Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 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.

Useful Link for TA positions

MBB Teaching Assistantships – Summer 2021

The online application is now closed.

Applicants are expected to be available for the entire term of the contract which is May 10, 2021 – August 27, 2021. You will need your student number and will be asked to upload a PDF of your CV and transcripts. We thank all applicants for their interest however, only successful applicants will be contacted.

Qualifications for TA positions in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry include 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.

Course instructors will receive a list of applicants interested in TAing their course and will have access to any CV or transcript you upload. Instructors will rank applicants based on their qualifications. Individual instructors may require an interview via telephone, email and/or in person in order to assess your qualifications. 

Note: If an MBB graduate student applies to TA they are considered to have applied to all available TA positions in MBB for the given semester. If you only wish to be considered for particular courses, please state this in the comments section.

If you have questions about applying for an MBB TAship, please contact Christine Beauchamp  If you have questions about the online application system, please contact


* MBB 308 may require face-to-face instruction. If you do not wish to be considered for this appointment, please indicate that in the comments section of your application. If you have concerns about the safety measures for face to face instruction, please review the resources available on the website: . A University approved, department specific safety plan will be provided to all those required to work on campus.

Sessional Instructor Opportunities, Summer 2021


Burnaby Campus

The following Sessional appointment is expected to be available in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry during the SUMMER 2021 SEMESTER (May 12, 2021 to August 9, 2021).

Sessional Instructor

MBB 231-3      Cellular Biology and Biochemistry

                          Salary: $6681

                          3 hrs. lecture – REMOTE LEARNING

                           Lectures: M/W/F 11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Course description: A study of the molecular processes which underlie cell structure and function, integrating ultrastructural, physiological and biochemical approaches. Modern techniques used in the analysis of organelle and cell function are integral parts of the course. Prerequisite: MBB 222, BISC 101, CHEM 281 with grades of C- or better. Corequisite or Prerequisite: CHEM 282 or CHEM 283.

Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in Cell or Molecular Biology or related discipline. A strong working knowledge in the areas of cell membranes, transport processes, the endomembrane system, cytoskeleton and signal transduction. Previous experience teaching upper division MBB courses.

Recommended qualifications: Post-doctoral experience.

To apply, please prepare a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single file in portable document format (PDF). Complete the on-line application form and submit the prepared PDF package at

If you have questions, please contact: Dr. Ingrid Northwood at

Closing date for applications is MARCH 30, 2021

Resources for TAs/TMs/Sessionals

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