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Contractually Limited Assistant Professor in Cell Biology & Animal Physiology

McMaster University

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

Position Description:
The Department of Biology at McMaster University is seeking candidates to fill a three-year contractually limited, teaching-focused faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Cellular Biology and Animal/Cell Physiology. The preferred start date for the appointment is August 1, 2023.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in Biology, Life Sciences or a related discipline, a demonstrated record of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level in cellular biology and/or physiology, strong communication skills, and a commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. Evidence of scholarship or research in cell biology and animal physiology is required.

The duties of the position will involve teaching a range of courses, which could include lecture courses in introductory and advanced cell biology, animal physiology, pharmacology, and neuroscience. In addition, select courses may include laboratory components (e.g. animal physiology). Suitable candidates will be expected to devote themselves primarily to teaching within an academic environment, and to keep abreast of developments in the disciplines in which they teach. The appointee will normally teach six (6) courses throughout the academic year, primarily at the undergraduate level.

The candidate will be expected to provide student mentorship and administrative service in the Department; administrative service could include participating in curriculum development in the Biology program, contributing to undergraduate recruitment events, or contributing to other service activities. There is no expectation that the candidate will develop an independent laboratory research program, but interest in pedagogical research and student supervision is encouraged. A competitive salary and benefits package as well as a professional development allowance will be provided.

The Department of Biology is a thriving community of scientists working in diverse areas, who are committed to excellence and innovation in research, training, teaching, and outreach. The Department has 30 full-time research-active faculty members, 2 teaching-stream faculty members, ~80 graduate students, and ~900 undergraduate students. For more information on the Department, please visit

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. McMaster is further a pioneer in pedagogical innovation, and is the home of problem-based learning. Our focus on collaboratively exchanging ideas and approaches makes us uniquely positioned to pioneer ground-breaking solutions to real-world problems leading to a Brighter World. The Faculty of Science works to create global impact by advancing scientific discovery and knowledge, and promoting greater understanding. Our innovative, interdisciplinary approach generates new methods and insights, results, and lasting change.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence:
The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete, through McMaster’s application submission portal. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science at to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply:
Complete applications must be made online at (Faculty Positions, Job 54898) by the deadline to the attention of Dr. Marie Elliot, Professor & Chair, Department of Biology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1.

A complete application consists of:
• a cover letter (including a statement regarding whether the applicant has Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status (see below))
• a current Curriculum Vitae including relevant publications
• a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness
• a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, community-based or other professional settings (2-page maximum)
• the names and full contact information of at least three referees. Letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

Review of complete applications will begin in June and continue until the position is filled. All applicants will receive an on-line, system-generated confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications, as stated above, MUST include one of the following statements in their application package: I am/am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.