3 positions are posted.

Application forms are available here:

Teaching Fellows – Harvard Graduate Students

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

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TF POSITION FOR SPRING SEMESTER:

posted on Sept 16, 2018

Neuro 115 (MCB 115) – CELLULAR BASIS OF NEURAL FUNCTION

Spring 2019

Course Description

The essential function of a neuron is to processes complex signals derived from the external world. In doing so, neurons employ diverse mechanisms that respond to chemical and electrical signals with incredible sensitivity and plasticity. In this course, we  will study these electrical, molecular, and cellular processes using biophysical and biological approaches. Specifically, we will explore topics on excitable membranes, neurotransmission, ion channels, dendritic integration, intracellular signaling, and synaptic plasticity in the context of real cells and brain circuits. Additionally, there will be a hands-on laboratory section for students to learn to collect and analyze data from common electrophysiological methods (patch clamping and extracellular recording in cultured cells and brain slices).

Expectations

  • Attend lectures: T/Thu 10:30 – 11:45 am
  • Run a weekly 2 hr lab section
  • Grade problem sets and midterm/final exams
  • Hold weekly office hours

To Apply
Contact Ryan Draft draft@fas.harvard.edu

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


 

posted on April 6, 2018

TF POSITION FOR FALL SEMESTER:

MCB60 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 the weekly sections comprise of a semester-long discovery-based research project investigating DNA damage response in yeast.

Expectations

Teaching Fellows are expected to attend a week-long, half-day lab training prior to the start of the semester, attend all lectures to facilitate discussion (MWF 10:30-11:45AM), run a weekly 3-hour lab section, grade problem-sets and lab reports, hold weekly office hours, attend weekly staff meetings, conduct 1 review session covering material from approximately 3 classes, grade the final projects reports and oral presentations, and care about the well-being of our motivated students.

To Apply

Fill out an application and email it along with a current CV to Dominic Mao, dominicmao@fas.harvard.edu.  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 positions are filled.


posted on February 20, 2018

TF positions for Fall semester:

MCB 129: The Brain: Development, Plasticity and Decline

Description

This course deals with how the brain develops, adapts to its environment and declines in function with aging. Topics include cell birth and death, differentiation and cell identity, axon guidance and synapse specificity, adult neurogenesis, memory and cognitive decline. Course assignments emphasize critical evaluation of research articles, logical development and creativity in experimental design, scientific writing.

Duties

The duties of the TF include leading a weekly discussion section, helping to create and grade problem sets and written assignments, attending lectures, and providing office hours for students.

To Apply

Contact Prof. Sam Kunes, kunes@fas.harvard.edu.

Deadline for Application  

Open until filled


TF POSITION FOR FALL SEMESTER 2018:

NEURO 80 (MCB 80) – NEUROBIOLOGY OF BEHAVIOR

Course Description
Neuro 80 aims to provide an in-depth introduction into the fundamentals of and neuroscience and the brain. In particular, we aim to provide a biologically inspired conceptual framework for thinking about how the brain works. The course begins by taking a close look at the nuts and bolts of neurons and signaling and then moves on to explore a few networks like sensory systems and motor systems in detail before finishing with neurodevelopment, and “higher” cognitive topics.

Throughout the semester Friday lectures will feature demonstrations, guest lectures and activities that apply the concepts discussed in lectures. Lectures are a blended learning style, incorporating both lecture and active learning methods. There are no pre-requisites for the class and it is the foundational course for students who plan to concentrate in Neuroscience.

Expectations

  • Attend lectures: M,W,F 10:00 – 11:15 am to facilitate discussion
  • Run a weekly 1 hr discussion section
  • Grade problem sets and assist grading exams
  • Hold weekly or biweekly office hours
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and 2, 2 hour meetings before the semester begins

To Apply
Contact Kathleen Quast, kquast@fas.harvard.edu.

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


 TF POSITION FOR FALL SEMESTER 2018:

MCB 129: The Brain: Development, Plasticity and Decline (Fall semester; Monday and Wednesday, 10-11:15 am)

Description

This course deals with how the brain develops, adapts to its environment and declines in function with aging. Topics include cell birth and death, differentiation and cell identity, axon guidance and synapse specificity, adult neurogenesis, memory and cognitive decline. Course assignments emphasize critical evaluation of research articles, logical development and creativity in experimental design, scientific writing.

Duties
The duties of the TF include leading a weekly discussion section, helping to create and grade problem sets and written assignments, attending lectures, and providing office hours for students.

To apply, contact Sam Kunes  (kunes@fas.harvard.edu)

Deadline for Application:  Until filled.