Employment

Graduate students find themselves at the meeting point between theory and practice. It's a place where they can teach other students and find practical ways to contribute to improving our world.

They find these opportunities in several places at the university, from our tutorial system which gives graduate students valuable opportunities to gain teaching experience to research assistant jobs which provide practical lab experience, to co-op programs. 

Wherever they work and volunteer, our graduate students begin to build the professional experience and contacts which will serve them throughout their careers and make the personal connections which will enrich them throughout their lives.

Did you know?

Your spouse or common-law partner may apply for a work permit if you are a full-time graduate student. Full guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

I will be starting work this term as a teaching or research assistant. When will I be paid?

SFU's Payroll website contains the Payroll Schedule for the biweekly paydays.

How can I find jobs on campus?

Job postings for TAs, TMS and Sessional Instructors are updated by SFU departments and hosted centrally on the Grad Studies website. We also post supplementary jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities for graduate students on our blog.

In addition, the following websites may be consulted for part-time work opportunities while you're working on your degree.

We also recommend that graduate students consult with Career Services and take advantage of the career workshops offered on campus.