Teaching Assistants, Biology

University of Saskatchewan


The Department of Biology, College of Arts and Scienceinvites applications for a Teaching Assistant for the following courses during the 2022-2023 Winter (T2) session:

Course Name, Course Abbreviation & Number: Biology 120 (The Nature of Life), 121 (The Diversity of Life), 222 (The Living Plant), 224 (Animal Body Systems), 226 (Genes to Genomics), 302 (Evolutionary Processes), 324 (Plants and Human Affairs), 345 (Introductory Plant Pathology), 361 (Vertebrate Biology), 373 (Community Ecology), 420 (Molecular Biology of Plants), 430 (Neurobiology of Behaviour), 455 (Mammal Diversity and Evolution), 458 (Ornithology), 472 (Animal Behaviour), Palaeobiology 230 (On the Origin and Life of Animals)

Rate of Pay: Please see current rates of pay here

Required Number of Hours: 48-80 hours during the academic term, hours vary with assignment

Duration of Employment: 2022-2023 Winter (T2) session

Start Date & End Date: Within 4 Jan 2023 to 29 Apr 2023

Duties: In the appointment of Teaching Assistant, your general duties and responsibilities may be as follows:

  • Preparing and demonstrating laboratory material, setting up experiments, marking, invigilating examinations, delivering briefings, supervising field trips, moderating discussion boards, hosting virtual meetings via WebEx/Zoom, and conferring with the Supervisor in charge as required by the assignment; other duties as required

General Qualifications (Skills and Abilities)
Education: Strong fundamentals in general biological concepts. Academic standing will be taken into account.

Experience: Recent experience as a TA in Biology or in the specific course is an asset; prior experience taking the course is an asset.

Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to take direction; effective time management; ability to work independently and as a team; ability to instruct a large group of students; effective at troubleshooting; proficiency with using internet browsers and the Microsoft suite of programs (Word© , Excel© , PowerPoint©) ; experience with Canvas is an asset.

Course Specific Qualifications: In addition to the general skills and abilities outlined above, individual courses have the following skill and ability qualifications.





Biology 120

Biol 226 or equivalent

Microscopy experience is an asset

Biology 121

Any introductory Biology course

Microscopy experience is an asset

Biology 222

Biology or Botany courses

Microscopy is an asset

Biology 224

Biology or Physiology courses

LabScribe/iWorx experience is an asset

Biology 226

Any introductory Genetics course covering Mendelian Genetics

Biology 302

Population Genetics/Evolution

Scientific Writing


Biology 324

Botany, Plant Taxonomy, Morphology, and Anatomy

Research in Botany and Plant Biology is an asset

Biology 345

Botany, Genetics, Plant Pathology or Microbiology

Biology 361

Physiology/Anatomy is an asset

Biology 373


Biology 420

Molecular Genetics is an asset

Biology 430

Animal Physiology, Neurophysiology, or Neuroethology; Working knowledge of insect neuroethology preferred

Neural recordings

Biology 455

Mammal Diversity and Evolution is an asset

Biology 458

Ornithology is an asset

Biology 472

Animal Behaviour is an asset

Research in Animal Behaviour is an asset

Palaeobiology 230

Fundamental and advanced invertebrate animal evolution and body structure

To Apply:

  • Complete the application form found athttps://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/S8MZ2LL .
  • Send your CV, academic transcripts, and academic timetable to [email protected] .
  • Submit your application no later than January 4th, 2023. Positions will likely be filled before the closing date.

    Inquiries for this position can be directed to [email protected] .

    Preference will be given to graduate students in the Department of Biology with scholarships requiring teaching service hours.

    Where a graduate student is appointed to this position, it will be in-scope of PSAC.

    Department: Biology
    Status: Term
    Employment Group: Graduate Students – PSAC
    Rate of Pay: Current rates of pay
    Posted Date: 12/5/2022
    Closing Date: 1/4/2023
    Number of Openings: Multiple
    Work Location: On Campus

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    The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

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