Assistant Professor in Community/Ecosystem Ecology at Thompson Rivers University


The Department of Biological Sciences at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops BC, is made up of a diverse and collaborative group of faculty offering a B.Sc. degree with majors in: Biology; Animal Biology; Ecology and Environmental Biology; Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology; and, in collaboration with the Department of Physical Sciences, Chemical Biology. Cross-cutting themes include: the evolutionary frameworks guiding fundamental and applied ecology; responses of humans and diverse living communities to external stressors, including cellular responses; the use of classical and modern statistical, bioinformatic, and genomic tools to interrogate hypotheses and develop solutions for environmental problems. Core to these themes is a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentorship, collaboration in teaching and research within the Department and with colleagues across campus, participation in undergraduate Honours and MSc programs, and developing a positive environment where students are encouraged to grow as independent learners and critical thinkers. TRU does not have a Ph.D. program; however, many faculty supervise Ph.D. students in collaboration with other universities. 

Currently, the Department includes faculty with expertise in marine and terrestrial invertebrate, insect, bird, bat, plant, microbial (Bacteria, Archaea, fungi), and human biology, at the levels of small molecules, proteins, nucleic acids, organs, individuals, populations and communities.

We are currently seeking an Assistant Professor in the field of Community/Ecosystem Ecology, working in freshwater or terrestrial ecosystems and with a focus on animals. This is a tripartite appointment (Teaching, Research, Service). The ideal applicant will have a strong track record of publications, evidence of a willingness to collaborate across disciplines, a strong background in multivariate statistics and experience with modelling (especially working in R), and an interest in teaching and conducting research at TRU’s new Wells Gray Education and Research Station (link). We are seeking applicants that have a passion for teaching at the undergraduate level and supervising undergraduate and graduate research. 

Responsibilities include:

1. Contributing to teaching at the undergraduate level (across all years). The successful candidate will be expected to teach Biometrics (and help the department re-envision the curriculum related to teaching statistics and R) and field courses at the Wells Gray Education and Research Station. Other courses may include Conservation Biology, Terrestrial Vertebrate Zoology, Reading and Writing Great Biology, Population Biology, or Principles of Biology II. Candidates may also have the opportunity to develop upper-level courses based on their background and expertise.  

2. Developing a strong, externally-funded research program

3. Supervising undergraduate and graduate research students

4. Developing new exercises for field and laboratory-based courses

5. Participating in Departmental, Faculty and University committees



  1. A Ph.D. in the relevant discipline with post-doctoral research experience preferred
  2. Demonstrated excellence in teaching in both laboratories and lectures
  3. A strong track record of research productivity (papers, grants)
  4. Evidence of collaboration

Please Note: If you are selected for interview, External Candidates will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview

Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to hiring based on merit with a focus on fostering diversity of thought within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application deadline: 1 May 2022To apply: To apply for this position, and to learn more about Thompson Rivers University or living in Kamloops, please visit our Careers website.