Employment Opportunities

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Teaching Assistants/Tutor-Markers


The Department of Chemistry is accepting TA/TM applications for the courses listed in the table below.

Applications for the following are being accepted until noon on Monday, March 13. Applicants are expected to be available for the whole term of the contractMay 1 to August 22, 2017. In addition, applicants should have details of any scholarships or awards for which they have applied or will receive in the upcoming term. CVs and transcripts can be uploaded during the on-line application process.

Applications are to be submitted using the on-line application form <https://advance.science.sfu.ca/chemistry/ta_applications/>. To access this form, you will need an SFU email account. If you are a new student or external applicant, contact Lesley Butler <chemmgr@sfu.ca> for access. 

Chemistry graduate students also need to complete and submit the RA/top-up form to receive full funding. The form can be found at http://www.sfu.ca/chemistry/information-hub/forms.html

Late applicants may contact Lesley Butler <chemmgr@sfu.ca> after the application deadline. Should positions still be available, late applications will be considered after those submitted by the deadline.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only successful applicants will be contacted.

This posting is subject to change and positions may be conditional on final enrollments.

Course Course Name Instructor Needed
CHEM110      Introductory Chemistry TBA     TM
CHEM120_S      General Chemistry I; Surrey Campus Gurpreet Mund     TA
CHEM121      General Chemistry and Laboratory I (LEC) Lee Hanlan     TA
CHEM121_S      General Chemistry and Laboratory I; Surrey Campus (LEC) Gurpreet Mund     TA
CHEM121_SL      General Chemistry and Laboratory I; Surrey Campus (LAB) Gurpreet Mund     TA
CHEM121L      General Chemistry and Laboratory I (LAB) Sophie Lavieri     TA
CHEM122      General Chemistry II Paul Li     TA
CHEM126      General Chemistry Laboratory II John Canal     TA
CHEM215      Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Hua-Zhong Yu     TA
CHEM281      Organic Chemistry I (LEC) Nabyl Merbouh     TA
CHEM281L      Organic Chemistry I (LAB) Nabyl Merbouh     TA
CHEM282/3      Organic Chemistry II Uwe Kreis     TA
CHEM286      Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Uwe Kreis     TA
CHEM336      Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory Lee Hanlan     TA
SCI300_V      Science and its Impact on Society; Vancouver Campus John Canal     TA

All classes are held at the Burnaby campus unless otherwise indicated.

Qualifications for TA/TM positions in the Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry 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.

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.

Classes begin on Monday, May 8, 2017. Refer to the student calendar for a list of important dates.

For more information, contact Lesley Butler, Manager, Academic & Administrative Services, Department of Chemistry <chemmgr@sfu.ca>.

Teaching Assistant (TA)/Tutor-Marker (TM) Hiring Priorities

Priority for appointment/reappointment as a Teaching Assistant is in accordance with Article XIII of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff union (TSSU).

Priority for appointment/reappointment as a Tutor Marker is in accordance with Article XV of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff union (TSSU).

In allocating Teaching Assistant/Tutor-Marker positions, the department will also take into consideration the following:

  • Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience)
  • Requests for a position in a specific course or at a preferred campus
  • Number of base units already received to ensure sufficient teaching-related experience in his/her field of study
  • Employment evaluations
  • Instructor requests

If an assignment within a priority group requires a selection between applicants, the graduate student without financial support from merit based scholarships or merit based fellowships during the semester of appointment with a value equal to at least a 5.17 appointment, will have priority for the appointment.

For further information about the Chemistry Department priority system, please contact one of the following:

Lesley Butler, Manager, Academic & Administrative Services
SFU Chemistry Department
t: 778.782.3531  e: chemmgr@sfu.ca


Dr. Steven Holdcroft, Professor and Chair
SFU Chemistry Department
t: 778.782.4884  e: chemchr@sfu.ca

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.


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.