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Sessional Instructors


The Chemistry Department expects to make the following TSSU appointments for the Fall 2017 (1177) term.

Applications are being accepted from now until 4:30pm on Tuesday, August 8. Applicants are expected to be available for the whole term of the contract—September 1st to December 22nd  2017. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only successful applicants will be contacted.

This posting is subject to change and is conditional on final enrollments.


Course Name



CHEM 121

General Chemistry and Laboratory I



CHEM 126

General Chemistry Laboratory II



Qualifications: A graduate degree or equivalent qualification in Chemistry or a related discipline together with evidence of laboratory teaching experience commensurate with the responsibility of teaching the assigned credit course and of carrying out the duties related to the effective conduct of that course.

Recommended Qualifications:  For CHEM 126 it is recommended that the applicant be familiar with the Vernier Logger Pro data-collection and analysis software and Excel spreadsheet applications.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to an equity employment program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We therefore particularly encourage applications from qualified women, aboriginal Canadians, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

How to apply:

Applications are to be submitted using the on-line application form

**Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointments will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

Teaching Assistants/Tutor-Markers


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

Applications for the following are being accepted until noon on Monday, July 10. Applicants are expected to be available for the whole term of the contract—September 1 to December 22, 2017. In addition, applicants should have details of any scholarships or awards for which they have applied or will receive in the upcoming term. CVs and transcripts can be uploaded during the on-line application process.

Applications are to be submitted using the on-line application form <>. To access this form, you will need an SFU email account. If you are a new student or external applicant, contact Lesley Butler <> for access. 

Chemistry graduate students also need to complete and submit the RA/top-up form to receive full funding. The form can be found at

Late applicants may contact Lesley Butler <> 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
CHEM110/111      Introductory Chemistry Lee Hanlan     TA
CHEM111_L      Introductory Chemistry and Laboratory (LAB) Rajendra Sharma     TA
  General Chemistry I; Surrey Campus Uwe Kreis     TA
CHEM121      General Chemistry and Laboratory I Daniel Leznoff     TA
CHEM121_L      General Chemistry and Laboratory I (LAB) Julie Lunniss     TA
CHEM121_SL      General Chemistry and Laboratory I; Surrey Campus (LAB) Sessional     TA
CHEM122      General Chemistry II Andrew Bennet     TA
CHEM126      General Chemistry Laboratory II Sophie Lavieri     TA
CHEM215      Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Paul Li     TA
CHEM230      Inorganic Chemistry Charles Walsby     TA
CHEM236W      Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory John Canal     TA
CHEM260      Atoms, Molecules, Spectroscopy Loren Kaake     TA
CHEM281      Organic Chemistry I Robert Britton     TA
CHEM281_L      Organic Chemistry I (LAB) Nabyl Merbouh     TA
CHEM282/283      Organic Chemistry II Erika Plettner     TA
CHEM286      Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Uwe Kreis     TA
CHEM316      Introductory Instrumental Analysis Bingyun Sun     TA
CHEM366W      Physical Chemistry Laboratory II Rebecca Goyan     TA
CHEM380      Chemical and Instrumental Methods of Identification of Organic Compound Vance Williams     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.

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.

Classes begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Refer to the student calendar for a list of important dates.

For more information, contact Lesley Butler, Manager, Academic & Administrative Services, Department of Chemistry <>.

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:

Lesley Butler, Manager, Academic & Administrative Services
SFU Chemistry Department
t: 778.782.3531  e:


Dr. Dipankar Sen, Professor and Chair
SFU Chemistry Department
t: 778.782.4884  e:

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.