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Graduate Teaching Assistantships

GTAs assist with the teaching of undergraduate courses at Western. In September 2014, a graduate student with a full one-term GTAship will receive a base salary of $4,550 plus the GTA Collective Agreement additional amount of $1,433, paid in four monthly instalments of $358.35 (Article 18.02 of the Collective Agreement). Employment of registered graduate students as graduate teaching assistants is governed by the provisions of The Collective Agreement between The University of Western Ontario and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which can be found at Human Resources.

Current TA Opportunities

Faculty of Engineering (one position)

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE 9552B Advanced Soil Mechanics (2.5 hrs/week TA position) A candidate serving as a TA in this course is expected to have strong expertise in critical state soil mechanics, elasticity and plasticity theory, constitutive modelling of soils and single element stress-strain laboratory testing. This course is designed to help students: (i) to better understand fundamental aspects of the stress-strain response of soil, (ii) to study advanced constitutive concepts for modelling the stress-strain behaviour of soil, (iii) to understand various advanced laboratory and field tests for soils, and their interpretation and (iv) to learn through case studies and application, how soil should be considered in civil engineering design. The main duties required in this course may include, but are not limited to: grading students' assignments, assisting students in laboratory work, which involves triaxial testing of clays, holding office hours, consulting with students (including electronic consultation).  Applicants should be a senior PhD student either in their final term of funding eligibility or "over time". Please apply to civigrad@uwo.ca by February 24, 2015.

Faculty of Science (several positions)


Application Deadline: 03/06/2015

Position Description: Graduate Teaching Assistant positions available in the Department of Biology In compliance with the existing provisions of the Collective Agreement between The University of Western Ontario and the GTA Union, PSAC Local 610, the Department of Biology would like to inform qualified graduate students that following teaching assistantship positions are available in the department for the fall term. Those PhD graduate students who are currently just beyond their normal TA eligibility period are welcome to apply. Graduate students in Biology programs will be given preference.

General Requirements:Current full-time student eligible for a TA position. Permission from supervisor to be absent during the duration of the course. Completion of safety requirements. See http://www.uwo.ca/biology/administration/healthandsafety/index.html These modules are available on OWL: Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training,  WHMIS (WHMIS training is repeated every three years as required by WHMIS Reg 860),  Safe Campus Community, Accessibility Western

Course Specific Requirements: Adirondack Forest Ecology

140 hours between May 5 and May 20 (inclusive) Current passport (eligible to travel to US) Valid drivers' licence and willing to drive van with 10 students for approx. 3 000 km (total) On or eligible to be on Biology drivers' list Physically fit (hiking on and off trails in rough mountainous terrain) Positive attitude and leadership qualities in good or bad weather Strong background in field biology

Preferred candidates will have field experience in ecosystems similar to the Adirondacks (boreal or northern hardwood forests, field identification skills (flora and fauna), first aid training.

Tropical Marine Environments (Belize)

140 hours (14 days @ 8 h per day + 28 h prep, marking and travel, from April 28 to May 14 approx.)   

      Current passport

      Excellent swimming skills

      First Aid

Preferred candidates will have scuba diving experience, a strong background in marine and invertebrate biology, and teaching experience.

Field course in Tropical Biodiversity (Ecuador)

May 19 - June 5 with some course preparation required in the weeks prior Number of hours: 140 (14 days 8 h/day + 28 h prep and travel to/from Toronto) Current passport with no travel restrictions to US, Panama, or Ecuador

Preferred candidate is a competent field biologist with interest in biodiversity, familiarity with tropical field biology. Spanish fluency and regional familiarity a plus.

Experimental Studies in Marine Biology (St. Andrew's, NB)

TWO POSITIONS available (140 h each)

Aug 22 to Sept 7 plus a day or two before and after. Classes begin Sept. 10. Valid driver's licence, be (eligible to be) on the Biology drivers' list. Good people skills. Preference to students whose research prevents them from being on campus during "traditional" TA periods. Experience with field sampling and a background in  marine/intertidal biology considered a plus.

These positions are subject to course and section enrollment. Application deadline: 4:00 pm Mar.  6, 2015. An extended deadline may be posted on March 9 if suitable candidates are not found before the initial deadline. Send an updated (BRIEF) curriculum vitae or resume of teaching experience to Tricia Gray (tgray5@uwo.ca) via UWO mail server only. All candidates must have the approval of their program supervisor. All applications will be acknowledged; however, only successful candidates will be notified when the deadline has passed.

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