Employment Opportunities

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Teaching Assistants


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

Applications will be accepted until July 8, 2024

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply; number of base units already received does not affect eligibility criteria.  

Fall 2024 course delivery: All appointments will require face-to-face instruction. If you have concerns about the safety measures in place for face-to-face instruction, please review Safety and Risk Services Work & Research Safety.

Fall 2024 (1247) Classes begin on Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024. Refer to the student calendar for a list of important dates.

Applicants are expected to be available for the entire term of the contract: August 26 to December 20, 2024

·         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.

·         TAs must be available to invigilate exams and TMs must be able to collect exams and course work for marking, and return (once marked).

·         In addition, applicants should provide details of any merit based scholarships or merit based fellowships for which they are expecting to receive in the upcoming term.

·         All successful applicants 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.

Applications are to be submitted using the online application system: <https://advance.science.sfu.ca/chemistry/ta_applications/>

To access the system, you will need an SFU computing ID. If you are a new student or external applicant, contact Jen Jackson <chemmgr@sfu.ca> for access.  

·         CVs and transcripts can be uploaded during the online application process.

Late applicants may contact Jen Jackson <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 Base Units
CHEM110/111 Introductory Chemistry  Sophie Lavieri TA 2 x 5.17
CHEM111_S Introductory Chemistry and Laboratory (Surrey) Rebecca Goyan TA 3 x 2.17
CHEM120/121_S General Chemistry I (Surrey) Rebecca Goyan TA 3 x 5.17, 1 x 3.17
CHEM121 General Chemistry and Laboratory I  Daniel Leznoff/Jeff Warren TA 8 x 5.17, 1 x 3.17
CHEM121_L General Chemistry and Laboratory I  Garry Mund TA 8 x 5.17  
CHEM121_SL General Chemistry and Laboratory I (Surrey) Rebecca Goyan TA 3 x 5.17  
CHEM122 General Chemistry II Charles Walsby TA 4 x 5.17, 1 x 2.17
CHEM126 General Chemistry Laboratory II John Canal TA 4 x 5.17 
CHEM210 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry  Dev Sharma TA 1 x 2 (marking)
CHEM216 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Dev Sharma TA 2 x 5.17
CHEM230 Inorganic Chemistry  Carla Pretorius TA 1 x 2 (marking)
CHEM236W Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory Carla Pretorius TA 2 x 5.17
CHEM260 Atoms, Molecules, Spectroscopy Samira Siahrostami TA 2 x 5.17
CHEM281 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I  David Vocadlo TA 5 x 5.17
CHEM281_L Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I  Nabyl Merbouh TA 3 x 5.17, 3 x 3.17
CHEM282/283/284 Organic Chemistry II/b  Pete Wilson TA 3 x 5.17, 1 x 3.17
CHEM286 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Uwe Kreis TA 3 x 5.17  
CHEM316 Introductory Instrumental Analysis Bingyun Sun TA 2 x 5.17
CHEM340 Materials Chemistry Zuo-Guang Ye TA 1 x 2 (marking)
CHEM364 Quantum Chemistry Gary Leach TA 1 x 2 (marking)
CHEM366W Physical Chemistry Laboratory II Loren Kaake TA 2 x 5.17
CHEM380 Chemical and Instrumental Methods of Identification of Organic Compounds Patty Somers TA 1 x 5.17, 1 x 3.17
NUSC341 Introduction to Radiochemistry  Corina Andreoiu TA 1 x 2 (marking)
NUSC344 Nucleosynthesis and Distribution of the Elements Krzysztof Starosta TA 1 x 2 (marking)
SCI300 Science and its Impact on Society Uwe Kreis TA 1 x 3.17



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.

Teaching Assistant 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).

In allocating Teaching Assistants, 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.

Teaching Assistant Salary Range

Contact Hours 1 2 3 4 5 6
GTA 1 Salary 2,696 3,938 5,180  6,422 7,664 8,906
BU Paid 2.17 3.17 4.17 5.17 6.17 7.17
Scholarship 380 570 760 950 1,140 1,330
BU Scholarship 2 3 4 5 6 7
Total 3,076 4,508 5,940 7,372 8,804 10,236
Contact Hours 1 2 3 4 5 6
GTA 2 Salary 2,696 3,938 5,180 6,422 7,664 8,906
BU Paid 2.17 3.17 4.17 5.17 6.17 7.17
Scholarship 840 1,260 1,680 2,100 2,520 2,940
BU Scholarship 2 3 4 5 6 7
Total 3,536 5,198 6,860 8,522 10,184 11,846
Contact Hours 1 2 3 4 5 6
UTA/ETA Salary 2,696 3,938 5,180 6,422 7,664 8,906
BU Paid 2.17 3.17 4.17 5.17 6.17 7.17
Scholarship 0 0 0 0 0 0
BU Scholarship 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2,696 3,938 5,180 6,422 7,664 8,906

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

For more information please contact:

Jen Jackson, Manager, Academic & Administrative Services
SFU Chemistry Department

Dr. Charles Walsby, Associate Professor and Chair
SFU Chemistry Department

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.)

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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.

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