Part-time Lecturer in the Department of Wood Science (Deadline: May 20, 2021)

The Department of Wood Science in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus) invites applications for a part-time (50%) Lecturer position (three-year term appointment) to be involved in the teaching and coordination of the Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST) transfer program. We have successfully developed transfer and dual degree programs with several universities and the Faculty continues to strengthen collaborations in that area.

The Lecturer will coordinate and lead instruction in a number of core courses in the transfer program including, but not limited to, Foundations in Bioproducts and the Bioeconomy, Bioenergy, Applied Biotechnology for Bioproducts, Biobased Polymers and Products and Alternative Energy Systems. Teaching will include virtual and onsite classroom-based lectures, seminars and project work in partner universities outside Canada. The Lecturer will also assist in mentoring and advising individual students within the programs.

Evidence of training students of different backgrounds and skills is recommended. Academic training in biorefinery, biobased products, forest sciences, plant biology, agricultural sciences, forestry, or highly related field are essential. Demonstrated ability to interact with students, faculty members, and other stakeholders in a multicultural context will be an asset.


  • Teach BEST coursework (2nd and 3rd year)
  • Assist in course planning with BEST faculty and students
  • Lead or co-lead multiple sessions of laboratories
  • Provide guest lectures in relevant BEST courses
  • Mentor new transfer students
  • Some travel is required with this position

Required qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD in the field that encompasses bioenergy and biomaterials. One or more years of relevant post-doctoral research or instructional experience is highly desirable. Applicants must have experience in working with international programs, teaching and mentoring students, and have demonstrated excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Intensive travel and teaching in partner universities in Asia Pacific region especially China are required for this position. Capacity to interact with students, faculty members and other stakeholders in a multi-cultural context is a strong asset. Ability to work independently and be self-motivated are also desirable traits.

The appointment will start on July 1, 2021, although an alternate start date can be negotiated. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is initially for three years, with the possibility of renewal for subsequent years based on performance and program evolution. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. Interested persons should submit an application letter, a Curriculum Vitae, and three reference letters by May 20, 2021 to:

Dr Scott Renneckar
Department of Wood Science University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.827.0637

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. 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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