Part Time Lecturer (Deadline: November 19, 2020)

The Department of Wood Science in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver campus invites applications for a part time (0.5 FTE) Lecturer in Analytical Methodologies in Plant and Bioproduct Biotechnology who will play a major role in delivering laboratory-based courses in the new Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST) program.

The lecturer will be involved in the development and instruction of BEST program’s laboratory in Bioeconomy Technology courses (BEST 302 & 304), and may be asked contribute to lectures in other BEST courses as appropriate. 

Evidence of training students of different background and skills in laboratory setting and a post graduate degree in plant science, plant biology, agricultural sciences, forestry, or highly related field are essential. Ideally, candidates should have expertise in each of analytical methodology, biomass processing, bioproducts, plant breeding, and genetic processes. Demonstrated ability to interact with students, faculty members and other stakeholders in a multicultural context will be an asset.


  • Development of labs and lab-based materials for new program in Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology
  • Organizing labs, and ordering and maintaining supplies
  • Lead or co-lead multiple sessions of laboratories
  • Provide lectures in other relevant BEST courses
  • Working with students on fourth year capstone project

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in plant science, plant biology, agricultural sciences, forestry, or highly related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience working in laboratory with analytical methods including compositional analysis of biomass, molecular biology, plant breeding, and tissue culture. Knowledge and operational experiences of analytical equipment and appropriate chemical and biological safety.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with laboratory methods for the production of bioproducts from biomass. Knowledge of state-of-art methods for breeding and genetic transformation of bioenergy crops. 
  • Plant biotechnology, analytical chemistry of biomass such as compositional analysis using methods such as high-performance liquid chromatography.
  • Administrative management and upkeep of common lab facilities is essential.
  • Ability to interact with faculty of different research backgrounds to develop labs and background material is essential.
  • Demonstrated past public speaking to different audiences.

The appointment is expected to start Jan 1, 2021. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. 

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by November 19, 2020. Please direct inquiries and applications consisting of an application letter, a Curriculum Vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references to:

Dr. Scott Renneckar
Department of Wood Science
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

For information on the Department of Wood Science and the Faculty of Forestry, see and

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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