PhD Position in Biochemistry
Thompson Rivers University

Application Restrictions
Open to both Internal and external
Job Type
Open Learning Faculty Member
Posting In effect from
Closing Application Date
Regular Continuous
Teaching Allocation Percentage (TAP)
Anticipated Start Date
Position End Date (If Applicable)

Students are introduced to cellular chemistry in this course. Topics include the structure and function of biological molecules, nucleic acids, enzymes and other proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and vitamins. The course also provides an introduction to metabolic pathways and bioenergetics, including glycolysis, fermentation and respiration, oxidation of fatty acids, and photosynthesis.

Open Learning Faculty Members are teaching staff in the Open Learning Division of TRU, and the role of the Open Learning Faculty Member is to actively encourage, support and guide students towards success in their academic studies. Open Learning Faculty Members must be skilled in teaching, fully knowledgeable of the subject matter and demonstrate a positive, open and caring attitude in all interaction with students.


Responsibilities of the Open Learning Faculty Member (Online) include but are not limited to: 

  • Delivering Courses in the Online Modality by actively facilitating learning for students in paced, cohort courses with specific start and end dates
  • Ensure that the most up to date medical information/technology is included
  • Foster critical thinking and problem solving skills with students
  • Ensuring students have completed the essential skills associated with courses taking place during the semester and have signed off the skills as completed
  • Providing instruction based on established core course materials
  • Adding any necessary additional course material
  • Updating course material as per the collective agreement
  • Initiating, leading and managing learning activities and discussions
  • Administrative set up and record keeping
  • Initiating and maintaining regular contact with the student as specified in the collective agreement
  • Marking all assignments, posting results and providing prompt feedback
  • Marking exams and posting results
  • Responding to student queries as per the collective agreement        


We anticipate 15 - 20 students in each cohort of this course. These numbers are only estimates and actual numbers for the course may be greater or less than the estimated numbers.



We are looking for candidates with a PhD in a relevant discipline, significant recent academic experience in the subject area, and documented excellence in helping students achieve their goals. In addition to excellent verbal and written communication skills, the preferred candidates will have demonstrated skills and abilities in distance education.


The Open Learning Faculty Member must:

  • Be knowledgeable and experienced in the subject matter of the course.
  • Have received training or have successful experience in the active facilitation of learning in a collaborative online environment.
  • Have direct experience working with current educational technologies, tools and Learning Management Systems.
  • Have demonstrated knowledge of effective pedagogy in the use of current educational technology and tools.
  • Have demonstrated skills and abilities in the delivery of flexible learning materials, the application of instructional technology and in the application of adult learning principles.
Pay Band
According to TRUOLFA Salary Schedule
BC CA (Primary)
Qualified TRUOLFA applicants will be given first consideration filling this post
# of Hires Needed
Organizational Unit
Thompson Rivers University -> Open Learning -> Program Delivery
Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:
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.

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