Opportunities in Biology at SFU

Sessional Positions

For Fall 2017 we expect to have sessional positions available in the following courses. THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017 AT 4:00 PM. The position descriptions and qualifications can be found at:

BISC 101 -  Lab Instructor - Burnaby Campus

BISC 101 -  Lab Instructor - Burnaby Campus  (Note: this position is for half the semester)

BISC 102 - Lab Instructor - Burnaby Campus

BISC 300 - Lecturer - Burnaby Campus

** BISC 316 ** - Lecturer and Lab Instructor - Burnaby Campus

BISC 650 - Lecturer - Burnaby Campus

BISC 651  - Lecturer (1/2) - Burnaby Campus

Applications for sessionals are to be submitted online. Click here for the Biological Sciences Sessional Application Form.

Teaching Assistant/Tutor Marker Positions

The Department of Biological Sciences is accepting TA/TM applications for the Fall 2017 (1177) term. See the table below for course and position information.

Applications close Monday, July 10th at NOON.

Departmental priority guidelines for TAships are posted on the Biological Sciences Opportunities in Biology web page. Faculty may apply on behalf of new students.  

Duties, Responsibilities and Term of the Appointment
TA/TM duties and scheduled hours will vary from course to course.  All classes are held at the Burnaby campus unless otherwise indicated.

Appointment dates are September 1 - December 22, 2017.

First day of class is September 5thPlease note:

  • Applicants are expected to be available for the entire term of the contract. 
  • You must also discuss any planned absences with the course instructor, who will determine if an exception is possible. 
  • If you are taking courses or have other restrictions on your time, please be sure to contact the course instructor to ensure you understand the requirements of the TAship and are available when the job requires.
  • TAs and TMs must be available to invigilate exams and TMs must be able to collect exams and course work for marking from, and return (once marked) to, the SFU Burnaby campus.

Course instructors will receive a list of applicants interested in TAing their course and will have access to any CV or transcript you upload.  Instructors will rank applicants based on their qualifications.  Individual instructors may require an interview via telephone, email and/or in person in order to assess your qualifications. 

Qualifications for TA/TM positions in the Department of Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences includes a wide range of specializations and, in order to be appointed, a person must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material, as demonstrated by either having above average performance in an equivalent or related course from an undergraduate or graduate degree, or through graduate-level research in the subject area.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only successful applicants will be contacted.  We hope to be able to notify successful applicants by August 4th.

Before going to the form, you should have:

  • prepared a PDF of your CV ~3MB maximum size.  We prefer you name the file LastName_FirstNamel.pdf e.g. Lee_Jason.pdf;
  • prepared a PDF of relevant transcript(s);
  • your SFU ID (student) number (if applicable);
  • any information on any scholarships or awards for which you have applied or which you will receive for the upcoming semester;
  • your class schedule (if available).

You will need an SFU email account to access the application.  If you do not have an SFU email account, please e-mail Barbara Sherman for access.

Click here to be forwarded to the Biological Sciences Teaching Assistantship Application Form. 

If you receive an error message please contact bio-computing@sfu.ca.

Online applications must be submitted before the closing date.  Late applicants may contact barbaras@sfu.ca.  Should positions still be available, late applications will be considered after applications submitted on time.

Resources for TAs/TMs/Sessionals

The following links will help you get your medical coverage and other benefits, as well as help you learn how to become a better teacher.

Sessional Instructor (TSSU) Positions in Biology

Positions will be posted as follows:

  • 2nd week of June for Fall
  • 2nd week of October for Spring
  • 2nd week of February for Summer

The online application will remain open for 3 weeks.

Research Positions

Please contact individual faculty members regarding research opportunities in their lab.

Professors seeking Graduate Students

Prospective graduate students should contact individual faculty members regarding graduate opportunities.

Graduate Student opportunity in the Marlatt Lab:  M.Sc. or Ph.D. position in ecotoxicology to study the effects of neonicitinoid pesticides on salmonids.   All positions currently filled.


The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. (See Policy GP 19.)

The information submitted with your application is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468, s. 27(4)(a)), applicable federal and provincial employment regulations and requirements, the University's non-academic employment policies and applicable collective agreements.

The information is related directly to and needed by the University to initiate the employment application process. The information will be used to contact references supplied by you, evaluate your qualifications and complete the employment process by making a hiring decision. Applicant information may also be disclosed to the Teaching Support Staff Union in accordance with Article XIII F.3.1.b of the Collective Agreement.

If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information please contact the Associate VP, Human Resources, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6. Telephone 778-782-3237.