Full-time Lecturer in Chemistry - Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

Burnaby, British Columbia (CA)
Jun 02, 2021
Jul 05, 2021
Field of specialization
Inorganic, Physical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

At the intersection of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and community engagement lies Simon Fraser University, Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive university. With three campuses located in beautiful British Columbia’s largest municipalities - Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey - our students, faculty and staff are privileged to live and work on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱̓wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səlilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓ícə̓ y (Katzie), kʷikʷə̓ƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen Peoples. Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top employers, SFU’s excellence as an engaged university is derived from our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the pursuit of decolonization, indigenization, and reconciliation. 

The Opportunity

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a full-time Lecturer in Chemistry. The proposed start date is November 15, 2021. The primary focus of this position will be the teaching of physical and inorganic chemistry lectures and labs at 2nd and 3rd year level. The majority of the teaching associated with this position will occur at SFU’s main campus in Burnaby, BC. We are searching for an individual with a passion for teaching and communicating chemistry to undergraduates and a colleague who displays an interest in the development of new materials, curricula, and teaching strategies for lectures and labs. The Department of Chemistry has a complement of 9 teaching-focused and 26 research-focused faculty. We have strong undergraduate and graduate programs, and a commitment to public outreach. Our research strengths are concentrated in the areas of materials science, medicinal chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, chemical biology, and nuclear science. For further information about our department and programs, we invite prospective candidates to visit our home page at www.sfu.ca/chemistry

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will make a significant contribution to our undergraduate program in a variety of ways including: coordinating undergraduate labs, teaching lecture courses, training and mentoring teaching assistants, developing new components of lecture and lab courses, and participating in outreach activities. They will demonstrate willingness and openness to create an inclusive learning environment for a diverse student body. 

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in the areas of Physical and/or Inorganic Chemistry and will have demonstrated a commitment to teaching chemistry at the undergraduate level. At least two years of experience as a chemistry instructor at the postsecondary level with duties including curriculum design and supervision of teaching assistants is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching and communicating chemistry, and enthusiasm for new course and instructional laboratory development. The successful candidate’s track record will illustrate our shared values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and our commitment to respectful interactions with all students, staff, and faculty.

How To Apply 

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file inclusive of the following:

  • A cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, including how you would contribute to SFU’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • An up-to-date, full curriculum vitae.
  • A teaching portfolio that includes a two-page statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a summary of experience with, and understanding of inclusive teaching and equity-deserving-student needs, examples of engagement with student feedback, as well as other evidence of teaching strengths.
  • The names and email addresses of three individuals who will be able to comment on your teaching strengths.

All applications should be addressed to Prof. Vance Williams, Chair, Department of Chemistry, emailed to chemsec@sfu.ca, with the subject of Lecturer_Chemistry_Lastname_Firstname_2021. The competition will remain open until the position is filled. Screening of applications will commence on July 5, 2021. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to Prof. Williams by sending email to chemsec@sfu.ca.

In keeping with SFU’s strategic vision which pledges to foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect and to celebrate diversity among faculty, SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. SFU is dedicated to building a diverse faculty by advancing the interests of underrepresented groups, specifically women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply. 

SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty; please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants. If you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations, please contact the Specialist, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.


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