Opportunities in Biology at SFU

Sessional Positions

For spring 2021 we expect to have a sessional position available in the following course. The position description can be found at:

BISC 654 - Food & Drug Toxicology - Closing date is Monday November 2 at 4:00 PM

Applications for sessional positions are to be submitted online. Click here for the Biological Sciences application form.

Teaching Assistant/Tutor Marker Positions

Fall 2020 (1207)

A 5.17BU position in BISC 102 is available for the fall 2020 semester.  To apply, please follow the instructions below.  Application deadline: Friday August 14, 2020 at 12:00PM (noon).


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


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.  

First day of class is September 8, 2020Please note:

  • Applicants are expected to be available for the entire term of the contract: August 28, 2020 – December 24, 2020.
  • You must discuss any planned absences with the course instructor in advance, 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 before applying to ensure you understand the requirements of the TAship and are available when the job requires. TA positions in Biological Sciences include some combination of the following, depending on the way the course is delivered:  attendance at lectures; instruction of multiple tutorials; instruction of multiple laboratories of 2-4 hours in length.
  • 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.

Links to course outlines for courses offered can be found here.

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

All courses:

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 form an undergraduate or graduate degree, or through graduate-level research in the subject area.

Additional requirements for specific courses:

W courses (BISC302W, BISC360W, and BISC440W) and BISC102:

As these are writing-intensive courses, some TAs may be responsible for providing feedback on written work.  For appointment to a position responsible for teaching writing in the discipline, applicants must demonstrate above average writing ability, sufficient to asses and critique written work.  Applicants may be asked to provide writing samples or other evidence of writing proficiency.

Upper-division lab courses:

BISC303:  Candidates must have hands-on experience and training in aseptic techniques for culturing, characterization, and identification of bacteria.  This experience may have been gained through coursework, research, or a combination.

BISC440W:  In order to be appointed, a person must be able to demonstrate knowledge of modern phylogenetic methodologies and scripting in the "R" environment.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only successful applicants will be contacted.  We hope to notify successful applicants by  August 7.

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 that combines relevant undergraduate and graduate transcript(s) in a single document;
  • 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 Manager, Administrative Services 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 biscmas@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.