Employment Opportunities


Visiting Teaching Opportunity – Marine Plankton Ecology

Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Date Posted: 21-Nov-19

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.

photo: Dr. Edith Krause

We are looking for a co-instructor specializing in marine zooplankton to share teaching the course  Marine Plankton Ecology, May 25 – June 12, 2020 with Dr. Diana Varela (UVic) .

Our Summer 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 Summer Courses inspire investigation, promote critical thinking, and offer opportunities for independent research. Courses run in 3 or 6 week blocks. Classes are scheduled from Monday to Friday, with some work expected from students over the weekend.

The Position
We are looking for a co-instructor specializing in marine zooplankton to share the course with Dr. Diana Varela (UVic)  to teach Marine Plankton Ecology (May 25 – June 12, 2020). 

This course will investigate the ecology and diversity of phytoplankton and zooplankton, and the links between plankton biology and the physicochemical characteristics of the marine environment in which they live. In the ocean, phytoplankton and zooplankton have unparalleled taxonomic, morphological and genetic diversity, and are the foundation of pelagic food webs. The goal of this course is to understand the dynamics of lower trophic levels in marine pelagic ecosystems, and the critical role of these organisms on the biogeochemistry and ecology of the ocean and the planet at different time and space scales. This course will include a combination of lectures, field and laboratory work, discussion of papers from the primary literature, and independent projects.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • A PhD in the related field
  • An expert or have expertise on zooplankton
  • Demonstrated teaching experience relevant to the position

Please email your letter of interest and CV to Dr. Diana Varela (and cc the BMSC Associate Director, Education).