Harvard University - Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

TEACHING FELLOW POSITIONS

3 positions are posted.

Application forms for Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Course Graders, and Undergraduate Course Assistants are available here.



posted: July 27, 2016

TFs and TAs for Fall 2016 MCB60: Cellular Biology and Molecular Medicine

Instructor

Marty Samuels, Dominic Mao and Alexander Schier

Description

Schedule: Fall Term (starts August 31 2016), Lecture MWF 10-11am + 3-hour weekly laboratory.
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 laboratory segment is a discovery-based, semester-long project on DNA damage response using yeast as a model organism. Course text: Essential cell biology, 4th edition.
Three of our TFs from fall 2015 received certificates of distinction in teaching. .
Teaching Fellows/Assistants for Harvard University undergraduate course. The position is compensated at 0.4 FTE.

Duties

• Attend all lectures (MWF 10-11 AM) • Run weekly lab sections (3 hours per week) • Office hours (1 hour per week)

To Apply

Interested candidates should have a basic understanding of Molecular and Cellular Biology and submit a CV highlighting relevant research and teaching experience by email to: dominicmao@g.harvard.edu.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2016

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posted: July 27, 2016

TFs and TAs for Spring 2017 MCB68: Cellular Biology through the Microscope

Instructor

Jeff Lichtman and Ethan Garner

Description

Schedule: Spring Term (starts Jan 24, 2017), Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday 1-2:30 pm + 3-hour weekly laboratory.
Course description: MCB68 is focused on discovery both in the classroom and the lab. In class, MCB68 teaches how key cell biological processes work via the historical narrative of their discovery and elucidation. For each process, students are shown the initial observation of each problem, then lead through the scientific rationale and sequence of experiments that contributed to our current understandings. As many discoveries in cell biology became possible due to advances in microscopy, these two fields are taught in parallel: alternating between the fundamentals of each microscopic approach and how each new approach allowed a new window of understanding into the cell. MCB68 labs are designed to teach students to discover through microscopy. Students are first trained (in 4 labs) how to be good microscopists, and then set free to explore the world in two independent projects: In the first they explore samples of their own choosing using conventional light microscopy. In the second, students are given access to a wide array of advanced organisms (genetically modified cell lines, worms, slime molds, plants, brain slices, zebrafish.) and access to state-of-the-art microscopes at the Harvard Center for Biological Imaging (HCBI). Through this, students get a sense of what it is like to conduct cutting-edge research with high-end equipment, as they have first-hand access to both advanced technology and modern experimental organisms. Teaching Fellows/Assistants for Harvard University undergraduate course. The position is compensated at 0.4 FTE.

Duties

• Attend all lectures • Run weekly lab sections (3 hours per week) • Mentor students on independent projects

To Apply

Interested candidates should have operational knowledge of microscopy and submit a CV highlighting relevant research and teaching experience by email to dominicmao@g.harvard.edu.

Application Deadline: February 10, 2017

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posted: August 09, 2016

TFs and TAs for Fall 2016 Life Sciences 1a, an introductory class to the Life Sciences, which integrates chemistry and biology

Description

Life Sciences 1a is a fall-semester survey course that integrates general chemistry, organic chemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology at the introductory level. The course is large (typically about 500 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 and chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).

Duties


• First day of class: Thursday, Sept 1st

• First section: week of Sept 7th-9th (sections occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays)

• Last section: week of Dec 1st-3rd

• Last day of class: Tuesday, Dec 1st

• Final exam: Sometime between Dec 9th-20th (scheduled by the registrar’s office)

• Section size: ~16 students

• Lectures (1.5 hours): Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-2:30 pm, Science Center Hall B

• Staff meetings (1 hr): Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 pm

TF/TAs are responsible for leading one combined discussion sections and lab per week (3 hours):

Wednesdays: 1-4pm, 3-6pm, and 6-9pm

Thursdays: 8:30am, 3-6pm, 7-10pm

Fridays 10am – 1pm, 1-4pm

TF Responsibilities:
• Pre-run all laboratory experiments and attend one of each three TF training sessions

• Attend all class lectures and every staff meeting Tuesday after class

• Prepare and lead a 60 to 90 minute discussion section each week (12 in total). Immediately after each 60-90min discussion section, you are responsible for leading them through a short laboratory exercise. (We send out weekly TF notes and worksheets to guide each section and lab activity.)

• Grade all problem sets and lab assignments and return them to your students by the following week.

• Hold office hours (at least 1 hour/week) and be available to answer student questions.

• Lead a review session for the final exam and/or proctor (and potentially grade) the final exam.

TF Training:
You would be expected to attend one of each of the three parts of TF training outlined below

•Part 1 (“Nano”): Public speaking practice; select one of three possible 2hr sessions (Date of the three possible training sessions: TBD, but sometime in July)

•Part 2 (“Micro 1”): Teaching scientific course material; select one of three possible 2hr sessions (Date of the three possible training sessions: TBD, but sometime in late July/early August)

•Part 3 (“Micro 2”): Leading group work/section practice; select one of three possible 2hr sessions (Date of the three possible training sessions: TBD, but sometime in late August)

•Lab pre-run: Practice each of the lab exercises; during the first week in September

Compensation:
Senior rate (G3 or above): $10,600; Junior rate: $9,400

To Apply

Please email the course at lsci1a@fas.harvard.edu and include your CV and a filled out TF or TA application. We will be conducting interviews and hiring primarily in May.

Application Deadline: September 01, 2016

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