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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 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**”



MCB/NEURO 148: The Neurobiology of Pain, Fall 2020 (times to be determined)
This course explores 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 is on understanding basic neurobiological concepts underlying pain systems and reading/discussing the primary scientific research in the field.
TF duties include leading the discussion section, helping students prepare journal club style presentations, holding office hours, grading, and (optional) giving a lecture during the semester. Research background in pain-related neuroscience is not required, but a background in molecular or cellular neuroscience is helpful. For more information, contact Dr. Ryan Draft,draft@fas.harvard.edu.



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 320 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: 9/3/2020 – 12/3/2020
  • Section: 9/9/2020 – 12/4/2020



  • Attend all lectures.
  • Attend all staff meetings
  • 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 two days of TF training in August (8/10 & 8/11)


Total commitment is 10-12 hours per week


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.

TF/TA positions for Fall 2020

MCB 60: Cellular Biology and Molecular Medicine


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.


· Attend the lab training before the start of the semester (about half-day, week-long).

· Attend all lectures (3h/week, MWF). Facilitate discussion and encourage participation from students during class.

· Hold weekly open office hour (1h/week).

· Attend weekly staff meeting.

· Run a weekly 3-hour lab/discussion section comprising of ~16 students.

· Grade weekly lab notebooks and 6 problem sets for the students in their sections.

· Grade assignments

· Grade final project reports.

· Grade final oral presentations.

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 michel.becuwe@gmail.com and include your CV with references preferably ones that can comment on teaching.