PSL350 – Mammalian Molecular Biology (Exercise Physiology Lecturer) 1

PSL350 – Exercise Physiology


Course number and title
: PSL350H1S Mammalian Molecular Biology


Course description

Extend molecular biology concepts to current scientific literature in mammalian physiology. Apply these principles to disease and complex behaviours. Discuss bioethical issues raised by these techniques and their application. Benefit from three weeks in small group seminars lead by research professors focusing on current advances in mammalian molecular biology.


Estimated course enrolment
: 140


Estimated TA support
: 3


Class schedule
: During the scheduled Arts and Science winter term, with classes Tuesdays 10-12 a.m. and Thursdays 3 – 5 pm.


Sessional dates of appointment
: January to April 2024


: $1,719.45 for teaching + 680.34 for small group facilitation (inclusive of 4% vac 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.


Minimum qualifications
: PhD in physiology or related discipline and prior experience in molecular physiology and pathophysiology research.


Preferred qualifications
: Prior experience in molecular physiology and pathophysiology teaching, as well as in facilitating active learning.


Description of duties:
 (1) Develop and present lectures on (a) circadian rhythms and transcription and (b) exercise physiology on January 9 and January 16 (10am-12noon), respectively and run the corresponding practicum sessions on January 11 and January 18 (3-5pm). For each lecture/practicum topic, the following needs to be developed and uploaded to Quercus: (i) lecture slides, (ii) a research paper to be reviewed in the practicum (uploaded at start of course), (iii) a short 5-10 question knowledge quiz (completed prior to practicum) and (iv) a short 10-15 question follow‑up quiz assessing knowledge and critiques. You also must respond to student queries related to the lecture, as appropriate. (2) Prepare unique exam questions for mid‑term exam 1 (with answer key for TA marking) and new make-up test questions, if required. (3) Facilitate a small-group topic sessions (March 26 – April 4), which includes (i) a lecture that does not overlap with class lectures, (ii) marking student lay summaries/critiques and (iii) assessing student presentations. These duties represent 18.18% of the lectures + practicums.


All individuals interested in this position must submit a Curriculum Vitae and the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form, available at

no later than November 24, 2023, to:


Paula Smellie

Business Manager, Department of Physiology


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.

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