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We also hire faculty into term appointments for a specified period of time for courses taught in the Department of Biology. Sessional lecturers teach and/or perform related duties, including course coordination or lab supervision, for a period of less than 12 months.


Department of Biology
The Department of Biology of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science at UBC, Okanagan campus, requires Sessional Lecturers to teach the following courses during the 2023 Winter Session, Term 2.

2023W – TERM 2 (January 1 to April 30, 2024)

BIOL 122 (3) Physiology of Multicellular Organisms (Lecture)
Wednesday and Friday: 8 am – 9:30 am
Physiological adaptations of plants and animals to their environments. Structure/function relationships of human organ systems. Recommended for Arts or Education students, in conjunction with BIOL 117. BIOL 117/122 cannot be used in place of BIOL 116/125 for those degree programs that require BIOL 116/125. Credit will be granted for either BIOL 117/122 or BIOL 116/125. Credit will be granted for only one of BIOL 122, both of HES 101 and HES 111, or both of HMKN 190 and HMKN 191.

BIOL 312 (3) Virology (Lecture)
Tuesday and Thursday 2 pm -3.30 pm
Study of viral agents of infectious disease in eukaryotes. Viral pathogens are investigated with respect to classification, structure, replication, mechanisms of pathogenesis, clinical disease caused, epidemiology, laboratory diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control. Topics include properties and uses of antiviral agents, production and use of vaccines, and bioterrorism.

BIOL 318 001 (3) Immunology (Lecture)
Monday/Wednesday – 11 am -12:30 pm and Wednesday/Friday – 2 pm – 3:30 pm Introduction to concepts of immunology. The immune system, innate immunity, and complement, adaptive immunity, cellular and humoral immune response, cytokines, T-cell activation, the major histocompatibility complex, antibody structure and genetics, immune system and cancer, AIDS, autoimmunity, hypersensitivity.

BIOL 422 (3) Conservation Biology (Lecture)
Wednesday and Friday 11 am – 12:30 pm
The scientific basis of conservation biology. Analysis of demographic data, population models, and extinction risks. Examine complex habitat, landscape, genetic, and trophic interactions that affect populations. Conservation approaches including habitat planning, reserve design, surrogacy, and policy. Credit will be granted for only one of BIOL 422 or BIOL 513. Applicants with a PhD in the discipline or a related discipline, and relevant research and post-secondary teaching experience are preferred. This course is scheduled to be offered in person, in Kelowna. Interested applicants should submit:

  • a Curriculum Vitae (including but not limited to previous teaching experience),
  • recent teaching evaluations (if available), and
  • the name of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference directly to Janet Heisler at The compensation rate per credit per period for the department of Biology is $3093.57 equaling $9280.71 per 3 credit course.

The deadline for receipt of the application is midnight on Friday, November 17, 2023.

Please send application documents in electronic format using WORD or PDF files to Janet Heisler at

For more information regarding the positions, please contact Dr. Mark Rheault at

Note: All positions are subject to funding and enrolment.

“Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.”

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Teaching Assistants

Each academic year, we have openings for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and possibly Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) for biology courses in the September and January terms.

The Teaching Assistant duties may include:

  • Instruction in labs
  • Marking assignments, labs, and exams
  • Discussion periods
  • Tutorials and lectures
  • Invigilation duties
  • Academic assistance to students in office hours

Based on an average of 12 hours per week, full time, for a total of 192 hours per term. Markers are hired on an hourly basis. Wages, as stated in the current BCGEU Collective Agreement, are as follows:

  • Graduate TA (GTA1 PhD program): $39.30 per hour ($15,091.84 annual rate September – April)
  • Graduate TA (GTA 2 Master’s program): $37.87 per hour ($14,542.56 annual rate September – April)
  • Undergraduate TA (Bachelors program): $21.61 per hour ($8,298.24 annual rate September – April)
  • Markers: $20.36 per hour

2024W Advertisement

To apply for 2024W, please complete the 2024W online application survey at this link:

In order to complete the online application survey, you will be required to upload a copy of your resume, unofficial transcripts and timetables for 2024W Term 1 and/or Term 2.

Subject to funding, the Department of Biology has full-time and part time TA positions available in 2024W Terms. Qualifications preferred include an understanding of the discipline and good grades. UTA’s must be a major in the discipline, have fourth-year standing, and must maintain a minimum of 18 credits in the Winter session (2024W). Part-time students can also be considered.

Deadline to apply for 2024W TA and marker positions: April 30, 2024.

UBC Okanagan hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, visible minority group members, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. However, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.