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Visiting Teaching Faculty Opportunity

Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Date Posted: 04-May-18

Come teach exceptional students in a hands-on coastal learning environment. Take advantage of a fleet of boats, an extensive flow-through seawater system, helpful support staff, and unparalleled access to diverse coastal habitats.


We are looking for an instructor to teach Marine Population Ecology and Dynamics. Our Fall Semester courses are immersive, requiring intense commitment from students, TA’s, and Instructors.

The Organization
For more than 45 years Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) has supported year-round education and research on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. BMSC is owned and managed by a not-for-profit organization, the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society, whose members are University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University and University of Victoria.

Educational programs focus on marine and coastal environments, and include short programs for middle and high school students, multi-week courses for undergraduate and graduate credit, and multi-day workshops. BMSC has been the field station for award-winning teaching and world-class researchers for decades. BMSC is an important member of the local community of Bamfield and works collaboratively with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, the Alberni-Clayoquot regional district, the RCMP and the Coastguard.

Our Fall Semester is an intense, immersion, marine sciences experience at the senior undergraduate level. We inspire investigation, promote critical thinking and offer opportunities for independent research. Three courses run in successive 3 1/2-week blocks while two courses extend throughout the duration of the program (4 September – 14 December). Classes are scheduled from Monday to Friday.

The Position
We are looking for an instructor to teach Marine Population Ecology and Dynamics (October 10-November 2, 2018). Our courses are immersive, requiring intense commitment from students, TA’s and Instructors.

The Marine Population Ecology and Dynamics course, the second of three courses offered in series, explores fundamental theories in marine ecology at the population, community, and ecosystem levels of biological organization. Learning outcomes include the key ecological theories that have been developed in, and applied to, marine environments. Topics explored through projects and case-studies should include biodiversity, food webs, introduced species, at-risk species, ecological subsidies, historical ecology, indirect effects, fisheries, and population modeling.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • A PhD in Ecology or related field
  • Demonstrated teaching experience relevant to the position
  • Knowledge of local marine species identification and ecology

To Apply, please submit the following information in a single *.pdf via email to Dr. Chris Neufeld (Associate Director, Education):

  1. Your current curriculum vitae
  2. A cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position
  3. The names and contact information of three references

This position will remain open until filled.

Member University Faculty may have additional arrangements to facilitate this opportunity and are encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact Dr. Chris Neufeld, and visit our website.