Assistant Professor, Biology

  • Location: CBU
  • Competition Number: F121P
  • Deadline: May 12, 2023 at 11:59 pm

The Department of Biology in the School of Science and Technology at CBU invites applications for a tenure-track position in Biology with an emphasis in Plant Biology and Biodiversity at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position will commence on July 1st, 2023 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

One of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities, CBU recognizes its location on Cape Breton Island as part of Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. CBU offers a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science, and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning, and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Currently home to approximately 6500 students, CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction, and employability.

CBU delivers an authentic multicultural experience to all who become part of its academic community. Surrounded by pristine natural landscape, vibrant culture, and welcoming communities on Canada’s stunning east coast, CBU attracts students from more than 50 countries around the world. Our faculty bring passion to their teaching and research and we are known for our friendly and inclusive culture. Strong community involvement and a spirit of entrepreneurship enhance CBU’s position in post-secondary education.

The successful candidate will deliver undergraduate courses in Plant Biology and Biodiversity as electives within the Bachelor of Science (Biology), and the Bachelor of Arts and Science, and as electives for other departments. Such courses may include Plant Development and Diversity, Plant Taxonomy, Plant Ecology, Edible Plants, and courses related to Biodiversity and Ecosystems. The successful candidate will also conduct discipline-based research in Plant Biology and Biodiversity, or a related field, and undertake appropriate service activities within the university community. The capacity to develop an externally funded research program is also expected.

The search committee seeks candidates who demonstrate flexibility and range in their secondary areas of teaching and are committed to innovative forms of pedagogy, including online delivery. For instance, experience in or the capability of developing and teaching undergraduate courses in such areas as quantitative biological research, monitoring biodiversity, sustainability, plant-insect relationships, insect biology and systematics is also sought. Research and teaching pursuits within the broad range of Biology are also of interest to CBU.

Candidates should have a PhD in Biology or relevant field. Candidates who are in the later stages of their PhD may be considered with the successful completion of the PhD being a condition of employment.

CBU teaches programs on campus, off campus in locations across and outside of Canada, and on-line. The university and its partners will therefore provide opportunities for faculty members to teach in different modes in different locations as part of their regular workload. While these opportunities may not be available equally for all faculty positions in all programs, a clear willingness to teach in different modes and locations will be noted as part of your application.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate potential and commitment with regard to teaching, research/creative/scholarly activities and service to Cape Breton University, community and profession.

The union affiliation of this position is with the Cape Breton University Faculty Association.

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Applications must be received by May 12, 2023.

Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Cape Breton University

Human Resources Dept.

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