Earth Sciences Postings

These postings are updated by SFU's departments. Applicants should make sure that they can meet the departments' requirements and application deadlines. Please apply directly to the department where the job posting is located. Please check your department's job posting website as well.


Course:  EASC 301 Igneous Petrology

Location:  Burnaby Campus

Duration: August 28 - December 22, 2023

Application Deadline:  June 29, 2023

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Appointment Period:  August 28 - December 22, 2023


EASC 101 Dynamic Earth Burnaby TA van der Flier-Keller
EASC 106 Earth Through Time Burnaby TA Hansen
EASC 202   Introduction to Mineralogy Burnaby TA Staples
EASC 206 Field Geology 1 Burnaby* TA Staples
EASC 207 Introduction to Applied Geophysics Burnaby TA Calvert
EASC 209W Environmental Geoscience Burnaby* TA Turner
EASC 210 Evolving Earth
Burnaby TA Hansen
EASC 302 Sedimentary Petrology Burnaby TA Dashtgard
EASC 304 Hydrogeology Burnaby TA Flowers
EASC 309 Global Tectonics Burnaby TA Gibson
EASC 310W Paleontology Burnaby TA MacEachern
EASC 315W Geochemistry of Natural Waters Burnaby TA Allen
EASC 421 Volcanology Burnaby* TA Williams-Jones


Earth Sciences Teaching Assistant/Tutor Marker Hiring Priorities

Duties, Responsibilities and Term of the Appointment for Teaching Assistants (TA) and Sessional Instructors

All successful aplicants must demonstrate completion of the required safety training prior to the start of the course. Safety training requirements for each course are listed here.  Retraining is not required if certification is still valid.

TA/TM duties  and scheduled hours will vary from course to course.

Applicants are expected to be available for the entire term of the contract.

Qualifications for TA/TM positions in the Department of Earth Sciences:  A bachelor's or master's degree in Earth Sciences, or equivalent. The Department of Earth 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 taken the course or equivalent, or through graduate‐level research in the subject area.

W COURSES (EASC209W, EASC310W and EASC315W):  Applicants must have above average technical writing skills and be able to critique and assess written assignments and reports.

FIELD TRIPS/SCHOOLS:  TA must be available to travel on evenings/overnight/weekends, possess valid BC Class 5 (or equivalent) Driver's license, submit a current Drivers Abstract and valid First Aid Level One (minimum).  EASC 206, EASC 209* and EASC 421  will involve overnight out of town travel.  TAship for EASC209 will be field only, no lab.


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. 

Note: All external applicants (non‐EASC) must email a statement of interest, and CV to by application closing date.  

Access the Earth Sciences Teaching Assistantship Application Form here (SFU email account required)

Questions contact Tarja Vaisanen, Department Manager by email.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only successful applicants will be contacted and shall receive written confirmation.

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.



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