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Tenure Track Position, Instructor in Bioinformatics, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cumming School of Medicine

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Job ID: 15422

Updated: June 9, 2018

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the Instructor level in the area of bioinformatics, as part of the Bachelor in Health Sciences (BHSc) undergraduate honours degree program ( The department and BHSc program are seeking candidates with a passion for teaching and teaching innovation, as well as an interest in curriculum development, student mentorship and the ability to participate collaboratively within an interdisciplinary group.

Qualifications include a Ph.D., at least two years of post-doctoral experience, and a proven record of teaching excellence and research success in the analysis, development or application of computational tools or approaches to biological/biomedical science, particularly as these relate to omic technologies. Evidence for teaching excellence, particularly in undergraduate science/bioinformatics education, is expected and may include documentation of teaching awards, contributions to curriculum development, peer evaluation of teaching ability and student feedback on teaching. Follow the link to the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning ( for information and expectations for teaching dossiers.

This position offers an excellent opportunity to participate in a novel inquiry-based educational program that integrates classroom teaching, interactive tutorials and laboratory-based research. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver classroom and laboratory education in bioinformatics, assist in the ongoing development of the bioinformatics component of the undergraduate BHSc program, and contribute to bioinformatics courses and training for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The candidate will also be encouraged to assist in the coordination and supervision of undergraduate independent research projects that integrate with both their own and other diverse research areas within the Faculty. This educational position will be integrated into the Cumming School of Medicine’s Centre for Health Genomics and Informatics, and a research- and service-based platform in genomics and informatics led by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Current relevant strengths in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Calgary include genetics, proteomics, developmental biology, cancer biology and cell signaling. The Cumming School of Medicine is also home to a number of excellent core research facilities, such as leading-edge microscopy & cellular imaging, proteomics and genomics. Please visit our websites at, and for more information.

Interested individuals should submit an application including the following attachments: 

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research interests (not to exceed two pages)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and teaching dossier
  • Complete set of teaching evaluations
  • The names and contact information for three referees, at least two of whom can speak to contributions in education

The closing date for applications is June 8, 2018 and the position is expected to start on September 1, 2018.

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. Jonathan Lytton, by email .

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)


Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website (

For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine (

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