instrumentation Lab, the Paleo DNA Laboratory for molecular-based research, and aquatic-based research through the Biology Aquatic Facility and Aquatic Toxicology Research Centre. In addition, Lakehead supports the Agricultural Research Station (LUARS) which provides exceptional opportunities for experimental research only minutes from campus.

For further information, please contact Dr. Azim Mallik, Chair of Biology ( Detailed information on the Department is available through the website of the Department of Biology (

Review of applications will begin on May 30, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) quoting Reference #SES-2024-25-04 should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a 2-page statement of research interests outlining activities the candidate would undertake as a Lakehead faculty member, and a teaching dossier outlining the candidate’s teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness and teaching experience, highlighting experiential learning and online or alternative modes of course delivery where relevant, course outlines and teaching evaluations for previously taught courses if available, and a one-page statement outlining the candidate's understanding and commitment to developing an equitable, diverse and inclusive research and teaching environment.. Additionally, candidates should provide the names and contact information of three references. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada.pdf form must accompany your package.

Applicants should submit their electronic application quoting the above reference number to:

Dr. Todd Randall, Dean
Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
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Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

Lakehead University has an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan 2019-2024 with a goal to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as measured by increasing representation of under-represented groups among applicants, candidates and hires. We encourage candidates to self-identify, if you are from an under-represented group, and prefer candidates with the knowledge, competencies and relationships derived from lived experience. Experience working with Indigenous or racialized communities, and/or members of other equity-deserving groups is a strong asset. A lived experience or worked experience of any of these issues is preferred.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8010 ext. 8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.

This position is subject to budgetary approval.

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