TA Applications

Apply to be a Teaching Assistant

Completed applications should be submitted no later than April 30. Applications will be accepted after the deadline until all positions are filled but, other considerations being equal, candidates who applied before the deadline will be given preferred status.

Requirements

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
    • Must have been completed in the last 4 years
  2. Floor Warden Training
    • Must have been completed in the last 4 years
  3. New Worker Safety Training
    • Must have been completed once in an uninterrupted period of employment at UBC, or
    • Must have been completed in the last 4 years
  4. WHMIS Course
    • Must have been completed in the last 4 years
    • Requirement is waived if you have a completion certificate for the Laboratory Chemical Safety course

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

Duties

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.

Apply

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.

 

Teaching Assistant Application for 2016W

  • Applicant Information

  • Degree Program Information

  • Undergraduate students or students in a coursework option, please enter N/A in the field below.
  • Undergraduate students or students in a coursework option, please enter N/A in the field below.
  • Course Selection & Related Experience

  • Please see the UBC Academic Calendar (http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/courses.cfm?code=MECH) for full MECH course descriptions.
    (Please note that you may be offered a job that includes a combination of these duties, and that all positions may need to invigilate a course during the exam period.)
    For more information on eligibility, please see the CUPE 2278 collective agreement at http://cupe2278.ca/documents-and-information/collective-agreement/ and the G+PS website at https://www.grad.ubc.ca/current-students/managing-your-program/student-service-appointments.
  • Drop files here or
    Note that any information uploaded in this field is supplementary and does NOT replace any of the fields in this form. Applicants must still complete the above questions about experience, as not all faculty members may look at the CV or Cover Letter.
  • Drop files here or
    Link to online course can be found at http://www.riskmanagement.ubc.ca/courses. Completion of this course is required to be eligible to TA courses in Mechanical Engineering. Note that if you have previously completed the course within the last 4 years, you do not have to repeat it, but you must upload your completion certificate as proof of completion.
  • Drop files here or
    Link to online course can be found at http://www.riskmanagement.ubc.ca/courses. Completion of this course is required to be eligible to TA courses in Mechanical Engineering. Note that if you have previously completed the course within the last 4 years, you do not have to repeat it, but you must upload your completion certificate as proof of completion.
  • Drop files here or
    Link to online course can be found at http://www.riskmanagement.ubc.ca/courses. Completion of this course is required to be eligible to TA courses in Mechanical Engineering. Note that if you have previously completed the course and have had uninterrupted employment with UBC since completion, you do not have to repeat it, but you must upload your completion certificate as proof of completion. Otherwise, applicants must have completed the course within the last 4 years.
  • Drop files here or
    Link to online course can be found at http://www.riskmanagement.ubc.ca/courses. Completion of this course is required to be eligible to TA courses in Mechanical Engineering. Note that if you have previously completed the course within the last 4 years, you do not have to repeat it, but you must upload your completion certificate as proof of completion. This requirement is waived for students who have completed the "Laboratory Chemical Safety" Course in the past 4 years, and they should upload their completion certificate of the Laboratory Chemical Safety Course instead.