Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto
Molecular Genetics Online & Undergraduate Education

The Department of Molecular Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto invites applications for a teaching-stream appointment in the area of Molecular Genetics online and undergraduate education. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, and will commence on December 1, 2016.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Molecular Genetics, Genetics, Microbiology, or a closely related field by the date of appointment. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Candidates must have experience in the design and delivery of online educational content, including video production, podcast production, syllabus design, and assessment design. Candidates must have experience with course development and managing teaching assistants, as well as a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, as evidenced by strong endorsements from referees, teaching accomplishments, teaching evaluations, course syllabi, and evidence of outstanding communication skills.

The candidate will be expected to have a key role in Molecular Genetics teaching and online education. A central responsibility will be to coordinate online courses. This will involve training and managing teaching assistants, coordinating timely responses to student queries, and developing online materials, including videos and animations. The candidate will also provide guidance for the development of additional online courses in the Department. It is expected that the candidate would have experience with video recording and editing software, and would engage with seminars and classes that promote best practices in teaching, online education, and management of student affairs.

The candidate will also be expected to have a key role in administration of the undergraduate program in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, with support from an administrative staff member and in partnership with the Undergraduate Coordinator. The candidate would have responsibilities that include tracking enrollment in our program and courses, assessing course equivalencies, evaluating applicants for the Specialist and Major programs, attending curriculum meetings, curating information on course and program requirements, responding to student queries, tracking student program completion, managing student co-curricular records, engaging with the Molecular Genetics Student Union, engaging with extra-departmental student groups, and facilitating student placements for our summer program and second year Specialists program. The candidate will also assist with resolution of issues concerning academic integrity, and will have extensive interaction with the Departmental Executive Committee.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should submit a single PDF that includes (in order): 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) a teaching dossier comprised of a teaching philosophy statement, sample course materials, course evaluations, and other evidence of teaching excellence. Submission guidelines can be found at here. Applicants should also arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation, on letterhead and signed, to be sent directly by the referee to Dr. Leah Cowen.  Inquiries should be addressed to

Deadline for applications (including reference letters): October 13, 2016.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

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