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Teaching Fellows – Harvard Graduate Students

Teaching Assistants – Postdocs, Staff, or non-Harvard Graduate Students

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Employment Opportunity for Teaching Fellows at Harvard College 

Life Sciences 1b: Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution

Course Description: 

Life Sciences 1B is an interdisciplinary course in the Spring semester designed to teach genetics and genomics in an evolutionary framework. The course is taught at the introductory level and the majority of students are freshmen. We take an integrated approach, showing how evolution and genetics are intimately related and how genomics provides tools to analyze case studies of human disease, normal variation, and evolution. Taught by Professors Andrew Berry, Pardis Sabeti, and Hopi Hoekstra.

Teaching Fellow Duties: 

Teaching Fellows (TFs) lead a weekly section, combining laboratory and discussion, and grade all lab assignments and problem sets. TFs must also attend lectures (Tue & Thurs 1:30-2:45 pm), staff meetings (Thurs, time TBD) and lab pre-runs (January 21-24th, 2020). Additional duties include helping with exams, such as proctoring. TFs are compensated $11,040 (post-docs and G3+) or $9,840 (G1 or G2, and some TAs) per section taught for the semester.

To Apply for a Position: 

Go to, fill out an application, and email it to, along with a current CV. Applicants who are currently Harvard graduate students should fill out the “Teaching Fellow,” application. Applicants who are not currently Harvard graduate students should fill out the “Teaching Assistant,” application.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Interviews will be scheduled beginning in November. 

** Final hiring contingent on student enrollment**”

TF/TA Position: MCB 60 – Cellular Biology and Molecular Medicine

Course description:

MCB 60 provides an introduction to the principles of molecular and cellular biology and their connections to biomedicine. We explore how medical syndromes provide insights into biological processes and how biological mechanisms underlie human disease and physiology.

Topics range from DNA repair, protein folding and vesicle transport, to metabolism, cell migration and cancer. Lectures focus on the experimental evidence for key concepts and weekly sections comprise a semester-long discovery based research project investigating DNA damage response in yeast.


  • Attend TF training (TBD).
  • Attend all lectures (MWF, 10:30-11:30)
  • Run a weekly 3-hour lab section (TWTh, 12-2:45 PM, or 6-8:45 PM) comprising of ~16
  • Grade assignments (i.e. problem sets, Laboratory notebooks and final presentation reports) within a week from submission
  • Hold weekly open office hour (1h/week).
  • Attend weekly staff
  • Conduct a 5-hour review session covering material from ~3 classes once or twice a semester.
  • Most importantly, care about the success and learning of your

To apply please email with your CV.

TF POSITION: MCB 112 – Biological Data Analysis

Course Description:

This Harvard course teaches computational methods for biological data analysis, using an empirical and experimental framework suited to the complexities of biological data, emphasizing computational control experiments. The course is primarily aimed at biologists learning computational methods, but is also suitable computational and statistical scientists learning about biological data.

– Attend lectures M/W 3:00-4:15

– Take turns with the other TFs running weekly section, Fri 3:00-4:15

– Grade weekly problem sets

– Hold weekly office hours

– Attend weekly staff meetings (with free pizza)

To Apply:

Contact Veronica Chudik (

Deadline for Application:

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

Life Sciences 1a: An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences: Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology

Course description:

Life Sciences 1a is a course that integrates general chemistry, organic chemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology at the introductory level. The course is large (typically about 400 students), with the majority of students being freshmen. The focus is on the fundamental features of living systems, with topics including intermolecular interactions, thermodynamics, acidity, (first-order) kinetics, the central dogma, cell signaling, enzyme catalysis, and drug design. These concepts are then applied to the treatment of HIV infection.


  • Lectures: 9/3/2019 – 12/3/2019, Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30-2:45 pm
  • Section: 9/11/2019 – 12/4/2019, on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays


  • Attend all lectures.
  • Attend all staff meetings (Tuesdays 2:45-3:45 pm)
  • Prepare and lead one discussion/laboratory section (~3 hours) per week (12 sections in total; size: ~16 students)
  • Grade and return assignments (i.e. problem sets, lab assignments, course project)
  • Hold office hours (1 hour/week/section).
  • Proctor midterms and/or final exam, potentially help pre-run exams.
  • Attend microteaching sessions/lab pre-run in August (see info below)


Total commitment is 10-12 hours per week


  • You are expected to attend two days of training as outlined below:
    • Lab safety training & pre-run of all laboratory exercises: Aug 5-6 or Aug 12-13, 9-12am
    • Microteaching sessions – teaching scientific course material, leading group work/section practice: For new TFs only; Aug 5-6 or Aug 12-13, 1-4pm

To apply:

Please email at and include your CV. We will be conducting interviews and hiring primarily in late April/early May.

TF positions for Fall 2019:

  • Neuroscience of Pain (Neuro 148, on-campus)
  • Neuroscience of Pain (E-52, extension school)

Dates: Fall Semster: 9/4/2019 – 12/2/2019

  • MCB 148: M, W 3:15-4:15 Fall semester, plus one weekly office hours.
  • E-52: Th 6-8 PM, plus one weekly office hour


This course will explore the neurobiological systems and mechanisms underlying both acute and chronic pain. Topics will include nociceptive/sensory systems, molecular basis and modulation of pain, neuroanatomy of peripheral and central pain circuits, pain pathologies, pharmacological and non pharmacological treatments.  The emphasis will be on understanding basic neurobiological concepts underlying pain systems and reading/discussing the primary scientific research in the field.


– attend lecture

– work with a student in office hours to unpack a research article and prepare a presentation for the other students.

– grade exams/assignments and track grades online


To apply contact Dr. Ryan Draft (