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.

Sessional Instructor Postings

There are no Sessional Instructor (SI) postings in Physics for the upcoming 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

Teaching Assistant Postings: Spring 2023 (1231)

Physics Teaching Assistant hiring priorities

REPOST:  A 3.67 BU TAship is available in PHYS 234 (Burnaby) for the spring 2023 term

Application deadline: Thursday, January 12, 2023 (4:00PM)

Appointment period: January 3 - April 28, 2023

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Note:

  • You are expected to be available for the entire appointment period.
  • You require a valid work or study permit and SIN to work as a TA.
  • Please check course times for conflicts with your schedule prior to applying.
  • Please visit the Department of Physics course page for course outlines.

This posting is subject to change and is conditional on final enrollments. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only successful candidates will be contacted.

How to Apply

Application deadline: January 12, 2023 at 4:00 pm

To apply:

  • Login to the Physics TA Application website using your SFU computing ID.
    • If you do not have an SFU computing ID, contact physinfo@sfu.ca for login information.
  • If you are not an SFU Physics grad student, please upload a CV, an academic transcript showing physics courses completed, and a schedule of availability.
  • Select only the courses you are willing and able to TA. Note that some TA appointments are located at the Surrey campus.

Note:

  • By applying for a TA appointment, you indicate your availability for the entire appointment period.
  • Requests for leaves are covered in Article 27 of the TSSU Collective Agreement. You must discuss any planned absences with the course instructor in advance, who will determine if an exception is possible.
  • If you are taking courses or have other restrictions on your time, please contact the course instructor before applying to ensure you are available when the job requires.
  • TA positions in Physics could include: attending lectures; instructing one or more tutorials; instructing one or more laboratories of 2-4 hours in length.
  • TAs and TMs must be available to invigilate exams and TMs must be able to collect and return exams and course work to SFU's Burnaby campus.

TA QUALIFICATIONS

All successful applicants must demonstrate completion of the required safety training prior to the start of the course. Safety training requirements for each course are listed here. Retraining is not required if certification is still valid.

https://www.sfu.ca/science/covid-policies/safety/safety-training.html

All Courses

Sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material; successful completion of the Department’s TA training workshop; competency in oral and written English.

Lower Division Lab and Studio Courses

Physics 101 (Surrey only), 102 (Surrey only), 132, 133, 140, 141, 190, 233, 234

A bachelor's or master's degree in Physics. PHYS 233 and PHYS 234 require strong understanding of Python fundamentals with experience with NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib. 

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. PHYS 233 and PHYS 234 require strong understanding of Python fundamentals with experience with NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib. 

Lower Division Lectures with TA-led Tutorials

Physics 100, 101, 102, 120, 121, 211, 255, 285

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 undergraduate physics lecture courses covering material through intermediate mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics AND demonstrated teaching ability as an instructor or teaching assistant in a post-secondary physics course.

Lower Division, Marking Only

A background in physics including successful completion of undergraduate physics lecture courses covering material through intermediate mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics.

Upper Division Lectures with TA-led Tutorials

Physics 321, 344, 384, 385, 395, 421, 445

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 395 requires strong understanding of Python fundamentals with experience with NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib. 

Upper Division, Marking Only

A background in physics including successful completion of upper division undergraduate quantum mechanics, mathematical methods and electromagnetism courses. PHYS 391 requires Python knowledge.

Physics 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 Python; excellent scientific writing skills.

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
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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.