Teaching Assistantships

Each year, the Department hires a limited number of Teaching Assistants to support its undergraduate courses. These positions play an integral role in helping the Department fulfill its goal of offering its students superior undergraduate teaching and learning experiences. All graduate students may apply for a TA position; however, new students arriving at UBC are not eligible until their second term as a student.

Types of Duties

Although the precise duties will vary depending on the course for which an offer/appointment is made, in general TAs 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 of laboratory reports.
  • Tutorial Assistance – assisting in or leading tutorial sessions, marking of assignments, preparing written solutions, reviewing of assignments with undergraduates.
  • Marking – marking of assignments.
  • Invigilation of Exams (Mandatory) – is required. All TAs must be available for the full exam period of the term in which they are hired as a TA. TAs may be assigned to invigilate course(s) other those for which they TA.
  • APSC TA Training (Mandatory) – New TAs and returning TAs must participate in the APSC TA training program and safety orientation. More information on training will be provided with your offer letter.

Important Information & Application Requirements

Important Information About the Application Process

In order to be eligible to work as a TA, you must be available to attend the mandatory APSC TA training, as well as the appropriate lab orientations, before the start of term.

TA offers will be sent out around early July and will continue until all positions are filled (which can extend into the start of the academic year). You must respond to TA offers in a prompt manner. Failure to accept an offer within one week of receiving the offer via email will be seen as a decline on your behalf, and will result in the position being offered to the next most qualified candidate.

TA positions in our department are employment opportunities, and we expect applicants to act professionally and treat it as such. Withdrawing from a TA position after you have previously formally accepted the post is not an acceptable practice.

Application Requirements

  • Must be a full-time student currently registered in a MASc, MEng, or PhD program.
  • Must be a full-time, registered student during the period of their TA appointment. If you will be defending your thesis or completing your program before the end of the term you are not eligible to be a TA for that term.
  • Cannot be on leave during their graduate program.
  • Must hold an active study permit and SIN for the entirety of their TA appointment at the time of their application. If your study permit is set to expire during the course of the term, please inform Student Services when you apply.
  • Mastery of the course academic material and subject matter.
  • Ability to help students learn actively, and explain course content in a clear and logical manner.
  • Have an understanding of and will agree to comply with WorkSafe BC, UBC and Departmental Safety Regulations.
  • Possess excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Must be available to complete the mandatory APSC TA training, as well as the appropriate site-specific lab orientations, before the start of term. Please see training dates listed in the above section.
  • Must have the approval of their Research or Program Supervisor to engage in an employment contract in addition to their academic program. Your supervisor must be made aware of your intent to apply to TA positions and must approve of the total number of hours (especially for students that would like to accept multiple positions).
  • If you cannot follow the naming conventions required for the CV and cover letter upload, your application will not be considered. Please ensure that you follow the instructions for each upload or your application will be discarded.

All candidates wishing to be considered for a Teaching Assistant position will need to submit one application. Applicants may select up to 6 courses they wish to TA. Although we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted with further details.

Steps to Take Before Applying

Before applying, please ensure that you have completed any course planning needed with your supervisor.

List of Available Courses

Review the courses that have Teaching Assistantships available below. To apply to a TA position, you can find the application portal at the bottom of of this page.

Estimated number of Teaching Assistant positions and hours (subject to change).


MTRL Courses

MTRL 201 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 250 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 251 ~ T2 ~ 32 hrs ~ 1 TA             MTRL 251 ~ T2 ~ 96 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 263 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 264 ~ T2 ~ 96 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 280 ~ T2 ~ 84 hrs ~ 3 TAs
MTRL 320 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 340 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 3 TAs
MTRL 358 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 359 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 4 TAs
MTRL 361 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 2 TAs
MTRL 363 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 365 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 378 ~ T2 ~ 128 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 381 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 2 TA
MTRL 382 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA            MTRL 382 ~ T2 ~ 96 hrs ~ 2 TAs
MTRL 394 ~ T2 ~ 96 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 451 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 2 TAs
MTRL 455 ~ T1 ~ 128 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 456 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 458 ~ T2 ~ 32 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 460 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 471 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 2 TAs
MTRL 472 ~ T1 ~ 96 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 475 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 478 ~ T2 ~ 32 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 485 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 486 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 494 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 495 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 496 ~ T2 ~ 32 hrs ~ 1 TA
MTRL 497 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA


APSC Courses

APSC 278 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 3 TAs             APSC 278 ~ T1 ~ 32 hrs ~ 1 TA
APSC 278 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 3 TAs
APSC 279 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 3 TAs
APSC 279 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 3 TAs             APSC 279 ~ T2 ~ 32 hrs ~ 2 TAs


MECH Courses

MECH 221 ~ T1 ~ 32 hrs ~ 4 TAs            MECH 221 ~ T2 ~ 32 hrs ~ 4 TAs


MANU Courses

MANU 201 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA
MANU 230 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 2 TAs            MANU 230 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 2 TAs
MANU 261 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 2 TAs
MANU 270 ~ T2 ~ 48 hrs ~ 1 TA
MANU 330 ~ T1 ~ 48 hrs ~ 1 TA              MANU 330 ~ T2 ~ 48 hrs ~ 1 TA
MANU 370 ~ T1 ~ 48 hrs ~ 1 TA
MANU 378 ~ T2 ~ 84 hrs ~ 1 TA
MANU 380 ~ T1 ~ 48 hrs ~ 1 TA
MANU 430 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA              MANU 430 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 2 TAs
MANU 480 ~ T1 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA              MANU 480 ~ T1 ~ 32 hrs ~ 1 TA
MANU 481 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA              MANU 481 ~ T2 ~ 32 hrs ~ 1 TA


IGEN Courses

IGEN 201 ~ T2 ~ 64 hrs ~ 1 TA

Course-specific Information & Requirements

The following courses have specific instructions, descriptions, or requirements for their TAs, please read each carefully.

Additional information will be added in due course. Please keep an eye on this section for updates.

Senior Teaching Assistant

The STA needs to oversee the administrative duties for both APSC 278/279 courses (student communications, system set-up, etc.). Please note that the STA positions are different from and unrelated to the TA positions above. We are hiring for the following STA positions:

APSC 278 – 36 Hour STA x 1

APSC 279 – 36 Hour STA x 1

Hours & Pay

Hours and rates are established by contract between UBC and the TA Union (CUPE 2278). The majority of appointments are 2-4 hours per week = 32-64 hours per term, however, actual appointments may vary. Exam invigilation is included in the appointment.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email Material Student Human Resources at student-hr@mtrl.ubc.ca

For questions regarding specific TA duties for a particular course, please contact the course instructor directly.

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.

Please note that you should NOT consider Teaching Assistantships as a source for guaranteed income. The Department is not in a position to consider financial need in the process of TA appointments.

2024W Term 1 TA Positions Available – July 18, 2024

MTRL 451 – Two positions – 64 hours each position

MTRL 460 – One position – 64 hours

MECH 221 – Three positions – 32 hours each position

If you are interested in any of the aforementioned positions, please apply via the TA application portal below.

Apply

Please see available openings for Teaching Assistantships at UBC Materials Engineering below:

TA Application portal 2024/2025 Academic Year

Applications for Teaching Assistant roles for the 2024/2024 academic year are now open. Interested candidates should apply to the portal above no later than June 17th, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Applications will be accepted after the deadline but applicants who submit before June 17th will be will considered first. Applicants must be full-time students currently registered in Masters, or PhD programs with active study permit (if applicable) and SIN for the entire duration of the academic term. If your study permit expires over the summer or during the term, please ensure to process the extension and send me a copy of the IRCC confirmation letter that your application is being processed.

Although we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted with further details. Please contact us at student-hr@mtrl.ubc.ca if you have any questions or concerns.