MBB Teaching Assistantships – SUmmer 2023

Departmental guidelines for TAships are posted on the Human Resources – TSSU Job Postings Notice Board (http://www.sfu.ca/human-resources/prospective-employees/tssu-postings/science-postings/mbb-postings.html).

The online application is now closed.

Applicants are expected to be available for the entire term of the contract which is May 1 – August 26, 2023. You will need your student number and will be asked to upload a PDF of your CV and transcripts. Graduate students please make sure to include both your undergraduate and graduate 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 term. 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 at 778-782-3991 or email to mbbmas@sfu.ca.  If you have questions about the online application system, please contact bio-computing@sfu.ca.

List of Courses for which TAs may be required in 1234 (Summer 2023)


Data Analysis for Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Dr. J. Chen


Biochemistry of the Cell

Dr. F. Pio


Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Dr. E. Young


Introductory Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Lab

Dr. S. Vlachos


Cellular Biology and Biochemistry

Dr. I. Northwood


Molecular Biology Laboratory

Dr. S. Vlachos


Intro to the Immune System

Dr. I. Northwood


Molecular Biology

Dr. I. Kovalyova


Cells and the Environment

Dr. L. Quarmby


Human Genomics

Dr. S. Sneddon


Forensic Genomics

Dr. S. Sneddon


From Genome to System

Dr. F. Pio

All classes are held at the Burnaby campus

Simon Fraser University is committed to the principle of equity in employment and offers equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants.

» For full information, visit: TA postings

Departmental guidelines for Teaching Assistant (TA) positions are posted on the Human Resources - TSSU Job Postings Notice Board.

Teaching Assistant (TA) Appointment Priorities

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 consideration the following:

  • Applicant's preferences
  • Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience)
  • Employment evaluations
  • Instructor requests

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 term of appointment with a value equal to at least a 5.17 appointment, will have priority for the appointment.