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Assistant Professor, Biology (Plant Biology)

Application deadline: March 3, 2024

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$68,385.00 - $109,584.00/Year

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 online application portal:

  • 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.

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:lo Tém:éxw (Stó:lo Land; Stó:lo World). In all that we do, UFV strives to support and honour the Stó:lo 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 careers@ufv.caLearn 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.

Please note: you should receive a confirmation email once you have successfully applied to this position. If you do not, please contact the Njoyn Help Desk at or 1-877-427-7717 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (EST).

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