Teaching Assistantship Opportunities

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. 

Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) welcomes qualified graduate and undergraduate students to apply for Teaching Assistant (TA) positions for SEE courses. Students must apply/reapply and be selected for TA positions each term.
 

SEE TA Application

Opening Date: Monday June 27, 2022 @ 9:00m
Closing Date: Monday July 11, 2022 @ 9:00am

Course List
 

Course Position Instructor Location Appointment Duration
SEE 100 TA Molly McVey Surrey Sept 5-Dec 30
SEE 101W TA Vivian Neal Surrey Sept 5-Dec 30
SEE 110 TA Taco Niet Surrey Sept 5-Dec 30
SEE 325 TA Vahid Hosseini  Surrey Sept 5-Dec 30
SEE 333 TA Amir Shabani Surrey Sept 5-Dec 30
SEE 410W TA Zafar Adeel  Surrey Sept 5-Dec 30
SEE 464 TA Mehran Ahmadi Surrey Sept 5-Dec 30
SEE 475 TA Molly McVey Surrey Sept 5-Dec 30

All SEE courses are scheduled for in-person delivery. TAs are expected to be available for in-person activities for the duration of their appointments.

Job Description

  • TAs must be available for tutorials, labs, office hours, invigilation and marking of midterms and finals, where applicable
  • For courses with tutorials, prepare for each tutorial, facilitate and/or lead tutorials and perform all related duties required for effective conduct of the tutorial
  • For course with labs, have experience reviewing and assessing laboratory reports for written quality and technical accuracy, be willing to proactively assist students and be able to provide constructive written or oral feedback on work submitted by students in the course. Most courses include marking and require the ability to provide constructive written feedback on work submitted by students
  • TAs are expected to hold office hours for some courses which require the ability to assist students with understanding course material and assignment requirements

TA Requirements

General Requirements:

  • Applicants must have sufficient written and one-to-one oral communications skills in order to support students and instructors throughout the semester whether in-person or by email
  • Applicants must have sufficient time management and organizational skills – this is of particular concern for courses with tutorials or labs
  • Applicants must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material and competency in oral and written English

Education Requirements:

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in engineering or an equivalent post-secondary degree from a recognized institution OR demonstrated industry experience specific to the course(s) applied for. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material and pre-requisites in order to provide optimum TA support for students and course instructors.
  • Applicants can be senior undergraduate students who have a better than average overall CGPA who can demonstrate competence through courses taken. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge in the discipline of the course to interpret the course material and pre-requisites in order to provide optimum TA support for students and course instructors.

Specific Course Requirements:

SEE 100 - Engineering Graphics and Software for Design – Molly McVey

Required skills:

  • Good communication skills, patient, and eager to assist students with no or minimal knowledge of CAD software
  • Deep knowledge of engineering graphics and drawing, e.g. isometric, multi-view sketches, section view, and auxiliary views, tolerance and dimension, etc
  • Practical knowledge of SolidWorks

SEE 101W – Process, Form and Convention in Professional Genres – Vivian Neal

Required skills:

  • Strong command of technical writing, including writing for clarity, conciseness and criticality
  • Good knowledge of Canadian English language writing conventions
  • Knowledge of persuasive writing, especially creating cohesive arguments
  • Strong skills in facilitating group discussion
  • Experience giving analytical, constructive and empowering feedback, in person and in writing

SEE 110 – Energy, Environment and Society – Taco Niet

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of energy systems and sustainability concepts as applied in an engineering design context
  • Ability to lead group discussions on challenging/controversial topics
  • Good communications skills

SEE 325 – Mechanical Design and Finite Element Analysis – Vahid Hosseini

Required skills:

  • Good communication skills, patient, and eager to assist students with no or minimal knowledge of software
  • Knowledge of engineering graphics and drawing, e.g. isometric, multi-view sketches, section view, and auxiliary views, tolerance and dimension, etc
  • Practical knowledge of SolidWorks or any other 3D engineering graphic software
  • Strong knowledge and background in theory and practice of finite element analyses
  • Strong skills in the development of finite element models of structure (1D, 2D, 3D) in ANSYS mechanical.
  • Background in strength of material and static
  • Familiar with troubleshooting of ANSYS mechanical FEA models for solid body motion, deformation, and stress errors
  • Ability to lecture, train, and supervise students in a 2-hous long computer-based laboratory
  • Availability to help students in the project/assignment deadlines

SEE 333 – Network and Communication Systems – Amir Shabani

Required skills:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Good understanding of computer networking and data communication including different networking protocols and ISO layers
  • Familiar with Python/C++ programming language
  • Familiarity with any embedded system design and programming (e.g., raspberry pi) is a plus
  • Familiarity with any networking simulator software (e.g., packet tracer) is a plus
  • At least one advanced course in networking completed at the senior undergraduate / graduate level, or equivalent

SEE 410W – Sustainable Energy Design Project I – Zafar Adeel

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of, and preferably experience in, engineering design
  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and experience in supporting teamwork
  • Preferable: prior TA experience in capstone courses

SEE 464 – Energy System Modelling for Buildings – Mehran Ahmadi

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, and Fluid Mechanics topics
  • General knowledge of HVAC, and building mechanical and hot water systems
  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Knowledge of technical communication, specifically technical writing

Bonus Skills:

  • General knowledge of building sciences or building envelope
  • Knowledge of building energy modeling platforms such as IESVE, Design Builder, eQUEST, EnergyPlus, or similar (IESVE is preferred)

SEE 475 – Special Topic in SEE – Molly McVey

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of Life Cycle Assessment and modelling
  • Ability to lead project teams through modelling challenges
  • Knowledge of technical communication and ability to provide feedback on project deliverables including written technical reports.
  • Experience providing constructive feedback to students in person and in writing

Bonus Skills:

  • General knowledge of building science and/or green building concepts
  • Knowledge of LCA for buildings, including use of Athena Impact Estimator.

Appointment Priorities

Priority for appointment/reappointment as a TA is in accordance with Article XIII of the Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU).

Per section XIII F3. 1(a), priority must be given to applicants in the following order:

  1. Graduate students registered in SEE
  2. Graduate students registered in other departments
  3. Undergraduate or external students

In allocating TA positions, SEE will also take into account the following:

  • Instructor requests
  • Applicant’s preferences
  • Amount of financial support offered on admission to the graduate program
  • Suitability for particular courses (e.g. discipline of prior degree(s), publications, experience)
  • Employment evaluations
  • Number of base units already received to ensure sufficient teaching-related experience in applicant’s field

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. For specific information please refer to the TSSU Collective Agreement.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must review and understand TA requirements for all courses 
  • Applicants must have completed SFU EHS Safety Essentials (formerly General Lab Safety) training and submit a valid certificate of completion
  • International applicants must submit a copy of their Study/Work Permit that is valid for the entire semester for which they are applying
  • Non-SEE graduate student applicants must submit a current CV and unofficial transcript (not co-op transcript) at the time of application
  • Applicants will be asked to indicate their course preferences at time of application 
  • Applicants must declare in their TA Application Form if they will be available for the entire TA appointment semester. This will NOT be used to deny their application or alter their priority.
  • SEE graduate students must use their SFU computing ID and password to login to the application system

Please ensure that you review the course calendar entry and course outline and course schedules for details about each course. All TAs must be available in-person for the duration of the semester and/or appointment dates. This includes in-person attendance at specified labs, tutorials, mid-term(s), final exam, marking sessions, etc. for the semester.

Application Process

ALL steps must be completed to be considered.

Step 1. Confirm Availability

  1. View the courses schedule and select your course(s) of interest

  2. Compare your personal academic (classes and exam)/work schedule with the undergraduate course(s) you are interested in:
    • Ensure there are no time conflicts for tutorials, labs and exam invigilation
    • Remember the location of courses is in Surrey Campus and keep commute time in mind
    • Please note that you must be both qualified and available for the course(s) you apply for
    • It is your responsibility to maintain your availability until the deadline


Step 2. Complete the Application

The TA application is delivered through a web form. Non-SEE graduate student applicants should have their resumes and unofficial transcripts (not co-op transcript) ready in PDF format to upload.

If you have any questions, please contact Yan Huang, Manager, by email to see_ta_support@sfu.ca.

TA Appointment

SEE selects and appoints TAs based on criteria and principles in compliance with Collective Agreement with the Teaching Support Staff Union.

Successful candidates will be notified by email with an offer indicating Base Unit assignments and a specific deadline for acceptance or rejection. Please read in its entirety before accepting the TA offer.

If you are NOT in the SFU payroll system, there are important documents that you have to submit. SEE is UNABLE to process your appointment until these required documents are received within the time period specified.

Canadian candidates must submit:

  1. TD1 BC Tax Credit Form
  2. TD1 Federal Tax Credit Form
  3. Personal Data Form
  4. A void cheque OR a direct deposit form (you can request from your bank)

International candidates must submit:

  1. TD1 BC Tax Credit Form
  2. TD1 Federal Tax Credit Form
  3. Personal Data Form
  4. A void cheque OR a direct deposit form (you can request from your bank)
  5. Study/Work Permit (valid for entire term you are applying for)
  6. SIN Document (must be valid for entire term you’re applying for)

Please note that if your appointment is conditional, changes may occur from your acceptance of the TA offer until the 4th week of classes. If you receive a revised offer, please respond within the time period specified.

Resources for TAs

The following links will help you get your medical coverage and other benefits, as well as help you learn how to become a better TA.

Policies

Equity

The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. (See Policy GP 19.)

Privacy

The information submitted with your application is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468, s. 27(4)(a)), applicable federal and provincial employment regulations and requirements, the University's non-academic employment policies and applicable collective agreements.

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.