STAT 540 – TAs Wanted – Deadline for application – October 15‏

STAT 540 (BIOF 540/GSAT 540) requires two TA’s for term 2.  We usually hire one BIOF student and one GSAT student.  If you are interested in this position, please send me your current CV by Oct 15th.

Thanks, Sharon


Professors Sara Mostafavi (course coordinator) and

Paul Pavlidis are seeking teaching assistants for STAT 540,

cross-listed as BIOF 540 and GSAT 540, for January – April 2014.

Information on the course (e.g., lectures) can be found at this URL, with key facts

stated below:

STAT 540 Statistical methods for high dimensional biology, 3 credits

Instructors: Sara Mostafavi and Paul Pavlidis

TA(s): TBA

03 January 2015 – 08 April 2015

Lecture Mon Wed 9:30 – 11am in ESB 4192

Computing seminar / office hours 11am – 1pm Wed in ESB 1042

TA job Description —————

Qualifications: Ideally you will have taken STAT 540 or have equivalent experience. You should be sufficiently knowledgeable to help students with basic statistics, standard machine learning techniques, R and biology domain questions that will arise, with more weight on the first two. To a certain extent, we can support the students through the combined strengths of the 2 TAs, so it is OK to be stronger in some area(s) than others. We make heavy use of R, the RStudio IDE, R markdown, the knitr R package, pandoc, and git(hub), so you should be experienced with and/or super keen to learn about these things.

Experience with next-generation sequencing data would be a real plus,

as would experience with epigenetic data.

Responsibilities during Jan – Apr 2013:

– Attend (almost) all lectures

– Improve/modify computing seminar material, as needed

– Supervise computing seminars

– Improve/modify the homework assignments, as needed

– Monitor student questions and contributions to the Google group

– Mark the homework assignments

– Assist the instructors with guiding and marking group projects

– Help maintain the course web site

Time commitment: Quoting from the Quick Reference Guide to the CUPE

2278 Collective Agreement: “A full TAship … means 192 hours per

term.” This means that a full TAship averages out to about 12 hours

per week (192 hours / 16 weeks = 12).

Black diamond (cards) GTA I – $31.04/hr (has a graduate degree in the posted discipline OR is enrolled in doctoral program)
Black diamond (cards) GTA II – $29.87/hr (has a bachelor’s degree in the posted discipline OR is enrolled in masters program)

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