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 Spring 2018 TA postings.
(closing date: November 7, 2017)

There are no Sessional Instructor postings in Physics
for the Spring 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 SPRING 2018 TERM:
NOVEMBER 7th, 2017.

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 - SPRING 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 Chen TA Active Learning Lab, Open Lab, Head TA
5
3.17-5.17
PHYS 101 Physics for the Life Sciences I
Burnaby Kavanagh TA Tutorial, Head TA 6 3.17-5.17
PHYS 101 Physics for the Life Sciences I
Surrey Emberly TA Lab 2 4.17
PHYS 102 Physics for the Life Sciences II
Burnaby Johnson TA Tutorial, Open Lab, Head TA 4 3.17-5.17
PHYS 120 Mechanics & Modern Physics Burnaby Girt TA Tutorial, Head TA 4 3.17-5.17
PHYS 121 Optics, Electricity, & Magnetism Burnaby Pogosian/Haljan TA Tutorial 3 3.17-5.17
PHYS 126 Electricity, Magnetism & Light Burnaby Hayden TA Marking   1 1.00
PHYS 130 Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
Burnaby Frisken TA Lab 2 4.17
PHYS 132 Physics Laboratory I Burnaby Johnson TA Lab 2 3.17
PHYS 133 Physics Laboratory II Burnaby Chen
TA Lab 2 3.17
PHYS 141 Studio Physics - Optics, Electricity & Magnetism Surrey Alberding TA Lab 3 4.17
PHYS 190 Introduction to Astronomy Burnaby Trottier TA Lab 3 4.17
PHYS 233 Physics Laboratory IV Burnaby Dodge TA Lab 1
4.17
PHYS 285 Introduction to Relativity & Quantum Mechanics Burnaby Stelzer TA Tutorial 1 3.17
PHYS 321 Intermediate Electricity & Magnetism Burnaby Hayden TA Tutorial 1 3.17
PHYS 326 Electronics & Instrumentation
Burnaby Girt TA Lab 1 3.17
PHYS 344 Thermal Physics Burnaby Sivak TA Marking 1 2.00
PHYS 365 Semiconductor Device Physics Burnaby
Kavanagh TA Marking 1 1.00
PHYS 390 Introduction to Astrophysics Burnaby Frolov TA Marking 1 1.00
PHYS 415 Quantum Mechanics II Burnaby Mun TA Marking 1 1.00
PHYS 445 Statistical Physics
Burnaby Broun TA Marking 1 1.00
PHYS 465 Solid State Physics
Burnaby Watkins TA Marking
1 1.00
PHYS 485 Particle Physics Burnaby Stelzer TA Marking 1 1.00

TA Appointment Process

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE SPRING 2018 TERM: NOVEMBER 7th, 2017.

All applicants should apply by submitting the on-line Physics TA application form by the application deadline date (November 7th, 2017 for positions in the Spring 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 Spring 2018 term are January 2 through April 27, 2017.

TAs will be notified of appointments during the week of November 27th, 2017.

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 Spring 2018 term. 

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.

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