Sessional Lecturer - Whole-Genome Sequencing and Analysis Laboratory

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Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
12 Nov 2020
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02 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Field: CUPE 3902 Unit 3

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Medicine

Department: Molecular Genetics

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)

Job Posting: November 11, 2020

Job Closing: December 2, 2020, 11:59pm EST

Course number and title: MGY360H1: Whole-Genome Sequencing and Analysis Laboratory

Course description:

This is a laboratory course designed to introduce third and fourth year undergraduates to principles and practice of whole-genome sequencing.

During the course, student teams sequence an entire eukaryotic genome and analyze it.  Topics taught include: modern sequencing technology, yeast husbandry, genomic library construction and quality control, ‘next-generation’ sequencing, sequence assembly using a reference genome, principles of genome organization, mutation detection and interpretation.  The work includes both “wet” lab components during the first half of the course and computational analysis (online) for the last few weeks of the course.

Estimated TA support: 210 TA hours

Estimated course enrolment: 40

Class schedule: Tuesdays (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Sessional dates of appointment: January 1 to April 30, 2021 

Salary: $8,489.67 for Sessional Lecturer I; $8,869.25 for Sessional Lecturer I Long Term;

$9,085.58 for Sessional Lecturer II; $9,301.90 for Sessional Lecturer III, inclusive of vacation pay

Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.


The applicant should be experienced with concepts and methods in next-generation sequencing and the analysis of genome scale sequence data. The applicant should also be knowledgeable with basic yeast biology and yeast husbandry.  Previous teaching experience is desirable but not required

Description of duties:

The course is structured as a weekly three-hour laboratory session each Tuesday from 1-4 pm throughout the winter semester.  Most sessions will be approximately one hour of lecture/discussion led by the instructor and two hours of hands on lab work.  Some lab sessions will go a bit longer.  The instructor is expected to attend all lab sessions, help prepare the lab beforehand, and to answer student questions.  The approximate time commitment is 8 hours per week.  Some interactions with students are expected to be done online this year.

The course has been taught for several years.  The successful applicant will be working with the guidance of professors who previously taught this course and will have the support of experienced teaching assistants.  A laboratory manual, course slides, and other critical components have already been designed and used successfully.  Minimal modification of these materials may be required to update them for use this year.

Application Procedure:

Applications should include a single PDF with the following components in this order: 1) the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form, available at:; 2) a cover letter; and 3) a c.v. that includes evidence of expertise in genome sequencing, analysis, and yeast biology, as well as the name(s) of one or more qualified referees.

Please submit the applications electronically to:

Dr. Leah Cowen

Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics

Closing date: December 2, 2020, 11:59pm EST 

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement.

It is understood that some announcements of vacancies are tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolment. Should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Preference in hiring is given to qualified individuals advanced to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II or Sessional Lecturer III in accordance with Article 14:12 of the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 collective agreement.

Please note:  Undergraduate or graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the University of Toronto are covered by the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement rather than the Unit 3 collective agreement, and should not apply for positions posted under the Unit 3 collective agreement.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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