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Job Opportunity: Sessional Lecturer – AST251H1 F – Life on Other Worlds

04 Mar 2020

Course Number and Title:  AST251H1 F – Life on Other Worlds

Course description: Scholarly discussion of the probability that there are planets with life elsewhere in the universe, from the perspective of current ideas concerning the origin and evolution of the universe, the solar system and life. Search techniques and possibilities for interstellar travel and space colonies are discussed. Intended for life sciences students.

Estimated course enrolment:  196 students

Estimated TA support:  280 hours

Sessional dates: May 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020 for F courses


Sessional Lecturer I rate of pay will be $8,323

Sessional Lecturer I long term rate of pay will be $8,695

Sessional Lecturer II rate of pay will be $8,907

Sessional Lecturer III rate of pay will be $9,119

Qualifications:  PhD or equivalent training in Astronomy, with experience in teaching university courses in astronomy required; teaching excellence, strong academic record, and mastery of subject area; previous experience in teaching a similar course is highly desirable.

Description of duties:  All normal duties related to the design and teaching of a university credit course, including preparation and delivery of course content; development, administration and marking of assignments, test and exams; calculation and submission of grades; holding regular office hours; supervising TAs assigned to course.

Closing date:  March 30, 2020

Application instructions:All individuals interested in this position must submit a Curriculum Vitae and the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form PDF format ($!26+Selection/C

UPE+3902+Unit+3+Application+Form.pdf) or WORD format ($!26+Selection/application-for-employment-$!5bCUPE+3902+Unit+3$!5d.rtf) to

Alena Wasney

Department Manager, David A Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics


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.