TA Recruitment Semester 1

TAs are invited to apply for part-time teaching positions in the following modules for AY 2018/19 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
  • LSM1105 Evolutionary Biology (Contact Dr Ryan Chisholm – chisholm@nus.edu.sg)
  • LSM3252 Evolution and Comparative Genomics (Contact Dr Huang Danwei  – huangdanwei (at) nus.edu.sg)
  • LSM3266 Avian Biology and Evolution (Contact Dr Frank Rheindt – dbsrfe@nus.edu.sg)
  • LSM4255 Methods in Mathematical Biology (Contact Dr Ryan Chisholm – chisholm@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 06 Jul 2018:  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 36 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 – Friday, 2pm – 6pm; four practicals, one tutorial and practical exam invigilation, up to 26 hours

  • 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) – Early Oct (Date to be confirmed)

SSS1207/GES1021 Natural Heritage of Singapore

  • Marking of posters (30 hours) – Nov 2018
  • Invigilation (2 hours) – 05 Oct 2018, Fri, (4.00 – 6.00pm)

LSM1105 Evolutionary Biology  – 36 hours of work

  • Preparing quizzes for every lecture
  • Compiling student grades
  • Answering student questions
  • Preparing other assessments
  • Need to be familiar with undergraduate level evolutionary biology. Consult the textbook (Bergstrom & Dugatkin) if unfamiliar

TAs are not required to attend lectures as they are assumed to be familiar with relevant material from their undergraduate degrees. However, TAs are recommended to attend lectures if they feel that their evolutionary biology knowledge is rusty, but attending lectures would not be counted towards TA hours.

If interested, contact Dr Ryan Chisholm – chisholm@nus.edu.sg)

LSM3252 Evolution and Comparative Genomics – odd weeks Thursday, 2pm-6pm; 32.5 hours (24 hours teaching + 8.5 hours marking)

  • 2 fieldtrips to Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve and intertidal shore
  • 2 lab practicals on functional morphology, hominin phylogeny and genome evolution
  • Group presentation grading
  • Report marking & feedback
  • Need to be familiar with evolutionary concepts and genome evolution

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

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

  • 5 practicals at 2 hours each (plus preparation)
  • 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, contact Dr Frank Rheindt – dbsrfe@nus.edu.sg. Do note that Dr Rheindt could take some time to reply as he is currently away and will only be able to return mails in late June.

LSM4255 Methods in Mathematical Biology – 54 hours of work (26 hours assisting students during lab sessions and 28 hours of grading). Lab sessions are on Fridays, 4.00 to 6.00pm.

  • Assisting students during practicals
  • Grading assignments
  • Need to mathematically competent. TAs who have taken this module previously as undergraduates will be preferred.

If interested, contact Dr Ryan Chisholm – chisholm@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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