University of British Columbia, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Position ID:UBC-Department of Physics and Astronomy-LEC [#27368]
Position Title: Lecturer
Position Type:Teaching stream faculty
Position Location:Vancouver, British Columbia V6T1z1, Canada [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / Physics
Starting Date:2024/09/01
Salary Range:70,000 - 80,000/year
Appl Deadline:2024/05/04 11:59PMhelp popup** (posted 2024/03/19, listed until 2024/05/09)
Position Description:    

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Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy, UBC Vancouver Campus

The UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy, invites applications for a three-year lecturer position in physics at the UBC campus in Vancouver. The Vancouver campus of UBC is situated on traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam).

The successful candidate will join the teaching teams for PHYS 157 (Introductory Physics for Engineers I) and PHYS 118 (Electricity, Light and Radiation), to teach in this multi-section course. Classroom teaching duties include: preparing and delivering clear, engaging and interactive classes; developing evaluations and interacting with students through office hours and using online tools. Coordination duties include organizing and facilitating teaching-team meetings; managing teaching assistants; and updating the website, learning activities, course materials and tutorial activities. Other duties include managing course and tutorial registrations.

The other duties of this position will be teaching in the First-Year Seminar in Science (SCIE 113). SCIE 113 is a small, seminar-style course where students learn about what science is and how it is done. The course contributes to the BSc Communication Requirement, and thus the successful candidate will have an interest in teaching oral and written communication skills.

In the future, the job may include teaching other physics and astronomy courses from first-year to more advanced levels. Some service duties may be assigned by the Head of Physics and Astronomy. The applicant should have experience teaching large-enrolment undergraduate classes using interactive approaches (for example flipped or blended learning approaches), creating and applying evaluations of learning, conducting quantitative analyses and interpretation of evolutionary biology data and mentoring and managing teaching assistants. We seek an individual with exceptional communication, organizational and teaching skills and a record of excellence in teaching. A PhD (preferred) or MSc with demonstrated specialization in physics or astronomy is required and additional professional qualifications are desirable.

The position is a three-year contract, subject to demonstration of satisfactory performance by the end of the first year. A Lecturer is a faculty member holding a renewable term appointment. Lecturer appointments are expected to be renewed for successive terms upon demonstration of excellence in teaching. Lecturers are eligible for a professional development leave of four months (with 80% salary for the period of the leave) every six years.

Please contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy Manager of Human Resources at for additional information. All email correspondence must indicate the Physics/SCI113 lecturer position in the subject line.

Application packages should be submitted in PDF format and consist of: (i) a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position (2 pages max); (ii) a curriculum vitae, (iii) a brief teaching dossier (2-3 pages max), including a statement on teaching philosophy and examples of applications of that philosophy; (iv) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching/course evaluations, peer-reviews of teaching); and (v) names and contact information of three potential referees (note that these referees not be contacted until a candidate is short-listed)

The closing date for applications is Friday, April 26th, 2024 at midnight, Pacific time, with the appointment anticipated to begin on September 1st, 2024.

Salary range: $70,000 - $80,000/year.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. Inclusion is built by individual and institutional responsibility through continuous engagement with diversity to inspire people, ideas, and actions for a better world. 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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority, and members of historically marginalized groups will be given special consideration.

Also, within this hiring process we will make efforts to create an inclusive and equitable process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities). Confidential accommodations are available on request for applicants who are short-listed by contacting

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Further Info:
email address
(604) 822-4210
325-6224 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1