TA Applications 2017W

Apply to be a Teaching Assistant


Applicants must meet the following criteria when applying for a Teaching Assistant position:

  • Have a valid Study permit for the duration of the appointment
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number for the duration of the appointment
  • Is a registered full time student for the semester

Applicants must be full-time students currently registered in a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD program, or must have been accepted into one of these programs to begin in September (with no provisional acceptance). Priority for Teaching Assistant appointments will be given to Masters students who have not exceeded two teaching years and to PhD students who have not exceeded five teaching years.

All applicants are required to complete the following UBC Risk Management online courses to be eligible to apply for TA positions in MECH. Completion certificates must be uploaded in order for the application form to be complete. Note that TAs being offered specific lab positions may be required to complete further online training upon acceptance of the TA position.

  1. Preventing and Addressing Bullying & Harassment Training
    1. Must have been completed in the last 4 years
  2. Floor Warden Training
    1. Must have been completed in the last 4 years
  3. New Worker Safety Orientation Training
    1. Must have been completed once in an uninterrupted period of employment at UBC, or
    2. Must have been completed in the last 4 years
  4. WHMIS Course
    1. Must have been completed in the last 4 years
    2. Requirement is waived if you have a completion certificate for the Laboratory Chemical Safety course
  5. Accident Incident Reporting & Investigation Training (NEW REQUIREMENT)
  6. Workplace Violence Prevention Training (NEW REQUIREMENT)
  7. Active Shooter Preparedness Training (NEW REQUIREMENT)
  8. Privacy Matters Fundamentals Training (NEW REQUIREMENT)

All of these safety courses can be completed online here: https://www.hse2.ubc.ca/moodle/


Although the precise duties will vary depending on the course for which an offer/appointment is made, in general TA’s can expect to perform the following duties:

  • Laboratory Assistance – providing instruction, guidance, and supervision for laboratory experiments, maintaining a safe and professional laboratory, assisting students with troubleshooting equipment, ensuring laboratory equipment and supplies are used appropriately and put away at the end of each session, marking laboratory reports.
  • Tutorial Assistance – assisting in or leading tutorial sessions, marking assignments, preparing written solutions, reviewing assignments with undergraduates.
  • Marking – marking assignments.
  • Invigilation of Exams (Mandatory) – All TAs must be available for the full exam period of the term in which they are hired as a TA. TA’s may be assigned to invigilate course(s) other those for which they TA.
  • Training (Mandatory) New TA’s and returning TA’s must participate in the TA training program and safety orientation. The training is designed to help ensure that TA’s are as successful as possible in their roles and properly oriented to our teaching labs/spaces. More information on training will be provided with your offer letter.


Be advised that Teaching Assistants at The University of British Columbia (UBC) are represented by the Canadian Union Of Public Employees Local 2278 (CUPE2278) and that a Collective Agreement between UBC and CUPE2278 is in effect. All TAs are required to join the Union as a condition of employment. The collective agreement applies to all TA contracts, and selection of TAs will be done in accordance with the requirements of the Union.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

The deadline for 2017W courses has now passed. We will be accepting applications for 2018W in April 2018.