Physics Postings

These postings are updated by SFU's departments. Applicants should make sure that they can meet the departments' requirements and application deadlines. Please apply directly to the department where the job posting is located. Please check your department's job posting website as well.

Click here for Fall 2018 TA postings

There are no Sessional Instructor (SI) postings in Physics for the Fall 2018 term.


Physics Department – Teaching Assistant (TA) Hiring Priorities (23 June 2016)

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 Assistant positions, the department will also take into account the following:

  • Amount of financial support offered on admission to the graduate program;
  • Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience);
  • Applicant’s preferences.

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 Postings

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE FALL 2018 TERM:
JULY 9TH, 2018

TA QUALIFICATIONS

For all courses

Sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material and competency in oral and written English.

Additional requirements for specific courses

All lower division lab and studio courses (100, 101 (Surrey only), 102 (Surrey only), 130, 132, 140, 141, 190, 231, 233)
A bachelor's or master's degree in Physics
OR
A background in physics including successful completion of an upper division undergraduate physics lab course and successful completion of an upper division undergraduate course in quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, or electromagnetism
OR
A background in physics including successful completion of at least two lower division undergraduate physics lab courses AND demonstrated teaching ability as an instructor or teaching assistant in a post-secondary physics course.

Lower division lectures with TA-led tutorials (101, 102, 120, 121, 211, 221)
A bachelor's or master's degree in Physics; demonstrated teaching ability as an instructor or teaching assistant in a post-secondary physics course preferred
OR
A background in physics including successful completion of lower division physics lecture courses covering material through intermediate mechanics and electromagnetism AND demonstrated teaching ability as an instructor or teaching assistant in a post-secondary physics course

Upper division lectures with TA-led tutorials (321, 421)
A background in physics including successful completion of a graduate-level course on electromagnetism comparable in scope, sophistication, and difficulty to those offered by the SFU Department of Physics AND demonstrated teaching ability as an instructor or teaching assistant in a post-secondary physics course

PHYS 332W
A background in Physics including successful completion of an upper division course in optics or both electrodynamics and quantum mechanics, and an upper division laboratory course with demonstrable knowledge of experimental optics, data analysis, and either MATLAB or Igor; excellent scientific writing skills

Lower division, marking only
A background in physics including successful completion of lower division physics lecture courses covering material through intermediate mechanics and electromagnetism.

Upper division, marking only
A background in physics including successful completion of upper division undergraduate quantum mechanics, mathematical methods and electromagnetism courses.

ESTIMATED TA REQUIREMENTS - FALL 2018, PHYSICS

Please note that the number of TA appointments, base units, and course component information provided for each course are based on historic enrolment data and subject to change. This information represents the department's best estimate of required TA units at the time of posting.

Course Title
Campus Instructor Position Course Components # TAs
BUs per TA
PHYS 100 Introduction to Physics Burnaby McGuirk TA Active Learning Lab, Open Lab, Head TA 4-5 4.17-5.17
PHYS 100 Introduction to Physics Surrey Faculty TA Active Learning Lab, Open Lab 1 4.17
PHYS 101 Physics for the Life Sciences I
Burnaby Faculty TA Tutorial, Open Lab, Head TA 5-6 4.17-5.17
PHYS 102 Physics for the Life Sciences II
Burnaby Stelzer TA Tutorial, Open Lab, Head TA 3-4 4.17-5.17
PHYS 102 Physics for the Life Sciences II
Surrey Kirczenow TA Lab 2 4.17
PHYS 120 Mechanics & Modern Physics Burnaby Ahrensmeier TA Tutorial, Head TA 3-4 4.17-5.17
PHYS 125 Mechanics & Special Relativity Burnaby Vetterli TA Marking only 1 2.00-3.00
PHYS 132 Physics Laboratory I Burnaby Haljan TA Lab 3 3.17
PHYS 140 Studio Physics - Mechanics & Modern Physics Surrey Johnson TA Lab 4 4.17
PHYS 190 Introduction to Astronomy Burnaby Trottier TA Lab 3 4.17
PHYS 211 Intermediate Mechanics Burnaby Bechhoefer TA Tutorial 1 4.17
PHYS 231 Physics Laboratory III Burnaby Girt TA Lab 2 3.17
PHYS 255 Vibrations & Waves Burnaby Frolov TA Tutorial 1 4.17
PHYS 332W Optics Laboratory Burnaby Frisken TA Lab 2 4.17-5.17
PHYS 384 Methods of Theoretical Physics Burnaby Sivak TA Marking only 1 2.00-3.00
PHYS 385 Quantum Mechanics Burnaby Herbut TA Marking only 1 2.00-3.00
PHYS 413 Advanced Mechanics Burnaby Pogosian TA Marking only
1 1.00
PHYS 421 Electromagnetic Waves Burnaby Mun TA Marking only 1 1.00
PHYS 455 Modern Optics Burnaby Haljan TA Marking only 1 1.00
PHYS 465 Solid State Physics Burnaby
Sonier TA Marking only 1 1.00

TA Appointment Process

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE FALL 2018 TERM: JULY 9th, 2018.

All applicants should apply by submitting the on-line Physics TA application form by the application deadline date (July 9th, 2018 for positions in the Fall 2018 term). Note that applicants who are not SFU Physics graduate students must upload a CV, academic transcripts showing all physics courses completed, and a schedule of availability in order for their applications to be considered complete.

Additional information:

TAs MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FULL TERM OF APPOINTMENT. Appointment dates for the Fall 2018 term are August 30th through December 20th, 2018.

TAs will be notified of appointments during the week of July 30th, 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only successful applicants will be contacted. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please click here for the on-line Physics TA application form (SFU log-in ID required).

No SFU ID? Please contact physinfo@sfu.ca for log-in information.

Sessional Instructor Postings

There are no Sessional Instructor postings for the Fall 2018 term.

The Department of Physics' normal posting dates and timelines for Sessional Instructor postings are as follows:

  • Fall term (September to December): Positions posted by June 15th
  • Spring term (January to April): Positions posted by October 15th
  • Summer term (May to August): Positions posted by February 15th
All postings will remain open for a minimum of two weeks.
 

 

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