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.

Spring 2023 - SEE463 TA Reposting

Opening Date: Thursday November 24, 2022 @ 9:00am
Closing Date: Wednesday November 30, 2022 @ 9:00am

Course List

Course Position Instructor Location Appointment Duration
SEE 111 TA Molly McVey Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023
SEE 222 TA Manpreet Kaur Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023
SEE 224 TA Mehran Ahmadi Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023
SEE 225 TA Gordon McTaggart-Cowan  Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023
SEE 231 TA Amir Shabani Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023
SEE 242 TA Molly McVey  Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023
SEE 251 TA Mahda Jahromi Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023
SEE 402 TA Mina Xu Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023
SEE 411 TA Zafar Adeel Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023
*Repost SEE 463 TA Amir Shabani Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023
SEE 475 TA Sami Khan Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023
SEE 476 TA Mahda Jahromi Surrey Jan 2-Apr 28, 2023

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 463 – Embedded Computer Systems – Amir Shabani

Required skills:

  • Demonstrated experience with a computer programming language (C++, Python) 
  • Demonstrated experience with Input/Output interfacing and microcontroller/microprocessor/ PLC
  • Demonstrated experience with electronic-based systems
  • Demonstrated experience with analog and digital signals 
  • Demonstrated experience with feedback-based control systems
  • Knowledge of Embedded Systems Hardware and Software
  • Ability to work with students and troubleshoot their circuits and their codes 
  • Ability to prepare content, conduct tutorial, and labs, and assess students’ work

SEE 111- Integrated Energy Solution I – Molly McVey

Required skills:

  • Technical presentation and technical report writing experience and ability to give constructive feedback on student presentations and reports.
  • Demonstrated experience applying engineering design steps and risk analysis, life cycle assessment, and sustainable design in engineering applications
  • Prior experience in working with teams/groups in a project-based course
  • Knowledge and preferably experience of 3D printing and machine shop equipment (e.g. hand tools, lathe, milling machine).
  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures

SEE 222 – Engineering Materials for Energy Systems – Manpreet Kaur

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Experience conducting mechanical testing of materials and associated equipment for lab experiments
  • Knowledge of CES Edupack software for material selection is an asset
  • Prior experience in similar lab-based courses

SEE 224 – Thermodynamics for Energy Engineering – Mehran Ahmadi 

Required skills:

  • Ability to conduct lab experiments
  • Lab safety knowledge and awareness and completed safety training for the laboratory
  • Experience of setting up the instrument, operating safely, and collecting data (need to run labs)
  • Demonstrated ability to apply thermodynamic concepts, e.g., equilibrium, properties, internal energy enthalpy, entropy, 1st and 2nd laws of Thermodynamics, cycles, mixtures, etc
  • Deep knowledge of Fluid Mechanics and Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Technical report writing experience

Bonus Skills:

  • Prior TA experience in Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat and Mass Transfer.  

SEE 225 – Fluid Mechanics – Gordon McTaggart-Cowan 

Required skills:

  • General lab safety knowledge and awareness
  • Experience setting up and conducting flow, pressure, and temperature measurements in a laboratory or industrial/field setting
  • Experience in preparing and interpreting process and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID)
  • Demonstrated ability to apply basic fluid mechanics concepts (e.g. Bernoulli’s equation, losses in piping systems, lift and drag calculations, pump sizing) in representative applications
  • Successful completion of at least one advanced (senior undergraduate or post-graduate) course in applied fluid mechanics or equivalent experience

SEE 231 – Electronic Devices and Systems – Amir Shabani

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures
  • Proficiency in electronic circuit analysis, amplifier models and gain/power calculation
  • Demonstrated experience with multi-channel scopes, BJTs, FETs, OpAmps etc
  • Demonstrated experience in measuring the responses of transistor amplifier circuits to applied signals using oscilloscope and/or simulation programs like PSpice/SIMULINK
  • Good understanding of actuators and sensor interfacing needs
  • At least one advanced course in electronic circuits completed at the senior undergraduate / graduate level, or equivalent

SEE 242 – Computational Methods of Engineers – Molly McVey

Required skills:

  • Knowledge and experience with engineering software tool, MATLAB 
  • Equivalent numerical analysis course completed in undergraduate studies with demonstrated knowledge of numerical methods including applications for root-finding, solving linear systems of equations, integration and differentiation, optimization, error estimation, and solving ODEs.
  • Ability to prepare and lead lab sessions focused on numerical analysis with MATLAB and assist students in developing MATLAB skills

SEE 251 – Electric Machines and Energy Conversion – Mahda Jahromi

Required skills:

  • At least one advanced course on Electric Machines and/or AC systems must have been completed at the senior undergraduate / graduate level at the time of application
  • Flexibility with student assignments, lab manual design/editing and tutoring.  
  • Working knowledge on electric/power lab safety practices and protocols
  • Knowledge of:
    - 3-phase circuits and Y/Δ wiring configurations 
    - Single and 3-phase transformers
    - AC (Induction) & DC machines operation principles, Analysis and Testing procedures 
  • Working experience with LabVolt equipment is an asset 

SEE 402 – Engineering Ethics & Practice– Mina Xu

Required skills:

  • Successful completion of a course in engineering profession, law and ethics, and the engineers' responsibility to society in a Canadian setting or equivalent
  • Ability to lead group discussions
  • Experience providing constructive feedback and evaluation of written reports

SEE 411 – Sustainable Energy Design Project II – Zafar Adeel

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of, and preferably experience in, engineering design 
  • Knowledge of lab safety practices and safe work procedures in lab/workshop
  • Experience in supporting teamwork and project-based coursework or equivalent
  • Preferable: prior TA experience in capstone courses 

SEE 475 – Special Topic in SEE – Carbon Capture Engineering – Sami Khan

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of transport processes, chemical reactor design and chemical kinetics
  • Successful completion of at least one relevant course in process engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level (unit operations, separation processes, reaction engineering, catalytic reactor design, process dynamics and control)
  • Experience working with Aspen (or similar process simulation software) is a plus
  • Experience working with AutoCAD (or similar drawing software for process diagrams) is a plus
  • Experience in Python, R, C++ or any similar coding language is a plus
  • Familiarity with mass and energy balances, equipment sizing (pumps, heat exchangers) and process flow diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams

SEE 476 – Special Topic in SEE – Mahda Jahromi

Required skills:

  • Students with electrical or mechanical engineering background who have TA experience on courses like SEE 251, SEE 332 and SEE 352 are preferred
  • Flexibility with student assignments, lab manual design/editing and tutoring.
  • Working knowledge on electric safety practices and protocols
  • Knowledge of AC machines and any type of Renewable Energy System (wind, solar, tidal, fuel cell, etc.) is an asset 
  • Working experience with LabVolt and Energy lab equipment is an asset 

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.

The term of a TA appointment shall normally be seventeen (17) weeks from the beginning of a semester and in accordance with the University’s payroll schedule. Payroll schedules can be found on the SFU HR website. Your salary information can be accessed through SFU MyInfo.

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.

TA Appointment Reviews and Evaluations

Important milestones to note about your TA appointment:

  1. First week of Class - Time Use Guidelines (TUG): Completed by the Course Supervisor in consultation with TAs to establish the required duties and responsibilities for the appointment.  Course supervisors should also review evaluation criteria with TAs.
  2. Before the end of Week 5 of the semester - TA Workload Review: To be conducted by the course supervisor in consultation with TAs to ensure workload hours remaining is sufficient for the completion of the course. TA Workload Reviews are mandatory for all TAs. 
  3. Throughout the semester – The Course Supervisor should be in constant communication and reviewing TA’s work progress.
  4. End of the semester - TA evaluations: There will be two types of evaluations of TA performance. Both will be added to a TA’s employment file once the TA has had an opportunity to review and discuss the evaluation with their supervisor and provide comments no later than the end of the first week of classes of the following semester.

a) Evaluation by students of the course. Sample student evaluation.
b) Evaluation by the course supervisor. Sample Evaluation form. Course supervisors must review evaluation criteria with their TAs at the beginning of the semester, i.e. upon commencement of TA duties (ref. TSSU Collective Agreement - Art. XVIII A.).

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.



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