Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

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The department of Microbiology and Immunology (M&I) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to support a two-year funded project focused on the renewal of our undergraduate laboratory courses. Specifically this project (PUREs for CUREs) involves the creation, implementation and assessment of fourth year level Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs; Auchincloss LC et al. CBE Life Sci Educ. 13(1):29-40). This project will leverage teaching materials and associated capstone activities from an existing fourth year CURE in molecular microbiology as a platform to build an expanded suite of CUREs in a variety of disciplines including immunology, biotechnology, and environmental microbiology. The project will take place in four phases involving planning, course design, implementation, assessment over 2019- 2021. We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow interested in laboratory instruction, mentorship in undergraduate research, curriculum and course design, innovative teaching pedagogy, and scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) education research. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Responsibilities would include teaching an undergraduate CURE laboratory, consultation and management of the PUREs for CUREs project, and working with faculty to design, implement and evaluate project outcomes with the goal of publishing in a leading educational research journal.

Candidates must have a PhD in microbiology, immunology, or a related molecular or cellular life science; the ability to develop and direct laboratory activities in the areas of molecular microbiology and relevant teaching experience at the post-secondary level. Experiences teaching in an undergraduate laboratory setting and SoTL research would be assets.

Applicants should provide: 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae that describes previous research and teaching experience, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy, and 4) list of references. To apply, please follow the link PDF Teaching opportunity_Pure for CUREs-M&I and upload your application package. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2019 or until the position(s) have been filled.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. We welcome all candidates; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

The UBC Department of Microbiology & Immunology is a leader in research and teaching in these fields with 32 faculty members, 125 students in our undergraduate specializations, 90 graduate students, and a total enrolment of over 4000 students in the courses that we teach. The goals of our undergraduate teaching program are to employ innovative and effective teaching approaches that foster conceptual learning and creative problem solving, and to support a highly engaged community of students who have multiple opportunities for enhanced educational experiences.