Job Posting: Sandbox Coordinator at Dalhousie University

– Faculty of Science, Sandbox Coordinator (Instructor, 2­‐year term, 100% FTE) –

The Faculty of Science at Dalhousie University invites applications for Sandbox Coordinator, a full­‐time, two‐year limited­‐term appointment at the rank of Instructor commencing July 1st 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. This position is an essential part of the Faculty of Science’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy to dramatically increase the education of students in innovation, and to support student entrepreneurial activities.

Dalhousie University currently has three “Sandboxes”: Cultiv8, ShiftKey and Idea, and each are set­‐up in a different Faculty as an innovation technology development environment and “collision” space. The Faculty of Science’s Sandbox will be hosted in the Department of Oceanography. Whereas Ocean Science and Technology will initially be the major focus of the Sandbox, the Faculty of Science Sandbox also will serve as a hub for a broader range of relevant innovation activities in the Faculty, and its offerings will be accessible to undergraduate and graduate students in all of the Faculty’s science programs. The Faculty of Science Sandbox Coordinator will be responsible for the design and implementation of academic and extra‐curricular activities associated with the Sandbox.

Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Science, the broad duties of the position include the following:

  • Development, coordination and instruction of the Sandbox’s academic programming;
  • Organization and coordination of degree-­relevant extra‐curricular activities for undergraduate and graduate students; and,
  • Administrative duties as required to service the Sandbox program.

The Coordinator will work closely with the Faculty of Science Sandbox steering committee and the Dalhousie University Industry Liaison and Innovation office.

Candidates must have a minimum of master’s degree in a relevant natural sciences discipline (Oceanography, Marine Biology, Physics, etc.), or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant natural sciences discipline coupled with a Master of Business Administration relevant to innovation and entrepreneurship. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in innovation/entrepreneurship programs and/or entrepreneurial activities. University teaching experience, and demonstrated experience in academic course design and planning will be considered an asset.

Dalhousie is the leading graduate and research university of Atlantic Canada, with more than 18,500 students, including 3,500 in graduate programs, from 115 countries. It is located in Halifax – the major center in the scenic Atlantic region and a city widely known for its quality of life. Further information about the Faculty and the university can be obtained at:

Applicants should send a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a completed Self‐Identification Questionnaire (which is available at All the application materials should be submitted by May 31st 2018 to:

Dr. Paul Hill, Chair c/o Lori Lawton
Department of Oceanography Life Sciences Centre,
1355 Oxford Street,
POBOX 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2


i. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
ii. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

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