Employment Opportunities


Visiting Teaching Opportunity – Science Communication

Date Posted: 11-Oct-18

Come teach exceptional students in a hands-on coastal learning environment.

We are looking for an instructor to co-teach Science Communication (July 2-19, 2019) alongside Dr. Bob Holmes. The ideal candidate will bring expertise in social media to complement Dr. Holmes’ expertise in traditional science journalism.

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.


BMSC 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. Researchers visiting from around the world create an inspiring intellectual environment. 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, Parks Canada, the RCMP, and the Coastguard.

Our Summer Courses inspire investigation, promote critical thinking, and offer opportunities for independent research. BMSC courses are immersive, requiring intense commitment from students, TA’s, and Instructors (Summer courses run in 3 or 6 week blocks). Classes are scheduled from Monday to Friday, with some work expected from students over the weekend.

Science Communication will explore the ways scientific information reaches the public, whether communicated by scientists themselves or by journalists, press officers, and other intermediaries. Students will learn what these communications channels are, the strengths and weaknesses of each, and what makes science newsworthy. Students will develop their own work in social media, blogs, press releases, and journalistic writing, and they will study and critique the work of others, both their fellow students and professionals.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • A PhD in a relevant scientific discipline
  • Demonstrated social media expertise
  • Demonstrated teaching experience relevant to the position

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.