Teaching Assistantships Opportunities

INTERIM ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEACHING ASSISTANT POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSIOLOGY

For the 2020-21 Academic Year  ** APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN**

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:  Tuesday, July 21, 2020 @ 4PM

Salaries:

The current rate of pay for a UG/SGS1/SGS11/PDF) is $46.24 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**

JPM300H: JPM300H: Research Readiness and Advancing Biomedical Discoveries

2 positions: approximately 24-30 hours for each TA. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 60

This course has online modules and in-class active learning sessions, students will explore how scientists work to develop, manage and commercialize biomedical discoveries. Content will focus on the development of key research and industry skills required for future success: project and budget oversight, data integrity, and the ability to communicate to diverse audiences. TA must have interest in communicating pharmacology and toxicology principles. Applicants with pharmacology undergraduate or graduate training preferred. TA will assist with grading; facilitating active learning sessions; and responding to student questions.

PSL190H: Biomedical Research at the Cutting Edge

2 positions: approximately 30 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 25

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

PSL201Y: Basic Human Physiology

2 positions: approximately 70 hours. Fall/Winter terms. Estimated enrolment - 180

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

PSL280H: Introduction to Physiologic Adaptations of Marine Mammals

3 positions: approximately 30-35 hours. Fall Term.  Estimated enrolment - 90

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 cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, urinary, and reproductive systems. Relevant nervous and endocrine physiology will also be introduced. The course consists of lectures and laboratories. TA candidates must have BIO120/130 and ideally have marine mammal anatomy/physiology experience and/or exposure. Up-to-date WHMIS & Biosafety Training is required of all TA. TA experience is preferred. TAs will conduct lab demonstrations and oversee invigilation; one TA will also administer the course while another will assist with contact hours and correspondence. Teaching Assistants will also assist with grading.

PSL300H: Human Physiology I

3 positions: approximately 70 hours.  Fall Term. Estimated enrolment - 1000

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

PSL301H Human Physiology II

3 positions: approximately 70 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 1000

PSL301H covers the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, blood/immune and gastrointestinal 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 lecture material. TA candidates will possess a strong physiological background and awareness of course objectives and physiology to the satisfaction of the course director. The course will be delivered in a fully online format this fall. TA duties will include running tutorials and/or help sessions, marking, assisting with the development of course materials.

PSL304H: Topics in Cellular, Molecular and Organismic Physiology

2 position (1-theoretical physiology; 1-cardiovascular-respiratory physiology): approximately 6 hours. Fall Term, Estimate enrolment - 25

Control systems, feedback, networks, cardiovascular regulation and respiratory control are the topics examined in detail using homeostasis as a unifying theme. The TA candidate will possess a strong background in physiology and will assist with the synchronous online delivery of the course and additional duties as required.

PSL305H: Topics in Cellular, Molecular and Organismic Physiology

2 position (1 - neurophysiology, 1- endocrine and metabolic physiology): approximately 6 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 25

This course covers the molecular and cellular physiology of the central nervous system, gut, pancreas and glucose-sensing tissues. CNS diseases, obesity and diabetes are used as model systems. The TA candidate will possess a strong background in physiology and will assist with the synchronous online delivery of the course and additional duties as required.

PSL310H: Clinical Reasoning

1 position: approximately 20 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 20

In this course students learn to apply strategies of critical thinking and principles of physiology to solve clinical cases. Students work on an independent study which includes health care placements in a course that is restricted to physiology specialists and majors. The TA candidate will possess a strong physiological background and will have ideally completed BCH210H; BIO230H; PSL300H; PSL372H or equivalent. TA duties will be marking/grading course assignments.

PSL350H: Mammalian Molecular Biology

2 positions: approximately 20-40 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 120

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.  The TA candidate will have course experience and a sound knowledge of BIO130H/230H.  TA duties include managing student email correspondence, uploading lecture notes, tabulating marks, grading, and some invigilation.

PSL372H: Mammalian Physiology Laboratory

7 positions: approximately 120 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment - 140

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. TA candidates will have completed at least one year of the physiological laboratory classes. Up-to-date WHMIS & BiosafetyTraining is required of all TAs. Teaching Assistant duties will include lab demonstration, teaching, supervising, marking lab reports, keeping office hours, managing student email, and invigilating exams.

PSL374H: Advanced Physiology Laboratory

9 positions: approximately 25 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 30

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 and challenge students with problem solving skills. Labs will include a variety of topics which build on the experience of PSL372H course that students will be taking concurrently. TA candidates will have extensive experience in laboratory teaching in physiology. Up-to-date WHMIS & BiosafetyTraining is required of all TAs. Teaching assistant duties will include supervising lab demonstrations, teaching, supervising, evaluating reports, tabulating term marks, keeping office hours, managing student email, and invigilating exams.

PSL404H: Regenerative Medicine

1 position: approximately 48 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment - 35

Regenerative medicine promises to restore body function that has been lost due to disease, damage, or age. Students will explore selected molecular, stem cell and tissue engineering developments to better understand how the body normally functions and how cells, tissues, and organs can be repaired or replaced. The TA will mainly mark assignments, however, there will be opportunities to facilitate small group discussions. TA candidates with expertise in stem cells; cell and molecular biology; pancreatic beta cell, nervous system and/or cardiovascular function and regeneration are encouraged to apply.

PSL420H: Reproduction - Development and Function

1 position: approximately 80 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment - 50

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. The TA candidate must have taken PSL420H and possess a sound knowledge of reproductive physiology. TA duties include keeping office hours, managing student email correspondence, overseeing lab reports, problem sets, tabulating term marks, and grading.

PSL421H: Pregnancy and Birth - From Implantation to Newborn Life

2 positions: approximately 50 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 60

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. The TA candidate must possess a sound knowledge of reproductive physiology. The role of the TA is to liaise with students and faculty, assist in marking examination reports, assist in posting to the course website, and the downloading of teaching notes. Duties include managing student email correspondence, overseeing assignments, tabulating term marks, and grading.

PSL424H: Cellular and Molecular Basis of Endocrine Disorders 

1 position: approximately 55 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 30

Students will explore how researchers uncover the cellular and molecular basis of endocrine disorders. Topics will include disorders in hormone regulation, secretion and action; circadian rhythms; and sexual development and reproduction. The TA will assist with marking, help facilitate active learning sessions as required, invigilate examinations and carry out other duties such as updating the course website. TA candidates with advanced knowledge of the underlying pathophysiology of endocrine disorders, along with expertise in experimental design, state-of-the-art research tools, and data interpretation are encouraged to apply.

PSL425H/1425H - Integrative Metabolism and its Endocrine Regulation

1 position: approximately 64 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment - 40

This course will provide the student with current perspectives on metabolism and its endocrine regulation, with an emphasize on the potential of the endocrine and metabolic field of investigation in obesity and diabetes research. The course goal is to integrate the newest findings and experimental approaches from cellular and molecular areas into metabolic function at the tissue, organ and whole-body level. The TA candidate will have an appropriate background for the course and must possess a sound knowledge of physiology and metabolism. The role of the TA is to assist in marking examinations and tests, assist in maintaining the course website, including uploading teaching notes and various course-related materials. Other duties will include mid-term and final exam invigilation

PSL432H: Theoretical Physiology

1 position: approximately 40 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 13

The teaching assistant is required to mark assignments and tests. Sound knowledge of mathematics, physics and physiology is essential. The TA candidate should be familiar with PSL432H course material. TA duties include managing student email correspondence and tabulating term marks.

PSL440Y - Neuroscience - Systems & Behaviour

1 position: approximately 55 hours. Fall/Winter Terms. Estimated enrolment - 40

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 may also be sections on emotions, cognitive neuroscience, and other related topics. The TA candidate must possess a sound knowledge of neuroscience. 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.

PSL445H: Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular

1 position: approximately 12 hours. Fall Term, Estimate enrolment - 25

Overview of the fundamentals of cellular and molecular aspects of brain function. Course material is updated yearly to reflect the rapid evolution of ideas in Neuroscience. The TA candidate will possess a strong background in physiology and will assist with the synchronous online delivery of the course and additional duties as required.

PSL446H: Neural Disorders

1 position: approximately 12 hours. Winter Term, Estimate enrolment - 30

Explore topics in neurological disorders and treatments to reinforce and expand your knowledge of cellular and molecular neurophysiology. Course material is updated yearly to reflect the rapid evolution of ideas in this area. The TA candidate will possess a strong background in physiology and will assist with the synchronous online delivery of the course and additional duties as required.

PSL450H: Mechanisms of Neural and Endocrinal Secretion

1 position: approximately 10 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment – 25

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

PSL452H – Membrane Physiology

1 position: approximately 35 hours.  Fall Term.  Estimated enrolment – 40

This course is designed for students interested in understanding essential elements and fundamental mechanisms underlying membrane excitability of cells as neurons, myocytes, and endocrine cells. It highlights the biophysical properties and molecular structure of voltage-gated and ligand-gated ion channels and covers major classes of ion channels and their integrative role in controlling membrane excitability and cell physiology. Current and past perspectives of ion channel research are discussed. The TA candidate will have completed PSL452/1452. TA duties include collecting and marking assignments (including essays) and assisting with final exams. Some invigilation is required.

PSL462H – Molecular Aspects of Cardiovascular Function

1 position: approximately 26 hours.  Winter Term.  Estimated enrolment – 30

This course is designed for students interested in the anatomy and development of the heart and in the ion channels and contractile proteins involved in cardiac and smooth muscle contraction. Emphasis will be placed on regulation of electrical and contractile function by kinases, metabolism, sarcomere length (volume) and ions along with alterations in function associated with cardiovascular diseases. TA duties include collecting and marking assignments (including essays) and assisting with final exams. Some invigilation required.

PSL470H: Cardiovascular Physiology

2 positions: approximately 50 hours.  Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 120

This course covers the development of the cardiovascular system from conception to adulthood with particular emphasis on the progressive maturational changes from fetus to adult, and age-related differences and developmental problems. The TA candidate must have taken the graduate course PSL1060 and have experience in the developmental cardiovascular area. Previous TA experience is preferred. Teaching Assistants will assist the course director and oversee student help sessions throughout the term. TA duties will include meeting with lecturers, keeping office hours, overseeing student email correspondence and the course website, creating test questions and proofreading, some grading, field trip proctor duties, and some invigilation.

PSL472H: Sleep Physiology and Chronobiology

1 position: approximately 56 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 50

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. The TA candidate must have taken PSL472H and will possess a sound knowledge of integrative physiology and neuroscience. TA duties involve marking a term test, assignments, and the final exam. The TA will keep office hours, manage student email correspondence; upload lecture notes, and some invigilation is required.

PSL480H: Diving Physiology of Marine Mammals

2 positions: approximately 1 position/15 hours, 1 position/32 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment - 20

This specialized course will compare and contrast the physiologic and anatomical adaptations experienced by the different species of marine mammals in contrast to humans. TA candidates will have marine mammal anatomy/physiology experience/exposure and have at least 2 years 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; some marking and invigilation.

**Graduate Course**

PSL1026H: Advanced Topics: Experimental Cell Physiology

8 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. 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. The TA will assist with lab demonstrations.

**Non PSL On-Line Courses**

SCS2159: Basic Human Physiology

3 Positions: approximately 65 hours each, 1 position in each session Fall/Winter/Spring. Estimated enrollment - 60

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). TA candidates must possess a strong physiology background, with an awareness of objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director. TA duties include keeping virtual office hours and monitoring postings on the course discussion board.

PAP113H1: Physiology for the Physician Assistant Program

1 Position: approximately 65 hours. Fall Term. Estimated enrolment - 30

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

PSRD120/MRS160: Physiology for Medical Radiation Science Students

1 Position: approximately 75 hours. Winter Term. Estimated enrolment - 100

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

**Hiring Policy: The departmental hiring policy is available in Room 3209, Medical Sciences Building, and at the CUPE office.

To Apply:

Click PDF iconteaching_assistant_application_form_v1.pdf (91.03 KB) to obtain an Application Form.  Application deadline: Tuesday, July 21 , 2020 @ 4 p.m.   *** APPLICATIONS CLOSED ***

Submit applications to Eva Eng via email at eva.eng@utoronto.ca. All TA Application Forms must be accompanied by a short-version CV (2 pages)  
Application Package must include:  1) TA Application Form + 2) CV (2 pages)

~ first posted 22-June, 2020 ~