Biology, Teaching Assistant

University of Saskatchewan

The Department of Biology, College of Arts and Science invites applications for a Teaching Assistant for the following courses during the 2023-2024 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), 318 (Comparative Animal Systems Physiology), 345 (Introductory Plant Pathology), 363 (Population Ecology), 421 (Functional Genomics), 451 (Ichthyology), 475 (Ecological Toxicology), 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: 2023-2024 Winter (T2) session

Start Date & End Date: Within 3 Jan 2024 to 26 Apr 2024

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 318

Strong background in Animal Physiology

Biology 345

Botany, Genetics, Plant Pathology or Microbiology

Biology 363

Population Ecology/Biology

Animal census techniques, scientific writing


Biology 421

Molecular Genetics is an asset

Biology 451

Ichthyology is an asset

Biology 475

Ecological Toxicology is an asset

Palaeobiology 230

Fundamental and advanced invertebrate animal evolution and body structure

To Apply:

1) Complete the application form found at .

2) Send your CV, academic transcripts, and academic timetable to [email protected] .

Submit your application no later than January 3rd , 2024. 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: 12/4/2023
Closing Date: 1/8/2024
Number of Openings: 13
Work Location: On Campus

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