TA Recruitment Semester 1

TAs are invited to apply for part-time teaching positions in the following modules for AY 2019/20 Semester I:

  • LSM2251 Ecology and the Environment
  • LSM2252 Biodiversity
  • LSM3254 Ecology of Aquatic Environments
  • GEM1536/GET1020 Darwin and Evolution
  • SSS1207/GES1021 Natural Heritage of Singapore
  • LSM1301 General Biology (Contact Sylvia Law – sylvialaw@nus.edu.sg)
  • LSM3252 Evolution and Comparative Genomics (Contact Dr Danwei Huang huangdanwei@nus.edu.sg)
  • LSM3265 Entomology (Contact Dr Ascher, John Stoskopf – dbsajs@nus.edu.sg)
  • LSM3266 Avian Biology and Evolution (Contact Dr Frank Rheindt – dbsrfe@nus.edu.sg)

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and interviewed. If there are any queries, please feel free to email Cai Hongxia (dbscaih@nus.edu.sg) or Xu Weiting (dbsxuwt@nus.edu.sg).

To sign up, please fill in the form here by 23 Jul 2019:  http://tinyurl.com/biodta-sem1

LSM2251 Ecology and the Environment– odd week Mondays, 2pm-6pm; seven practicals, including a Saturday morning field trip, up to 37 hours

  • Field Trip prep, Extinction Game (Facilitation)
  • Terrestrial and aquatic field trips
  • Pulau Ubin (Sat morning)
  • Ecological Scenarios
  • Report and short assignment marking

LSM2252 Biodiversity – Fridays, 2pm – 6pm; seven practicals, one tutorial and practical exam invigilation, up to 54 hours

  • Visit to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM)
  • Kent Ridge practical
  • Plant Diversity
  • Animal Diversity – invertebrates & vertebrates
  • Changi beach practical
  • Practical exam preparations
  • Essay feedback tutorial
  • Essay marking

LSM3254 Ecology of Aquatic Environments – even weeks Tuesday, 2pm-6pm; 27 hours (20 hours teaching + 7 hours marking)

  • Aquatic biodiversity (Freshwater and Marine specimens): lab practical
  • Freshwater Biomonitoring (Session 1 of 2): Field trip to local stream for data/specimen collection;
  • Freshwater Biomonitoring (Session 2 of 2): Sorting of field samples
  • Marine Plankton sampling: field trip followed by lab practical
  • S.E.A Aquarium field trip
  • Report Marking & Feedback

GEM1536/GET1021 Darwin and Evolution

  • Mid-term invigilation (2 hours) – 03 Oct (2.00 – 4.00pm)

SSS1207/GES1021 Natural Heritage of Singapore

  • Marking of posters (30 hours) – Nov 2019
  • Invigilation (2 hours) – 05 Oct 2019, Fri, (4.00 – 6.00pm)

LSM1301 General Biology 

Lab Demonstrators are required for practical sessions (2 hours x 4 sessions per day).
TAs can opt to teach just one or both of the practical days listed below:

  • Oct 30 (Wednesday), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – The Invertebrate Animal Body Plan
  • Nov 6 (Wednesday), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Ecology

Assignment Marking (soft copy grading; 16 to 24 hours claimable, depending on class size, workload, and TA performance). TAs can choose one of the topics listed below (all during the second half of the semester):

  • Evolution
  • Assignment based on visit to LKCNHM
  • Assignment based on Invertebrates lab session
  • Assignment based on Ecology lab session

Please note that all hours claimable must be compulsory hours (non-payable). If interested, please e-mail Sylvia Law (sylvialaw@nus.edu.sg).

LSM3252 Evolution and Comparative Genomics – Thursdays (odd weeks), 2-6pm,
LS Lab 7. Hours required: 4 hours field practical; 20 hours lab practical; 12 hours project consultation (total 36 hours; both payment and non-payment claims welcomed).

  • 15 Aug – Sungei Buloh
  • 29 Aug – Morphological evolution
  • 12 Sep – Functional morphology
  • 03 Oct – Tree of life
  • 31 Oct – Evolutionary history
  • 14 Nov – Project Group Presentation

Description of the PTTA’s responsibilities & duties: (1) Assist with teaching and guide students for practicals on natural selection and adaptation; morphological evolution; functional morphology; reconstructing phylogenies; comparative genomics. (2) Guide and assess students for evolution project.

Knowledge prerequisite: LSM1105 Evolutionary Biology.

If interested, please contact Dr Danwei Huang (huangdanwei@nus.edu.sg)

LSM3265 Entomology – Practicals are odd weeks on Tuesday, 1400-1800 hr; LS lab seven, six practicals (of which two are field trips), up to 50 hours. Schedule listed below:

  • 13 Aug LS Lab 7
  • 27 Aug LS Lab 7
  • 10 Sep Field Trip Holland Woods
  • 1 Oct LS Lab 7
  • 15 Oct Field Trip Kent Ridge Park
  • 29 Oct visit to LKCNHM and LS Lab 7
  • 12 Nov LS Lab 7

TA duties include assisting Module Coordinator and LT Morgany with:

  • Visit to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
  • Field trips to Kent Ridge Park and Holland Woods
  • Insect morphology practical
  • Insect mounting, curation, and identification
  • Curation and labeling of existing reference collection
  • Review of completed collections before grading

Background or interest in entomology or field work or morphological identification is desirable but not required.

If interested, please contact Dr Ascher, John Stoskopf (dbsajs@nus.edu.sg)

LSM3266 Avian Biology and Evolution  – even weeks Mondays, 2pm-6pm,

  • 30 hours/ TA
  • Requires assistance in helping with field and lab activities, including field observation, mistnetting, phylogenetic tutorials and other tasks
  • General basic biological knowledge prerequisite

If interested, please contact Dr Frank Rheindt (dbsrfe@nus.edu.sg)

For all modules, TAs are expected to be:

  • Competent in written and spoken English
  • Read up related materials beforehand and come prepared for all classes
  • Punctual for briefings and practical sessions
  • Be passionate about teaching
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