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BioE Teaching Assistant (TA) Positions

The Bioengineering Department believes that teaching is an important part of a graduate-level education in bioengineering. Two quarters of teaching are a requirement for the Ph.D. in Bioengineering, one each during the second and third year.  Our process aims to ensure that your experience as a TA contributes to your flourishing as a graduate student.

While preference will go to BioE Ph.D. students fulfilling this teaching requirement, any Stanford graduate student interested in these opportunities may also apply for teaching assistant positions in the Bioengineering Department. Teaching duties vary from course to course but can include leading discussions, laboratory sections, meeting with students informally through office hours, developing new course content in advance of a given quarter, and grading homework and exams. Applications are initially due July 28, after which assignments will be made on a rolling basis, However, your application will be significantly less likely to be approved if you miss the initial application deadline of July 28.

Who is eligible to apply?

Teaching assistantships must have graduate standing or be a coterminal student with at least 180 units completed.

How many hours does a TA work?

Teaching assistantships are appointed on a percent time basis. Most of our TAs are 25 percent appointments and work 10 hours per week.  

International students on F and J visas may not work more than 50 percent time, and some students may have additional restrictions which limit them to a 25% appointment.

Departmental TA requirements

1. If you are offered a position, teaching assistants are required to attend the department orientation session held by our TA coordinators, Michael Hollander and Alexis Seymour, before the start of the autumn quarter.  If this is your first time as a TA, you must also attend the TA orientation run by Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). See the schedule at their website:  https://vptl.stanford.edu/faculty-staff-student-instructors/student-instructors-postdocs/ta-handbook/ta-orientation

2.  Clear your teaching with your research advisor before you accept a teaching assistantship—make sure the time required for the teaching is consistent with your advisor's research expectations for you.

3. International students: Those applying for a teaching assistantship for the first time must be screened for readiness to use English in a teaching role (English accuracy, fluency, and communication are evaluated). See https://language.stanford.edu/programs/efs/languages/english-foreign-students/international-teachingcourse-assistant-screening for information on scheduling this exam. You must complete this before we can offer you a teaching assistantship.

 

Expectations

  • I agree to be available for the entire quarter, from the first day of instruction through the entire final exam period. There will be no unexcused absences allowed.
  • I agree to be here during Finals Week to grade exams.
  • I have cleared my teaching with my research advisor.
  • I understand that TA assignments are tentative and are subject to change or cancellation dependent upon course enrollment and that first priority for assignments is given to BioE PhD students.
  • I agree to be in email contact with the instructor at least one week before classes start.

 

If you wish to apply to a TA position in the Bioengineering department for 2019-20, please fill out the application form in the below link by July 28, 2019

Please note that you need to complete the Google form linked below even if you have already had informal or direct communication with a given faculty member about a potential TA opportunity so that we can fairly match TA opportunities, interests, and resources for all courses and all students.

 Bioengineering 2019-20 Application Form 

 

Core Courses

Qtr Course # Course Name Day Time 18/19 Instructor(s)
Autumn 44 Fundamentals of Engineering Biology Lab

TTh

TTh

10:30-11:50a

1:30-4:20p

P. Vorster , S. Qi
Autumn 101 Systems Biology MWF 9:30-11:20 M. Covert
Autumn 141A Senior Capstone Design I

MW

W

11:30-12:30p

1:30-4:20p

R. Venook, R. Fan, J. Towels
Autumn 300B Engineering Concepts Applied to Physiology MWF 1:30p-2:50p P. Nuyujukian
Autumn 301A Molecular and Cellular Engineering Lab TTh 9:00a-11:50a P. Huang
Winter 123 Biomedical System Prototyping Lab

M

TTh

3:00-4:20p

1:30-5:20p

R. Venook, J. Towels
Winter 141B Senior Capstone Design II

MW

WF

10:30-12:20p

1:30-4:20p

R. Venook, R. Fan, J. Towels
Winter 300A Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering

MW

F

11:30a-12:20p

10:30a-2:20p

L. Bintu
Winter 301D Microfluidic Device Laboratory TTh 1:30p-4:20p P. Fordyce 
Spring 42 Fundamentals of Engineering Biology Lab Physical Biology of Cells TTh 9:00-10:20 Z. Bryant, K.C. Huang
Spring 44 Fundamentals of Engineering Biology Lab

MW

MW

10:30a-11:20a

2:30p-5:20p

P. Vorster, B. Wang
Spring 80 Introduction to Bioengineering MWF 1:30-2:20p D. Endy, J. Liphardt, C Smolke
Spring 103 Systems Physiology and Design

TTh

F

10:30-11:50a

11:30a-12:20p

M. Fischbach, K. Deisseroth, P. Vorster
Spring 131 Ethics in Bioengineering MW 4:30-5:50p D. Magnus, R. Altman
Spring 301C Diagnostic Devices Lab

M

WF

1:30-3:20p

2:30-4:20p

J. Lee

For detailed descriptions of these and all other Bioengineering courses, see the Registrar's Explore Courses website

 

 

Any questions about TA policies or assignments should be sent to Professor Drew Endy (endy at stanford.edu)