MBB Teaching Assistantships – SPRING 2023

The online application system for Spring 2023 is now closed.

Applicants are expected to be available for the entire term of the contract which is January 3 – April 28, 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. “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

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 1231 (Spring 2023)


Data Analysis for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Dr. S. Sneddon


Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Dr. M. Paetzel


Cellular Biology & Biochemistry

Dr. I. Northwood


Biochemistry Lab

Dr. I. Kovalyova


Intermediary Metabolism

Dr. I. Northwood


Molecular Physiology

Dr. J. Choy


Intro to Physical Biochemistry

Dr. J. Thewalt


Intro to the Immune System

Dr. N. van Houten


Microbial Pathogenesis

Dr. A. Lee


Molecular Biology

Dr. P. Unrau


Introductory Genomics and Bioinformatics

Dr. F. Brinkman


Immune Responses in Health and Disease

Dr. M. Brockman


Human Molecular Genetics

Dr. E. Verheyen



Dr. S. Sneddon


Molecular Biology of Cancer

Dr. S. Gorski


From Genome to System

Dr. F. Pio

MBB 465/669

Cancer Genomics

Dr. R. Morin

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.