Biology Teaching Assistant Applications

Teaching Assistant Applications

Winter Applications: Opening mid-late October
Deadline to apply: TBA

Please keep an eye on this page for updates regarding applications.

Please note:

We are unable to accept applications from students who are not registered in a Faculty of Science program.

You must self-report your grades for the courses you wish to TA. Please note it is considered an academic offence to misrepresent your grades through this application and the Department will take any fraudulent reporting very seriously.  Make sure you report the mark for the correct aspect of a course. For example, if you are applying to a Lab course (i.e. 240L, 273L) make sure you report the mark for the Lab, not the main course.

Fall 2022 Course Offerings

Undergraduate student and BSc requirements to TA:

Students applying for a Teaching Assistantship (TA) position must have previously taken the course they would like to TA, and have received a grade of at least 75% in the course or have equivalent TA experience.  Students must be in good academic standing in the term prior to the start of the TA. Students must also be registered in the term they will be a TA.

Students must also attend the mandatory Biology TA Workshop.  These are held on the first Saturday of classes in the Fall and Winter terms. There is no workshop in Spring, so students applying for a Spring TA position must have already attended the workshop. 

Please Note: This Fall Biology TA Workshop will be comprised of a series of online modules that must be completed no later then your TA start date. Once the details are finalized, more information will be sent to you. If you are selected as a TA, it is a requirement that you complete these modules as well as attend the Fall TA Workshop which will be held in-person, to receive training.

NOTE:  The TA workshop is only for TAs hired by the department and is not open to the general student population.

CMAHRO TA training is also required, however those that do not have it will be contacted with more information once hired.

All TAs must complete online safety training prior to the start of their TA term. The following online safety training must be completed:

  • WHMIS for UW Employees (note this is not the same as WHMIS for undergraduates);
  • Employee Safety Orientation;
  • Laboratory Safety,
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment Awareness

You may be requested to complete additional safety training, if required. Information on how to complete the training will be available if you have been assigned a TA.


We do not keep a wait list, however applicants that were not hired may be contacted in the event that there are extra TA positions needed at the start of term or when an assigned TA is revoked (e.g for not attending the workshop or online safety training).

Rates of Pay (effective May 1, 2019):

(1/2 TA = 1 TA Unit = 5 hours/week)


Current UG

(students must be registered in the term they are hired to TA in)


 $  16.00

Months paid

12 weeks over 3 months

Monthly rate

$ 320.00

Term Total*

 $  960.00


*This is the total before taxes and does not include your vacation pay @ 4%.

Graduate student ‘Other’ Requirements to TA:

People fall into this category if they are:

  1. A current Biology Graduate student over their time limit
  2. A current Graduate student from another Faculty of Science department

Rates of Pay:

(1/2 TA = 1 TA unit = 5 hours/week = 60 hours/term)

(Full TA = 2 TA units = 10 hours/week = 120 hours/term)


All Current Graduate Students

(effective May 1, 2022)



Months paid

4 Months

1 TA Unit:  

Monthly rate


Term Total*


2 TA Units:  

Monthly rate


Term Total*


*The total before taxes and does not include your vacation pay @ 4%

Biology and Other Department Grad TAs:

Your supervisor must approve of your application if you are still within your program time limits and/or are being paid a Graduate Research Studentship (GRS).

Biology graduate students who are no longer eligible to receive a TA may apply for one or two TA units.


1. Submit Form

2. All applicants will be contacted in late November or early December whether we are able to offer them a position or not.

3. Accept Offer via webform, if applicable.

4. Payroll is now handled through Workday.  Watch for emails regarding onboarding.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working with the Department of Biology. If you have questions after you review the information above, please contact Katelyn Fehrenbach in the Biology Graduate Office.