Department of Biology
12 Month Contract
Thunder Bay Campus
Salary: $43,409.90 - $80,355.84
Competition # LUTA-18-02
A 12-month, full-time technician position is available in the Department of Biology, Thunder Bay campus. The successful applicant will provide laboratory support for multiple undergraduate courses, spanning various academic programs and year levels. The successful applicant will be a primary resource for increasing our students understanding of biological concepts, while also working closely with course instructors as a crucial part of Lakehead Biology's experiential learning. The successful applicant will also supervise teaching assistants and promote a safe learning environment during laboratory and field course-related activities.
This position will support both introductory and upper level courses with an emphasis on plant and animal organismal biology. A non-exhaustive list could include: Plant Biology, Animal Biology, Aboriginal Ethnobotany, Biology of Fishes, Ornithology, and the Field Course in Aquatic Ecology. This last course takes place during the summer at the IISD – ELA research facility located west of Dryden, and requires the technician to stay at the facility for 2-3 weeks. The successful applicant must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card at the time of appointment. Certifications such as Certified Wildlife Biologist and Wilderness First Aid are an asset.
In addition to providing course support the successful candidate will provide curatorial support for the Claude E. Garton Herbarium; as such, the candidate should be capable of working with and identifying local flora. The Claude E. Garton Herbarium is a collection of over 110,000 plants including approximately 1000 species from the Thunder Bay area. The associated responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing and maintaining research and teaching collections, facilitating research, supervision of volunteers and students, and overseeing a continuing project to digitize the collections. Experience in a herbarium or museum setting would be beneficial.
In addition to course preparation and support, Biology technicians also perform community service, outreach, and administrative duties including training undergraduate and graduate students as teaching assistants. Previous experience with public speaking and event organization is a requirement of this position. Candidates should be enthusiastic about science and education. Well-developed interpersonal skills are a must. Much of the candidate’s time will be spent working closely with students and faculty.
Applicants must possess a M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Biology or a similar science, as well as teaching and other work related experience relevant to the courses they will support. They must also be willing and able to work flexible hours in the lab and in the field, be comfortable working with students, and be able to deal with ambiguity and tight deadlines. Experience working with First Nations communities would be an asset. A full job fact sheet is available by contacting Human Resources. This position has 4 levels and salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
A Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada form will be required to accompany your application. Interested applicants are invited to submit a single PDF document containing a cover letter quoting competition # LUTA-18-02, resume, a statement of teaching philosophy, student evaluations of teaching, and contact information for three professional references by 4:30 p.m. on June 6, 2018 to:
Office of Human Resources
955 Oliver Rd, Thunder Bay ON P7B5E1
We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.
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.
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