Sustainable Energy Engineering 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.

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Teaching Assistantship Opportunities

Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) welcomes qualified graduate and undergraduate students to apply for Teaching Assistant (TA) positions for SEE courses. Students must apply/reapply and be selected for TA positions each term.
 

TA Applications for Summer 2021 are now closed.
 

Course List 

Course Position Instructor Duration
SEE 221 TA Sami Khan May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 230 TA Mahda Jahromi May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 241 TA Manpreet Kaur May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 300 TA Kevin Oldknow May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 310 TA Taco Niet May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 324 TA Colin Copeland May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 331 TA Mahda Jahromi May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 332 TA Amir Shabani May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 341 TA Amir Shabani May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 342 TA Mahda Jahromi May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 351 TA Zafar Adeel May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 352 TA Mehran Ahmadi May 10 - Aug 27
SEE 354 TA Manpreet Kaur May 10 - Aug 27

Teaching at SFU in Summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases. TAs will be expected to be available for the duration of their appointment and maybe requested for some in person components throughout the semester. If you have concerns about the safety measures for face to face instruction, please review the resources available on the website: https://www.sfu.ca/srs/work-research-safety/general-safety/covid19-resources.html. A University approved, department specific safety plan will be provided to all those required to work on campus.

Job Description

  • TAs must be available for tutorials, labs, office hours, invigilation and marking of midterms and finals, where applicable
  • For courses with tutorials, prepare for each tutorial, facilitate and/or lead tutorials and perform all related duties required for effective conduct of the tutorial
  • For course with labs, have experience reviewing and assessing laboratory reports for written quality and technical accuracy, be willing to proactively assist students and be able to provide constructive written or oral feedback on work submitted by students in the course. Most courses include marking and require the ability to provide constructive written feedback on work submitted by students
  • TAs are expected to hold office hours for some courses which require the ability to assist students with understanding course material and assignment requirements

TA Requirements

General Requirements:

  • Applicants must have sufficient written and one-to-one oral communications skills in order to support students and instructors throughout the semester whether in-person or by email.
  • Applicants must have sufficient time management and organizational skills – this is of particular concern for courses with tutorials or labs.
  • Applicants must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material and competency in oral and written English.

Education Requirements:

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in engineering or an equivalent post-secondary degree from a recognized institution OR demonstrated industry experience specific to the course(s) applied for. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material and pre-requisites in order to provide optimum TA support for students and course instructors.
  • Applicants can be senior undergraduate students who have a better than average overall CGPA who can demonstrate competence through courses taken. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material and pre-requisites in order to provide optimum TA support for students and course instructors.

 

Specific Course Requirements:

SEE 221 – Statics & Mechanics of Materials

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of Statics topics, e.g. equilibrium of rigid body, trusses, centroid and center of gravity, etc
  • Knowledge of Mechanics of Materials topics, e.g. stress-strain, torsion, beam deflection, column buckling, etc

SEE 230 - Electric Circuits

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Proficiency in AC circuit analysis, phase angle measurement and drawing/reading phasor diagrams
  • Working experience with multi-channel scopes, Digital Multimeters, chokes (inductors) and capacitors
  • Currency in AC power calculations including Active, Reactive and Apparent Power
  • At least one advanced course in electric / electronic circuits completed at the senior undergraduate / graduate level, or equivalent
  • Proficiency with software tools for simulation of electric circuits (e.g. PSpice) and general analysis (e.g. Excel, Matlab)

SEE 241 - Engineering Measurement, Analysis and Forecasting

Required skills:

  • Background in engineering measurement and statistics, including sampling, probability, analysis, hypothesis testing, experimental design and statistical process control
  • At least one course in engineering statistics completed at the undergraduate level, or equivalent
  • Experience with software tools for statistical analysis (e.g. Excel, Matlab, R)

SEE 300 - The Business of Engineering

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of engineering economics including: financial statements, time value of money, development and analysis of project cash flows, return on investment, net present value and internal rate of return, depreciation and corporate income taxes, risk and uncertainty
  • Completion of at least one course in engineering economics at the undergraduate level
  • Experience with software tools (e.g. Microsoft Excel) for economic analysis, including risk and uncertainty
  • Experience providing constructive feedback and evaluation of written reports and presentations

SEE 310 - Integrated Energy Solution II

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of energy systems design
  • Knowledge of systems modelling (familiar with at three types of models such as Energy Planning and Optimization, Building Energy Modelling, CGE, Partial Equilibrium, Power Systems Models)
  • Ability to lead lab groups and project groups through modelling challenges
  • Experience providing constructive feedback to students in person and in writing

SEE 324 - Heat and Mass Transfer for Energy Engineering

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Good knowledge of linear/nonlinear ordinary/partial differential equations
  • Deep knowledge of heat and mass transfer concepts, e.g. steady-state and transient 1D, 2D and 3D heat/mass diffusion in solids, lump systems, internal and external natural convection, internal and external forced convection, boiling and condensation, radiation, etc.
  • Technical report writing experience an asset
  • General knowledge of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics an asset

SEE 331 - Power Electronics

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Ability to be flexible with duties based on faculty and student needs
  • Proficiency in transistor power electronic circuits and operation principals of Rectifiers, Choppers and Inverters
  • Working experience with multi-channel scopes and LabVolt equipment
  • At least one advanced course in Electric Machines and Power Electronic Circuits completed at the senior undergraduate/graduate level, or equivalent
  • Proficiency with software tools for simulation of electric circuits (e.g. PSpice) or general analysis (e.g. MATLAB-SIMULINK)

SEE 332 - Power Systems Analysis and Design

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Working experience with multi-channel scopes and Digital Multimeters
  • Proficiency with software tools for simulation of electric circuits (e.g. PSpice) and general analysis (e.g. Excel, Matlab)
  • At least one advanced course in electric / electronic circuits completed at the senior undergraduate / graduate level, or equivalent
  • Currency in AC power calculations and AC circuit analysis
  • Basic knowledge of Power Systems Analysis and Design is an asset

SEE 341 - Signals and Systems

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Knowledge and experience with engineering software tool, MATLAB
  • Equivalent course (Signal and Systems or DSP) completed in undergraduate/graduate studies
  • Ability to lead lab sessions, conduct tutorials, and has good communication skills

SEE 342 - Feedback Control Systems

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Ability to be flexible with duties based on faculty and student needs
  • Proficiency with transfer functions, stability analysis and associated math (Laplace transform, partial fractions, Mason’s rules and Laplace theorems)
  • Knowledge of PID and Lead/Lag controllers as well as root-locus and pole placement design methods
  • At least one advanced course in Electric Machines and Feedback Control Systems completed at the senior undergraduate/graduate level, or equivalent
  • Proficiency with software tools for or general analysis (e.g. MATLAB-SIMULINK) Working experience with Quanser products is an asset

SEE 351 - Bioprocess Engineering Systems

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of bioprocesses, including a thorough understanding of underlying concepts of kinetics in batch and continuous systems
  • Knowledge of design and control of bioreactors
  • Hands-on experience of running bioreactors in laboratory settings, preferably including instrumentation, monitoring and control systems
  • Knowledge and awareness of lab safety, particularly biosafety

SEE 352 - Power Generation and Conversion

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of Thermodynamics concepts, e.g. Carnot cycle, exergy and availability, power cycles, refrigeration cycles, combustion, renewable energy generation systems, etc.
  • Knowledge of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer topics
  • Knowledge and awareness of lab safety
  • Knowledge of lab report and technical writing

SEE 354 - Energy Storage

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Working experience with at least one type of energy storage systems (e.g. battery, hydrogen, phase change materials, etc.)
  • At least one advanced course in electrical/mechanical/chemical engineering completed at the senior undergraduate/graduate level, or equivalent
  • Basic knowledge of energy storage systems analysis and design is an asset

Appointment Priorities

Priority for appointment/reappointment as a TA is in accordance with Article XIII of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU).

Per section XIII F3. 1(a), priority must be given to applicants in the following order:

  1. Graduate students registered in SEE
  2. Graduate students registered in other departments
  3. Undergraduate or external students

In allocating TA positions, SEE will also take into account the following:

  • Instructor requests
  • Applicant’s preferences
  • Amount of financial support offered on admission to the graduate program
  • Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience)
  • Employment evaluations
  • Number of base units already received to ensure sufficient teaching-related experience in applicant’s field

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 specific information please refer to the TSSU Collective Agreement.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must review and understand TA requirements for all courses 
  • Non-SEE graduate student applicants must submit a current CV and unofficial transcript (not co-op transcript) at the time of application
  • Applicants will be asked to indicate their course preferences at time of application 
  • Applicants must declare in their TA Application Form if they will be away for more than one week in the TA appointment term. This will NOT be used to deny their application or alter their priority.
  • SEE graduate students must use their SFU computing ID and password to login to the application system

Please ensure that you review the course calendar entry and course outline and course schedules for details about each course. All TAs must be available in-person for the duration of the semester and/or appointment dates. This includes in-person attendance at specified labs, tutorials, mid-term(s), final exam, marking sessions, etc. for the semester.

Application Process

ALL steps must be completed to be considered.

Step 1. Confirm Availability

  1. View the courses schedule and select your course(s) of interest

  2. Compare your personal academic (classes and exam)/work schedule with the undergraduate course(s) you are interested in:
    • Ensure there are no time conflicts for tutorials, labs and exam invigilation
    • Remember the location of courses is in Surrey Campus and keep commute time in mind
    • Please note that you must be both qualified and available for the course(s) you apply for
    • It is your responsibility to maintain your availability until the deadline


Step 2. Complete the Application

The TA application is delivered through a web form. Non-SEE graduate student applicants should have their resumes and unofficial transcripts (not co-op transcript) ready in PDF format to upload.

If you have any questions, please contact Yan Huang, Manager, by email to see_ta_support@sfu.ca.

TA Appointment

SEE selects and appoints TAs based on criteria and principles in compliance with Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union.

Successful candidates will be notified by email with an offer indicating Base Unit assignments and a specific deadline for acceptance or rejection. Please read in its entirety before accepting the TA offer.

If you are NOT in the SFU payroll system, there are important documents that you have to submit. SEE is UNABLE to process your appointment until these required documents are received within the time period specified.

Canadian candidates must submit:

  1. TD1 BC Tax Credit Form
  2. TD1 Federal Tax Credit Form
  3. Personal Data Form
  4. A void cheque OR a direct deposit form (you can request from your bank)

International candidates must submit:

  1. TD1 BC Tax Credit Form
  2. TD1 Federal Tax Credit Form
  3. Personal Data Form
  4. A void cheque OR a direct deposit form (you can request from your bank)
  5. Study/Work Permit (valid for entire term you are applying for)
  6. SIN Document (must be valid for entire term you’re applying for)

Please note that if your appointment is conditional, changes may occur from your acceptance of the TA offer until the 4th week of classes. If you receive a revised offer, please respond within the time period specified.

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.

Policies

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

Privacy
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.