Teaching Assistantships Opportunities

ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEACHING ASSISTANT POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSIOLOGY

The following jobs are posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Collective agreement. The departmental hiring policy is available in the department of Physiology Office and at the CUPE 3902 office.  It is understood that some announcements of vacancies are tentative, pending final course determinations and enrollment.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Up-to-date WHMIS & Biosafety Training is required of all TAs.

* Scroll down to bottom for full application submission details and application form * Application Deadline:  Wednesday, July 14, 2021 @ 4PM

Salaries:

The current rate of pay for a UG/SGS1/SGS11/PDF) is $46.70 all levels respectively, per hour, in accordance with the CUPE collective agreement.

  • The estimated number of positions, approximate hours of work, and dates of employment, required qualifications, and a brief description of the duties are listed below for the following courses where positions are expected to be available.
  • Actual number of positions will depend on student enrolment. Second, and where applicable, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth appointments will be offered to eligible graduate students who held previous appointments.

**Undergraduate Courses**

PSL190H: Biomedical Research at the Cutting Edge
1 positions: approximately 30 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment – 25. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $47.17 (+vacation pay)

This course allows first-year life science students to gain a greater appreciation of the science behind research and the research process. Two biomedical researchers will visit the classroom to present recent research projects from their laboratories. Each visit will be followed by a series of classes and tutorials designed to help the students understand the presentations.

Qualifications: Graduate student engaged in research in physiology

Duties: Teaching Assistants will assist with course content, office hours, and marking as required.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

PSL201Y: Basic Human Physiology
1 positions: approximately 32 hours. Fall/Winter terms. Estimated enrolment – 180. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay), Winter - $47.17 (+vacation pay)

This is an introductory physiology course focusing on the functioning of the human body and intended for students who have an interest in a Basic Human Physiology Course.

Qualifications: The TA candidate will have a strong physiological background.

Duties include monitoring the course discussion board, generating multiple-choice questions, running tutorials, proofreading test exams, invigilation and assisting with administrative duties.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

PSL280H: Introduction to Physiologic Adaptations of Marine Mammals
2 positions: approximately 40 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment – 90. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay)

This is an introductory course providing generalized systems overview of physiology and relevant anatomy with a focus on marine mammals in their aquatic environment. A systems approach will be used to highlight their unique features including senses, integument, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, urinary, and reproductive systems. The course consists of lectures and active learning sessions (lab specimens).

Qualifications: TA candidates must have BIO120/130 or equivalent and ideally have marine mammal anatomy/physiology experience and/or exposure. Up-to-date WHMIS & Biosafety Training is required of all TA. Previous TA experience is preferred.

Duties: TAs will conduct active learning sessions (lab specimens), oversee invigilation and grading tests, exams, assignments; one TA will also administer the course while another will assist with contact and help session hours and correspondence.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

PSL300H: Human Physiology I
1 positions: approximately 70 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment – 1000. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay).

PSL300H covers neurophysiology and endocrine and reproductive systems. This course is intended for students proceeding to a specialist or major degree in physiology, or for those specializing in other disciplines requiring a thorough grounding in physiological principles. The course includes tutorials after each major topic to reinforce the lecture material.

Qualifications: TA candidates will possess a strong physiological background. Teaching Assistants must be aware of course objectives and physiology to the satisfaction of the course director. The course will be delivered in a fully online format this fall.

Duties: TA duties will include running tutorials and/or help sessions, marking, assisting with the development of course materials.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

PSL304H: Topics in Cellular, Molecular and Organismic Physiology
1 position: approximately 6 hours. Fall Term, Estimate enrolment – 25. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay)

Control systems, feedback, networks, cardiovascular regulation and respiratory control are the topics examined in detail using homeostasis as a unifying theme.

Qualifications: The TA candidate will possess a strong background in physiology and will assist with the synchronous online delivery/in-person delivery of the course and additional duties as required.

Duties: the TA will help run 2 tutorials and 2 review sessions, for a total of 6 hours.

Relevant Criterion: The need to acquire experience is the more relevant criterion than previous experience in respect of this posted position.

PSL350H: Mammalian Molecular Biology
1 positions: approximately 60 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment – 140. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $47.17 (+vacation pay)

This course focuses on the application of molecular biology to disease and complex behaviors. The teaching assistant will assist the course director and oversee student help sessions throughout the term, including invigilation.

Qualifications: The TA candidate will have course experience and a sound knowledge of BIO130H/230H.

Duties: TA duties include managing student email correspondence, uploading lecture notes, organizing breakout sessions, tabulating marks, grading, and some invigilation.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

PSL372H: Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
4 positions: approximately 120 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment – 140. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay)

This is a lab course covering selected topics in physiology. Students apply a number of physiological principles on themselves and experimental animals to understand how the body works.

Qualifications: TA candidates will have completed at least one year of the physiological laboratory classes. Up-to-date WHMIS & Biosafety Training is required of all TAs.

Duties: Teaching Assistant duties will include lab demonstration, on-line teaching/in-person teaching, supervising, marking lab reports, keeping office hours, managing student email.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position

PSL372H: Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
1 positions: approximately 190 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment – 140. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay)

This is a lab course covering selected topics in physiology. Students apply a number of physiological principles on themselves and experimental animals to understand how the body works.

Qualifications: TA candidates will have extensive experience in laboratory teaching and have completed at least two years of the physiological laboratory classes. Up-to-date WHMIS & Biosafety Training is required of all TAs.

Duties: Senior Teaching Assistant duties includes course administration, organizing meetings, lab demonstration, on-line teaching/in-person teaching, supervising, marking lab reports, keeping office hours, managing student email.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position

PSL374H: Advanced Physiology Laboratory
2 positions: approximately 35 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment – 30. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $47.17 (+vacation pay)

This is an advanced laboratory course in physiology focused on the integration of organ systems to understand control mechanisms of body function. This course is designed to teach laboratory techniques, data analysis and problem solving skills. Labs will include a variety of topics which build on the experience of PSL372H course that students will be taking concurrently.

Qualifications: TA candidates will have extensive experience in laboratory teaching in physiology. Up-to-date WHMIS & Biosafety Training is required of all TAs. Previous experience on specific topics covered in the course (bioinformatics, cardiophysiology, neurophysiology (electrical recordings) and metabolism/endocrinology) is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

Duties: Teaching assistant duties will include supervising lab demonstrations, leading tutorials and demonstrations, supervising students during lab periods, evaluating reports and notes, tabulating term marks, keeping office hours virtual or in person, managing student email questions, and invigilating exams.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position

PSL420H: Reproduction - Development and Function
1 position: approximately 80 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment – 50. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay)

This course is designed to give students an in-depth review of the physiology of the reproductive system and will focus on the functions of the male and female gonads, the endocrine regulation of the reproductive system, reproductive behavior, fertilization and implantation. The course consists of 12/2 hour lectures, each dealing with a specific aspect of reproductive function.

Qualifications: The TA candidate must have taken PSL420H and possess a sound knowledge of reproductive physiology.

Duties: TA duties include keeping office hours, managing student email correspondence, maintaining the course website and administering weekly quizzes through Quercus, marking assignments and exams and running a tutorial session.

Relevant Criterion: The need to acquire experience is the more relevant criterion than previous experience in respect of this posted position

PSL421H: Pregnancy and Birth - From Implantation to Newborn Life
1 positions: approximately 50 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment – 70. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $47.17 (+vacation pay)

This course will provide a general overview of the integrated physiologic events associated with pregnancy and birth. Where appropriate, the clinical consequences of aberrant development will be reviewed.

Qualifications: The TA candidate must possess a sound knowledge of reproductive physiology. The role of the TA is to liaise with students and faculty.

Duties: Duties include managing student email correspondence, overseeing assignments, tabulating term marks, and grading. Assist in marking examination reports, assist in posting to the course website, and the downloading of teaching notes

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position

PSL432H: Theoretical Physiology

 

1 position: approximately 40 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment 13. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $47.17 (+vacation pay)

The TA must be comfortable with multivariable differential calculus and with basic concepts of neuroscience, and must have some experience with coding, ideally in Matlab, though anyone familiar with Python would be able to pick up Matlab quickly.

Qualifications: The TA should be familiar with the course material in PSL432H. The TA must be comfortable with multivariable differential calculus and with basic concepts of neuroscience, and must have some experience with coding, ideally in Matlab, though anyone familiar with Python would be able to pick up Matlab quickly.

Duties: The TA will mark 3 major assignments where students code simulations of neural control systems. The TA will also help the professor answer students' questions on email or the course discussion board.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

PSL440Y: Neuroscience: Systems & Behaviour
1 position: approximately 55 hours. Fall/Winter Terms. Estimated enrolment – 40. Rate of Pay:
UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay), Winter - $47.17 (+vacation pay)

This course describes the relationship between the brain and behavior including sensory systems (e.g., visual, somatosensory, and auditory) and motor control (body, limb and eye movements). There are also clinical neuroscience sections in the spring term on memory and memory loss, language, virtual brain models and other clinical research topics.

Qualifications: The TA candidate must possess a sound knowledge of neuroscience.

Duties: TA duties will be defined by the instructor of the course, and will include updating the course website, assisting with administering and marking tests and exams, as well as mid-term and final exam invigilation.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

PSL450H: Mechanisms of Neural and Endocrinal Secretion
1 position: approximately 20 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment – 25. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay)

The course describes exocytosis and other aspects of secretion mainly in neurons and neuroendocrine cell, but also pancreatic cells. Topics include synapse anatomy and physiology, synaptic plasma membrane and vesicle proteins.

Qualifications: The TA candidate must possess a sound knowledge of neuroscience and be familiar with the course material in PSL450H. The candidate must be meticulous and familiar with the topic of vesicular trafficking and has a strong background in molecular biology and genetics.

Duties: TA duties will include updating the course website; help the professor answer students' questions on email or on the course discussion board, assist with delivery the course, assist with administering and marking tests and exams, as well as mid-term and final exam invigilation.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

PSL472H: Sleep Physiology and Chronobiology
1 position: approximately 56 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment – 50. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $47.17 (+vacation pay)

This course provides students with current perspectives on the neurobiology of sleep and arousal state regulation including the interactions of homeostatic and circadian regulation, and the mechanistic basis for changes in physiological function across states. At all stages of the course, the integrative nature of these basic physiological processes is emphasized via discussions and clinical presentations. The goal is to bring together current perspectives from molecules and cells to understanding the sick patient.

Qualifications: The TA candidate must have taken PSL472H and/or will possess a sound knowledge of integrative physiology and neuroscience related to sleep and circadian rhythms.

Duties: TA duties will involve marking and grading assignments, a mid-term and final exam, and meeting with students for feedback with grading and/or office hours and tutorials. Some invigilation may be required.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

PSL480H: Physiological Adaptation to a Marine Environment
1 positions approximately 20 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment – 20. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay)

This specialized course will compare and contrast the physiologic and anatomical diving adaptations experienced by the different species of marine mammals in contrast to humans.

Qualifications: TA candidates will ideally have marine mammal anatomy/physiology experience/exposure or senior general systems physiology courses and previous TA experience. Teaching Assistants will assist the course director and oversee student help sessions throughout the term.

Duties will include meeting with lecturers, keeping office hours, managing student email correspondence, posting of lecture notes, moderating discussion; grading tests, exams, assignments and invigilation.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

**Graduate Course**

PSL1026H: Advanced Topics: Experimental Cell Physiology
1 positions: approximately 3-5 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrollment – 8

This course presents experimental approaches to cell physiology, with particular attention to electrical and optical recordings and how these measurements can be employed to study the intrinsic membrane properties of various cell types, and the mechanisms of cell signaling and secretion. The main objective of the course is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to understand physiological techniques commonly used in multiple fields, including neurobiology, endocrinology, cardiovascular, respiratory, developmental, and reproductive physiology. The focus is on assisting students with contemporary understanding of the principles of selected techniques and provides opportunities to participate and observe hands-on experiments.

Qualifications: TA candidates are expected to have technical expertise and understanding of the principals of patch-clamp recording techniques; the principals of brain slice preparation and field recording techniques; the principals of calcium imaging and other dynamic optical imaging; and the principles of animal models and particular human diseases.

Duties: The TA will assist with lab demonstrations.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position

**Non PSL On-Line Courses**

SCS2159: Basic Human Physiology
1 Positions: approximately 60 hours each, 1 position in each session Fall. Estimated enrollment: 60. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay)

This is an introductory physiology course for students in the functioning of the human body. It is intended for students who have an interest in or a need for a basic course in Human Physiology. The course consists of weekly on-line lectures and an active learning component consisting of laboratory simulations (which the students have purchased along with the textbook).

Qualifications: TA candidates must possess a strong physiology background, with an awareness of objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director.

Duties: TA duties include keeping virtual office hours and monitoring postings on the course discussion board.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

SCS2159: Basic Human Physiology
1 Positions: approximately 60 hours each, 1 position in each session Winter. Estimated enrollment: 60. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $47.17 (+vacation pay)

This is an introductory physiology course for students in the functioning of the human body. It is intended for students who have an interest in or a need for a basic course in Human Physiology. The course consists of weekly on-line lectures and an active learning component consisting of laboratory simulations (which the students have purchased along with the textbook).

Qualifications: TA candidates must possess a strong physiology background, with an awareness of objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director.

Duties: TA duties include keeping virtual office hours and monitoring postings on the course discussion board.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

SCS2159: Basic Human Physiology
1 Positions: approximately 60 hours each, 1 position in each session Spring. Estimated enrollment: 60. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $47.17 (+vacation pay)

This is an introductory physiology course for students in the functioning of the human body. It is intended for students who have an interest in or a need for a basic course in Human Physiology. The course consists of weekly on-line lectures and an active learning component consisting of laboratory simulations (which the students have purchased along with the textbook).

Qualifications: TA candidates must possess a strong physiology background, with an awareness of objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director.

Duties: TA duties include keeping virtual office hours and monitoring postings on the course discussion board.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

PAP113H1: Physiology for the Physician Assistant Program
1 Position: approximately 65 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment – 30. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $46.70 (+vacation pay)

This is a required introductory physiology course for students in the functioning of the human body that is intended for Physician Assistant Program students as part of their required curriculum. The course is comprised of weekly on-line lectures and an active learning component consisting of laboratory simulations (which students have purchased with the textbook).

Qualifications: TA candidates will possess a strong physiological background, with an awareness of course objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director.

Duties: TA duties include keeping virtual office hours and monitoring postings on the course discussion board.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position

PSRD120/MRS160: Physiology for Medical Radiation Science Students
1 Position: approximately 75 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment – 100. Rate of Pay: UG/SGS/I/II - $47.17 (+vacation pay)

This is a required introductory physiology course for students in the functioning of the human body and is intended for Medical Radiation Science students (Michener Institute) as part of their required curriculum. The course consists of weekly online lectures.

Qualifications: The TA candidate will have a strong physiological background with an awareness of course objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director.

Duties: TA duties include keeping virtual/in-person office hours and monitoring postings on the course discussion board.

Relevant Criterion: Previous experience is the more relevant criterion than the need to acquire experience in respect of this posted position.

Application Process

Applicants should submit one (1) PDF file containing 1) application form (bottom of page), 2) a cover letter, C.V., names of 2 professional references and contact information, including previous teaching evaluations (if applicable). A maximum total of 4 pages will be accepted by Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m. Applications should be sent to: Eva Eng @ eva.eng@utoronto.ca

Duties of these positions shall be performed at the campus on which the position is located.

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca. During employment, to request accommodation from the University, contact the supervisor or department chair and/or Health & Wellbeing Programs & Services at hwb@utoronto.ca. For more information about accommodations at U of T, please visit our Accommodation webpage.

The hiring criteria for Teaching Assistant positions are academic qualifications, the need to acquire experience, previous experience and previous satisfactory employment under the provisions of this Collective Agreement.

Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity seeking groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the position.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

The position(s) posted above is (are) tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolments.

Positions posted here are open to Graduate Students in the School of Graduate Studies, Postdoctoral Fellows and Undergraduate Students in the University of Toronto.

Preference in hiring shall be given to Graduate Students enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto or those who have made application to be enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Toronto.

published: June 22, 2021