Assistant Professor position

REVISED: October 26, 2023

Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (GSWS), with an affiliate appointment (50%) in the Labour Studies (LBST) program, at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 15, 2024.


The successful candidate will have:

  • research expertise in scholarship on gender/sexuality and labour as it relates to critical health studies
  • research interest in fields such as (but not limited to) precarious employment, digital health, platform economies, migration, Indigenous health, Black health, health systems, quality of provider services
  • demonstrated record of community engagement
  • a strong publication record and outstanding potential for research excellence
  • evidence of inclusive and innovative pedagogy and excellent teaching skills in interdisciplinary settings
  • the ability to work effectively with colleagues across disciplinary fields in the social sciences and the humanities
  • PhD in hand at the time of appointment


The successful candidate will:

  • enhance and expand the research strengths of GSWS and LBST
  • actively pursue opportunities for external research funding
  • contribute to core curriculum development in GSWS and LBST
  • teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s research areas
  • participate in service to GSWS and LBST, the university, and the broader community

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter summarizing the applicant’s experience, qualifications, and interests for the position
  • a complete and updated CV
  • the name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information of three academic referees
  • a 1-page research statement outlining the applicant’s research program
  • no more than two samples of writing in the form of a published journal article or a book chapter and/or a 30-page unpublished manuscript
  • a 1-page teaching statement on the applicant’s teaching philosophy
  • sample syllabus that the applicant has designed of a course relevant to the position

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Helen Leung, Department Chair, and submitted electronically to gswspost@sfu.ca.

Preference will be given to complete applications received by November 20, 2023, but we will continue to  accept beyond that date until the position is filled.

Please consult the GSWS website http://www.sfu.ca/gsws and the LBST website https://www.sfu.ca/labour.html for information and samples of courses currently taught in both units.

We acknowledge the Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie and Kwikwetlem First Nations on whose traditional unceded territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand.  We are committed to reconciliation and Indigenization through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

SFU is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Faculty salaries at SFU are based on the salary scales bargained between the University and the SFU Faculty Association. A reasonable estimate of the salary range for this role is $89,652 to $114,866.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. This is an entry level position. Only those eligible to be appointed to the rank of Assistant Professor will be considered. This position is subject to the availability of funding.

Please consult the current Collective Agreement between SFU and SFU Faculty Association https://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/faculty-relations/collective-agreement/CA2019_2022.pdf for detailed information about the terms and conditions of employment at SFU.

Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the  http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Faculty_Openings/Collection_Notice.html

Sessional Instructor positions

The Labour Studies Program at Simon Fraser University posts Sessional Instructor positions (Teaching Support Staff Union):

  • June, for fall semester (Sept-Dec)
  • October, for spring semester (Jan-Apr)
  • February, for summer semester (May-August)

    SFU Academic Dates

    Salary: TSSU Wage Schedule for Sessional Instructors

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Teaching Assistants and Tutor Markers

All Spring 2024 TA positions have been filled. Please check back at the end of February for Summer 2024 TA posting.

Please see here for the Labour Studies Program TA/TM Appointment Priority System.

Community Job Opportunities

For job opportunites in the labour studies community view the link here.

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