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.

Please click here for a late Summer 2020 posting.
Application deadline: July 31st, 2020.

Please click here for Fall 2020 postings. Application deadline: July 13th, 2020.

There are no Sessional Instructor (SI) postings in Physics for the Fall 2020 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

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, 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 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.

LATE POSTING - SUMMER 2020 - PHYSICS

This posting is for a compressed, in-person offering of PHYS 133 in the Summer 2020 term. The course will be delivered in 5, 4-hour lab sessions during the week of August 24-28. TA duties will include in-person prep during the week prior to the course (August 17-24) and in-person lab support and marking during the week of the course.

This appointment will require face-to-face instruction. 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, course-specific safety plan will be provided to all those required to work on campus.

Course
Title Campus Instructor Position Course Components #TAs BUs per TA
PHYS 133
Physics Laboratory II
BURNABY - IN-PERSON DELIVERY Frisken TA Lab 1
2.17

TA Appointment Process for Late Summer 2020 Posting

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE SUMMER 2020 PHYS 133 LATE POSTING:

JULY 31, 2020

Please contact physmgr@sfu.ca by the deadline date to apply for the late Summer 2020 posting.

ESTIMATED TA REQUIREMENTS - FALL 2020 - PHYSICS

Total numbers of TAs and expected base units are based on historical enrollment data and subject to change.

Some appointments will require face-to-face instruction. If you do not wish to be considered for these appointments, 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: 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.

Courses requiring face-to-face instruction are those for which "BURNABY - IN PERSON DELIVERY" is indicated under the "Campus" heading below.

Course
Title Campus Instructor Position Course Components #TAs BUs per TA
PHYS 100
Introduction to Physics
Remote Chen TA Tutorial 4-5 5.17
PHYS 101 Physics for the Life Sciences I
Remote Emberly/Watkins TA Tutorial 3-4 5.17
PHYS 102 Physics for the Life Sciences II Remote Forde/Stelzer TA Tutorial 3-4 5.17
PHYS 120 Mechanics & Modern Physics Remote Girt/Sonier TA Tutorial 3-4 5.17
PHYS 125 Mechanics & Special Relativity Remote Vetterli TA Tutorial 1 2.17
PHYS 132 Physics Laboratory I Remote Alberding/Girt TA Lab 4-5 4.17
PHYS 190 Introduction to Astronomy Remote Johnson/Woo TA Lab 2-3 4.17-5.17
PHYS 233 Physics Laboratory III BURNABY - IN PERSON DELIVERY Frisken TA Lab 2 4.17
PHYS 255 Vibrations & Waves Remote Ahrensmeier TA Tutorial 1 3.17
PHYS 326 Electronics & Instrumentation BURNABY - IN PERSON DELIVERY McGuirk TA Lab 1 3.17
PHYS 344 Thermal Physics Remote Kavanagh TA Tutorial 1 3.17
PHYS 347 Introduction to Biological Physics Remote Forde TA Tutorial 1 2.17
PHYS 384 Methods of Theoretical Physics I Remote Pogosian TA Tutorial 1 3.17
PHYS 385 Quantum Mechanics I Remote Woo TA Tutorial 1 3.17
PHYS 413 Advanced Mechanics Remote Herbut TA Tutorial 1 2.17
PHYS 421 Electromagnetic Waves Remote Mun TA Tutorial 1 2.17

TA Appointment Process

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE FALL 2020 TERM:  

JULY 13, 2020

All applicants should apply by submitting the on-line Physics TA application form by the application deadline date (July 13, 2020 for positions in the Fall 2020 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:

Appointment dates for the Fall 2020 term are August 28th through December 24th, 2020. By applying for a TA position you indicate your availability for the entire appointment period. Requests for leaves are covered in the TSSU Collective Agreement Article XXV.

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 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 2020 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

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.