Laboratory Instructor, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 12, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Mount Royal University invites applications for a permanent-track appointment at the rank of Laboratory Instructor (L2) commencing July 1, 2021.


About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 14,000 credit students choose from 12 bachelor degrees and 36 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.


About the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Science and Technology offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Students can pursue majors in cellular and molecular biology, environmental science, general science, geology, and health science. In addition, the faculty also offers a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS), Bachelor of Science – Computer Science (University Transfer), Environmental Science Certificate, and an Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program (ASTEP).

The Earth and Environmental Sciences department, within the Faculty of Science and Technology, supports three disciplines: Environmental Science, Geography, and Geology. 


About the Role

The successful candidate will have a focus in geoscience with teaching interests in igneous and metamorphic petrology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, sedimentology, structural geology, and economic geology. The candidate must demonstrate excellence, or clear promise of excellence, in teaching in laboratory settings. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver several courses per term at both the introductory and senior levels as part of the regular teaching load, which contributes to existing offerings in geology, as well as develop laboratory sections commensurate with their expertise.



  • Laboratory instruction, including preparation and marking
  • Contributing to the development of laboratory experiments and materials, in consultation with course coordinators
  • Investigating new teaching methods and materials for lab delivery
  • Directing, mentoring, and evaluating Laboratory Instructors
  • Assisting course coordinators with lab coordination
  • Acting as a liaison between Laboratory Instructors and course coordinators to help maintain consistent course standards in instruction and grading
  • Service to the Department 



  • A MSc in Geology is required
  • Have or be eligible to apply for Professional Geoscientist designation with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
  • Experience in teaching undergraduate laboratories in Geology
  • Excellent teaching skills
  • Strong technical skills
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative
  • Proactive problem solving
  • Good interpersonal skills allowing collaboration with faculty and staff
  • Experience with developmental activities for senior-level laboratories is an asset


What We Offer

Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions. 

At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.

Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre. 

Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, fitness classes, climbing, aquatics, sports, tournaments and certifications for students, employees and the public.


Closing Date:     Open until a suitable candidate is found, review of applications will begin after May 1, 2021.


A complete application includes a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and recent teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching excellence). Please title your .pdf document as follows: [Last Name], [Job Title], [Requisition Number].pdf (ex. Smith, Coordinator, 999999.pdf).