Employment Opportunities

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Teaching Assistants


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

Re-post: Applications will be accepted until Sept 7, 2021 for CHEM 122/180, CHEM 126, CHEM 285 only. (Applications for all other courses closed Monday, July 12, 2021.)

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

Special note about Fall 2021 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.  A University approved, department specific, safe work plan (SWP) will be provided to all those required to work on campus.

Applicants are expected to be available for the entire term of the contract: August 30 to December 24, 2021

  • 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 and TMs 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.

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 Name



CHEM110 Introductory Chemistry Rebecca Goyan  TA
CHEM120 General Chemistry I Daniel Leznoff, Jeffrey Warren  TA
CHEM120_S General Chemistry I; Surrey Campus Daniel Leznoff, Jeffrey Warren  TA
CHEM122/180 General Chemistry II / The Chemistry of Life John Canal  TA
CHEM125 General Chemistry Laboratory I Rebecca Goyan  TA
CHEM125_S General Chemistry Laboratory I; Surrey Campus Gurpreet Mund  TA
CHEM126 General Chemistry Laboratory II Julie Lunniss  TA
CHEM210 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Hua-Zhong Yu  TA
CHEM216 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Rajendra Sharma  TA
CHEM230 Inorganic Chemistry Tim Storr  TA
CHEM236W Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory John Canal  TA
CHEM260 Atoms, Molecules, Spectroscopy Krzysztof Starosta  TA
CHEM280 Organic Chemistry I Faculty  TA
CHEM282/3/4 Organic Chemistry II/IIb Peter Wilson  TA
CHEM285 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I Sessional  TA
CHEM286 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Uwe Kreis  TA
CHEM316 Introductory Instrumental Analysis Bingyun Sun  TA
CHEM340 Materials Chemistry Zuo-Guang Ye  TA
CHEM364 Quantum Chemistry Gary Leach  TA
CHEM366W Physical Chemistry Laboratory II Sessional  TA
CHEM371 Chemistry of the Aqueous Environment George Agnes  TA
CHEM380 Chemical and Instrumental Methods of Identification of Organic Compounds Nabyl Merbouh  TA
NUSC341 Introduction to Radiochemistry Corina Andreoiu  TA
SCI300 Science and its Impact on Society Erika Plettner  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.

Fall 2021 (1217) Classes begin on Wednesday, Sept 8, 2021. Refer to the student calendar for a list of important dates.

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

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

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:

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


Dr. Vance Williams, Associate 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.