Physics 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.

Please click here for Spring 2021 postings. Application deadline: November 9, 2020.

There are no Sessional Instructor (SI) postings in Physics for the Spring 2021 term.


Physics Department – Teaching Assistant (TA) Hiring Priorities (23 June 2016)

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).

In allocating Teaching Assistant positions, the department will also take into account the following:

  • Amount of financial support offered on admission to the graduate program;
  • Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience);
  • Applicant’s preferences.

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.

Teaching Assistant Postings

TA QUALIFICATIONS

For all courses

Sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material and competency in oral and written English.

Additional requirements for specific courses

All lower division lab and studio courses (100, 101 (Surrey only), 102 (Surrey only), 130, 132, 140, 141, 190, 231, 233)
A bachelor's or master's degree in Physics
OR
A background in physics including successful completion of an upper division undergraduate physics lab course and successful completion of an upper division undergraduate course in quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, or electromagnetism
OR
A background in physics including successful completion of at least two lower division undergraduate physics lab courses AND demonstrated teaching ability as an instructor or teaching assistant in a post-secondary physics course.

Lower division lectures with TA-led tutorials (101, 102, 120, 121, 211, 221, 255, 285)
A bachelor's or master's degree in Physics; demonstrated teaching ability as an instructor or teaching assistant in a post-secondary physics course preferred
OR
A background in physics including successful completion of lower division physics lecture courses covering material through intermediate mechanics and electromagnetism AND demonstrated teaching ability as an instructor or teaching assistant in a post-secondary physics course

Upper division lectures with TA-led tutorials (321, 421)
A background in physics including successful completion of a graduate-level course on electromagnetism comparable in scope, sophistication, and difficulty to those offered by the SFU Department of Physics AND demonstrated teaching ability as an instructor or teaching assistant in a post-secondary physics course

PHYS 332W
A background in Physics including successful completion of an upper division course in optics or both electrodynamics and quantum mechanics, and an upper division laboratory course with demonstrable knowledge of experimental optics, data analysis, and either MATLAB or Igor; excellent scientific writing skills

Lower division, marking only
A background in physics including successful completion of lower division physics lecture courses covering material through intermediate mechanics and electromagnetism.

Upper division, marking only
A background in physics including successful completion of upper division undergraduate quantum mechanics, mathematical methods and electromagnetism courses.

ESTIMATED TA REQUIREMENTS - SPRING 2021 - PHYSICS

Total numbers of TAs and expected base units are based on historical enrollment data and subject to change.

Some appointments will require face-to-face instruction. If you do not wish to be considered for these appointments, please indicate that in the comments section of your application. If you have concerns about the safety measures for face-to-face instruction, please review the resources available on the website: https://www.sfu.ca/srs/work-research-safety/general-safety/covid19-resources.html. A University-approved, department-specific safety plan will be provided to all those required to work on campus.

Courses requiring face-to-face instruction are those for which "BURNABY-IN PERSON DELIVERY" is indicated under the "Campus" heading below.

Course
Title Campus Instructor Position Course Components #TAs BUs per TA
PHYS 100   Introduction to Physics
REMOTE Girt
Head TA, TA
Tutorial 3 - 5 4.17-5.17
PHYS 101 Physics for the Life Sciences I REMOTE Johnson TA Tutorial 3 - 5
4.17-5.17
PHYS 102 Physics for the Life Sciences II REMOTE Forde TA Tutorial 3 - 5
4.17-5.17
PHYS 120 Mechanics & Modern Physics REMOTE Danninger/Haljan TA Tutorial 2 - 4
4.17-5.17
PHYS 121 Optics, Electricity, & Magnetism REMOTE Stelzer TA Tutorial 2 - 4 4.17-5.17
PHYS 126 Mechanics & Special Relativity REMOTE Hayden TA Tutorial 1 2.17-3.17
PHYS 132 Physics Laboratory I REMOTE Frolov TA Lab 3 - 4 3.17
PHYS 133 Physics Laboratory II REMOTE Haljan TA Lab 4 - 5 3.17
PHYS 190 Introduction to Astronomy REMOTE Woo TA Lab 2 - 3 4.17-5.17
PHYS 211 Intermediate Mechanics REMOTE DeBenedictis TA Tutorial 1 3.17
PHYS 234 Physics Laboratory IV BURNABY - IN-PERSON DELIVERY Watkins
TA Lab 1 5.17
PHYS 285 Introduction to Relativity & Quantum Mechanics REMOTE Simmons TA Tutorial 1 3.17
PHYS 321 Intermediate Electricity & Magnetism REMOTE Pogosian TA Tutorial 1 3.17
PHYS 332W Advanced Physics Laboratory I BURNABY - IN-PERSON DELIVERY Bechhoefer TA Lab 1 5.17
PHYS 365 Semiconductor Device Physics REMOTE Kavanagh TA Marking 1 1.00
PHYS 395 Computational Physics REMOTE Emberly TA Tutorial 1 2.17-3.17
PHYS 415 Quantum Mechanics II REMOTE Mun TA Tutorial 1 2.17

TA Appointment Process

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE SPRING 2021 TERM: NOVEMBER 9, 2020

All applicants should apply by submitting the on-line Physics TA application form by the application deadline date (November 9, 2020 for positions in the Spring 2021 term). Note that applicants who are not SFU Physics graduate students must upload a CV, academic transcripts showing all physics courses completed, and a schedule of availability in order for their applications to be considered complete.

Additional information:

Appointment dates for the Spring 2021 term are January 4th through April 30th, 2021. By applying for a TA position you indicate your availability for the entire appointment period. Requests for leaves are covered in the TSSU Collective Agreement Article XXV.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only successful applicants will be contacted. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please click here for the on-line Physics TA application form (SFU log-in required).

No SFU ID? Please contact physinfo@sfu.ca for log-in information.

Sessional Instructor Postings

There are no Sessional Instructor postings for the Spring 2021 term.

The Department of Physics' normal posting dates and timelines for Sessional Instructor postings are as follows:

  • Fall term (September to December): Positions posted by June 15th
  • Spring term (January to April): Positions posted by October 15th
  • Summer term (May to August): Positions posted by February 15th

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.

Policies

Equity
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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.