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Teaching Fellow/Assistant Opportunity at Harvard College


MCB63 BIOCHEMISTRY and molecular medicine

Course Head:

Alain Viel, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Director of Northwest Undergraduate Laboratories

Course Description:

The course integrates an introduction to the structure of macromolecules and a biochemical approach to cellular function. Topics addressing protein function will include enzyme kinetics, the characterization of major metabolic pathways and their interconnection into tightly regulated networks, and the manipulation of enzymes and pathways with mutations or drugs. An exploration of simple cells (red blood cells) to more complex tissues (muscle and liver) is used as a framework to discuss the progression in metabolic complexity. Students will also develop problem solving and analytical skills that are more generally applicable to the life sciences.


  • Attend a half-day TF/TA training session prior to the start of the semester (sometime mid-August)
  • Attend all lectures: Tu/Thu 1:30 – 2:45 pm
  • Attend weekly 30-minute to 1-hr staff meetings
  • Run a weekly 75-minute discussion section
  • Hold weekly 1 hr office hours
  • Grade problem sets, exams and final student presentations
  • Care about the well-being of our motivated students
  • Must be U.S. citizen or have permanent residence status


  • Gain valuable teaching and mentoring experience
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Work in a collaborative teaching environment
  • Competitive pay

Interested candidates should email a current CV to the course preceptor Jessica Liu, Ph.D. at liu9@fas.harvard.edu.

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


MCB 60: Cellular Biology and Molecular Medicine Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Harvard University

TF/TA positions for Fall 2021


This course 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 combine a discovery-based laboratory research project with discussions that emphasize problem solving and primary literature.



TF positions are compensated at 0.4 FTE for the semester (approximately $10,500). The actual teaching period starts on September 1st and ends around the beginning-mid December.



  • Attend the lab training before the start of the semester (about 3 half-days long).
  • Attend all lectures (days to be determined). Facilitate discussion and encourage participation from students during class.
  • Hold weekly open office hour (1h/week).
  • Attend weekly staff meeting (1h/week).
  • Run a weekly 3-hour lab/discussion section comprising of ~15 students.
  • Grade weekly lab notebooks and problem sets for the students in your section.

What you can expect from the course:

  • Extensive support and mentoring on teaching and how to be an effective teacher.
  • Continuous feedback. We survey the students two times over the course of the ~12 weeks of the semester. This is in addition to the end-of-semester survey conducted officially by Harvard college (those who score a 4.5 and above receive a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.
  • A course staff that really cares about teaching and mentoring. Last year seven out of eight members of our course staff received the Bok award.
  • Upon request, the Bok center can provide additional feedback on videotaped teaching sessions.
  • An excellent and fun environment to work, learn, network, and teach.
  • A very motivated group of undergraduate students.

To apply

We are looking for graduate students or post-docs who are excited about teaching students the principles of molecular and cellular biology.

Please email at becuwe@fas.harvard.edu and include your CV with references preferably ones that can comment on teaching.


Course Description
Neuro/MCB 80 aims to provide an in-depth introduction into the fundamentals of the brain and neuroscience. The teaching staff, lead by Professor Jeff Lichtman, aims 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 including sensory systems and motor systems before finishing with neurodevelopment, and “higher” cognitive topics.
We will be modifying the structure of the course and applying what we have learned the past several years. This year the course will be a hybrid or partially “flipped” format. Students will be responsible to watch 2 asynchronous lectures (or lecture equivalents) each week online. Then throughout the semester, Tuesday in class “lectures” will feature demonstrations, guest lectures and activities that apply the concepts discussed in the video lectures. Thursday in class “lectures” will be a review and an opportunity for the students to ask questions to the course leaders. The weekly discussion sections will be lead by you the TF, where students  will discuss the material, work in small groups, practice problems, and try small neuroscience labs and demos.
There are no pre-requisites for the class and it is the foundational course for students who plan to concentrate in Neuroscience.
Note: this is the plan as of May 2021, however if we have learned anything recently, we know things may change. We will update the TFs as soon as we are aware of any changes.


• Watch/review video lectures:
• Run a weekly 75 min discussion section (in person) on Thursdays or Fridays for ~16 students
• Grade problem sets
• Help monitor the online chat boards/answer student questions
• Hold weekly or biweekly office hours
• Attend weekly staff meetings
• Optional: Attend in person guest lectures and review sessions T, Th 10:30-11:45
• Class runs 9/1/21 – 12/2/21. Final will be held during exam period: 12/9-12/18 Total commitment ~10-14 hrs/week

We will hold training sessions in August, featuring: teaching scientific course material, grading, leading group work and a micro-section practice. Training sessions are planned for 8/5 or 8/17. You would only need to attend one of the sessions and alternate arrangements can be made as needed.
To Apply or for questions
Contact Neuroscience Preceptor: Kathleen Quast (kquast@fas.harvard.edu).
Compensation (2020): Senior rate: $11,040; Junior rate: $9,840


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 Hopi Hoekstra, Andrew Berry, and Pardis Sabeti.

Teaching Fellow Duties: 

Teaching Fellows (TFs) lead a weekly Zoom 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 a lab pre-run and teaching training (2nd or 3rd week of January, TBD). All of the course components will be via Zoom. TFs are compensated $11,350 (post-docs and G3+) or $10,116 (G1 or G2, and some TAs) per section taught for the semester.

To Apply for a Position: 

Go to https://www.mcb.harvard.edu/job-opportunities/teaching-positions/, fill out an application, and email it to lsci1b@fas.harvard.edu, 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 September. 

** Final hiring contingent on student enrollment**”


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 300 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, photosynthesis, cellular respiration and drug design. These concepts are then applied to the treatment of viral infections.



  • Lectures: 9/2/2021 – 12/2/2021
  • Section: 9/8/2021 – 12/3/2021



  • Attend lectures
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Prepare and lead one discussion & laboratory section (~3 hours) per week (12 sections/semester; size: ~12-16 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 two days of TF training in August (tentatively 8/10 & 8/11)


Total time commitment is 0.4 FTE


To apply:

Please email at lsci1a@fas.harvard.edu and include your CV. We will be conducting interviews and hiring primarily in the months of May and June. Final hiring is contingent on student enrollment.