INTERIM ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEACHING ASSISTANT POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSIOLOGY

For the 2015-16 Academic Year

The following jobs are posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Collective agreement.
Departmental hiring policy is available in the department of Physiology office and at the CUPE 3902 office. 
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Application deadline: Friday, July 10, 2015

Salaries:

The current rate of pay for a UG/SGS1/SGS11/PDF) is $42.05/42.05/42.05/42.05 respectively, per hour, in accordance with the CUPE collective agreement.

The estimated number of positions, approximate hours of work, and dates of employment, required qualifications, and a brief description of the duties are listed below for the following courses where positions are expected to be available. Actual number of positions will depend on student enrolment. Second, and where applicable, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth appointments will be offered to eligible graduate students who held previous appointments.

**Undergraduate Courses**

PSL201Y: Basic Human Physiology

1 position: approximately 30 hours. Fall/Spring terms. Estimated course enrolment - 160
This is an introductory physiology course for students in the functioning of the human body. It is intended for students who have an interest in or a need for a basic course in Human Physiology. The course consists of an Active Learning component consisting of computer based laboratory simulations, which the students have purchased along with the textbook. Strong physiological background is required, with an awareness of objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of course director. Contact hours will consist of weekly office hours in person and on-line.

PSL280H: Introduction to Physiologic Adaptations of Marine Mammals

4 positions: 1 position 65 hours/1 position 45 hours/2 at 40 hours. Spring term. Course enrolment - 160
This is an introductory course providing generalized systems overview of physiology and relevant anatomy with a focus on marine mammals in their aquatic environment. A systems approach will be used to highlight their unique features including cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, urinary, and reproductive systems. Relevant nervous and endocrine physiology will also be introduced. Whenever possible, comparisons to human conditions and advanced physiology courses such as adaptations to aquatic environment/diving (PSL480) and others. Course consists of 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of laboratory per week.

TA Candidate must have BIO150, or BIO120/130 and ideally have marine mammal anatomy/physiology experience and/or exposure. TA experience preferred. TAs (4) will all conduct lab demonstrations and invigilation; one TA will also administer the course while another will assist with contact hours and correspondence; these TA's will also assist with grading.

PSL300H: Human Physiology I (for Arts and Science students)

3 positions: Fall Term. Approximately 60 hours. Estimated course enrolment - 1000
This is the first of a 2-course sequence designed to provide general coverage of all major areas of human physiology. PSL300H covers neurophysiology, the endocrine and reproductive systems. This course is intended for students proceeding to a specialist or major degree in physiology, or for those specializing in other disciplines, which require a thorough grounding in physiological principles. The course includes tutorials after each major topic to reinforce the lecture material. Strong physiological background is required. Teaching Assistants must be aware of objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director. There are 8 contact hours per tutorial a week; 5 tutorial weeks occur in the fall term, scheduled at irregular intervals.

PSL301H Human Physiology II (for Arts and Science students)

3 positions: Winter Term. Approximately 55 hours. Estimated course enrolment - 900
This is the second of a 2-course sequence designed to provide general coverage of all major areas of human physiology. PSL301H covers the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, blood/immune and gastrointestinal systems. This course is intended for students proceeding to a specialist or major degree in physiology, or for those specializing in other disciplines, which require a thorough grounding in physiological principles. The course includes tutorials after each major topic to reinforce the lecture material. Strong physiological background is required. Teaching Assistants must be aware of objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director. There are 8 contact hours per tutorial a week; 4 tutorial weeks occur in the winter term, scheduled at irregular intervals.

PSL305H: Topics in Cellular, Molecular and Organismic Physiology II (Arts and Science)

1 position: approximately 20 hours. Spring term. Estimated course enrolment - 30
A strong background in physiology is essential. This position will involve assisting with Neuroscience computer tutorials and/or marking Neuroscience term tests.

PSL350H: Mammalian Molecular Biology (Arts and Science)

1 position: approximately 30 hours. Spring term. Estimated course enrolment - 100
This course focuses on the application of molecular biology to disease and complex behaviors. The teaching assistant will assist the course director and oversee student help sessions throughout the term, including invigilation. The TA will have course experience and a sound knowledge of BIO250Y (or BIO130H/230H).

PSL372H: Mammalian Physiology Laboratory (Arts and Science)

8 positions: approximately 90 hours; Every Friday in the Fall term. Estimated course enrolment - 140
This is a lab course covering selected topics in physiology. The students apply a number of physiological principles on themselves and experimental animals to understand how the body works. Typically, the demonstrators are Ph.D. candidates who have completed at least one year of the physiology laboratory classes. They demonstrate, teach, supervise, anaesthetize animals, evaluate reports, and invigilate exams.

PSL374H: Advanced Physiology Laboratory (Arts and Science)

6 positions: approximately 25 hours; every Wednesday in the Spring term. Estimated course enrolment - 30
This is an advanced laboratory course in physiology focused on the integration of organ systems to understand the control mechanisms of body function. This course is designed to teach laboratory techniques and challenge the students with problem-solving skills. The labs include a variety of topics which build on the experience of PSL372H course that the students will be taking concurrently. Typically, the demonstrators are senior Ph.D. candidates with extensive experience in laboratory teaching in physiology. They demonstrate, teach, supervise, anaesthetize animals, evaluate reports, and invigilate exams and moderate symposia and other student presentations.

PSL420H: Reproduction 1 - Development and Function

1 position: approximately 50 hours. Fall Term. Estimated course enrolment - 40
This course is designed to give students an in-depth review of the physiology of the reproductive system, focusing on the functions of the male and female gonads, the endocrine regulation of the reproductive system, reproductive behavior, fertilization and implantation. The course consists of 13 2hr. lectures, each dealing with a specific aspect of reproductive function. The candidate must have taken PSL420H and possess a sound knowledge of reproductive physiology. The role of the TA is to assist in marking the examination reports and assist in creating a website and downloading the teaching notes.
 
PSL421H: Reproduction 2 - Pregnancy and Birth

1 position: approximately 55 hours. Spring Term. Estimated course enrolment - 40
This course will provide a general overview of the integrated physiologic events associated with pregnancy and birth. Where appropriate, the clinical consequences of aberrant development will be reviewed.
The candidate must possess a sound knowledge of reproductive physiology. The role of the TA is to liaise with students and faculty, assist in marking the examination reports, create a website, and download the teaching notes.

PSL425H/1425H - Integrative Metabolism and its Endocrine Regulation

1 position: approximately 55 hours. Fall term. Estimated course enrolment - 40
This course will provide the student with current perspectives on metabolism and its endocrine regulation and emphasize the potential of the endocrine and metabolic field of investigation in obesity and diabetes research. The goal is to integrate the newest findings and experimental approaches from cellular and molecular areas into metabolic function at the tissue, organ and whole body level. Qualifications: Appropriate background for the course. The candidate must possess a sound knowledge of physiology and metabolism. The candidate should be/have been enrolled in a MSc or PhD program in The Department of Physiology. Duties: The role of the TA is to assist in marking the examination reports, assist in creating, developing and maintaining the course website, and uploading the teaching notes and various course-related materials. Ultimately, duties will be defined by the instructor of the course, and may include preparation for classes, tutorials, marking reports, mid-term and final exam invigilation.


PSL432H: Theoretical Physiology (Arts and Science)

1 position: approximately 55 hours. Spring term. Estimated course enrolment - 13
The teaching assistant is required to mark four problem sets and one term test. Sound knowledge of mathematics, physics and physiology is absolutely essential. TA candidate should be familiar with PSL432H course material.

PSL440Y - Neuroscience 1 - Systems & Behaviour

1 position: approximately 20 hours. Fall/Spring terms. Estimated course enrolment - 40
This course describes the relationship between the brain and behavior including sensory systems (e.g., visual, somatosensory, and auditory) and motor control (body, limb and eye movements). There may also be sections on the emotions, cognitive neuroscience, and other related topics. The candidate must possess a sound knowledge of neuroscience and should be enrolled in a MSc or PhD program in The Department of Physiology. Duties will be defined by the instructor of the course, and may include preparation for classes, updating the course website, assistance with administering and marking tests and exams, and mid-term and final exam invigilation.


PSL452H – Membrane Physiology

1 position: approximately 35 hours.  Fall Term.  Estimated course enrolment – 40  
This course is designed for students interested in understanding essential elements and fundamental mechanisms underlying membrane excitability of cells as neurons, myocytes, and endocrine cells. It highlights the biophysical properties and molecular structure of voltage-gated and ligand-gated ion channels and covers major classes of ion channels and their integrative role in controlling membrane excitability and cell physiology. Current and past perspectives of ion channel research are discussed. The TA will have completed PSL452/1452. Duties include assisting with collecting and marking assignments, including essays, and assisting with final exams.                                                           

PSL470H: Developmental Cardiovascular Physiology

2 positions: 1 position 100 hours, 1 position 40 hours. Spring Term. Estimated course enrolment - 120
This course covers the development of the cardiovascular system from conception to adulthood with particular emphasis on the progressive maturational changes from fetus to adult, age related differences and developmental problems.  The candidate must have taken the graduate course PSL1060 and have experience in the developmental cardiovascular area. Previous TA experience is preferred. The TA will assist the course director and oversee student help sessions throughout the term.

PSL472H: Sleep Physiology

1 position: approximately 50 hours. Winter term. Estimated course enrolment - 40
This course provides students with current perspectives on the neurobiology of sleep and arousal state regulation including the interactions of homeostatic and circadian regulation, and the mechanistic basis for changes in physiological function across states. At all stages of the course, the integrative nature of these basic physiological processes are emphasized via discussions and clinical presentations. The goal is to bring together current perspectives from molecules and cells to understanding the sick patient.  Qualifications and appropriate background for the course: The candidate must have taken PSL472 and possess a sound knowledge of integrative physiology and neuroscience. The candidate should be/have been enrolled in a MSc or PhD program. Duties involve marking a term test, assignments and the final exam. 


PSL480H: Physiological Adaptation to a Marine Environment

2 positions: 1 position 80 hours, 1 position 60 hours. Fall term. Estimated course enrolment - 60
This specialized course will compare and contrast the physiologic and anatomical adaptations experienced by the different species of marine mammals in contrast to humans.  The candidates will ideally have marine mammal anatomy/physiology experience/exposure and have at least 2 years TA experience. The individuals will assist the course director and oversee student help sessions throughout the term. 

**Graduate Course**

PSL1026H: Advanced Topics: Experimental Cell Physiology      

8 positions: approximately 3-12 hours. Fall Term. Estimated course enrollment – 8                                              
This course presents experimental approaches to cell physiology, with particular attention to electrical and optical recordings and how these measurements can be employed to study the intrinsic membrane properties of various cell types, and the mechanisms of cell signaling and secretion.  The main objective of the course is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to understand physiological techniques commonly used in multiple fields, including neurobiology, endocrinology, cardiovascular, respiratory, developmental, and reproductive physiology.  The focus is on assisting students with contemporary understanding of the principles of selected techniques and provides opportunities to participate and observe hands-on experiments.  Teaching Assistants are expected to have technical expertise and understanding of the principals of patch-clamp recording techniques; the principals of brain slice preparation and field recording techniques; the principals of calcium imaging and other dynamic optical imaging; and the principles of animal models and particular human diseases.
       

**On-Line Courses**

SCS2159: Basic Human Physiology

3 Positions: 60 hours each, 1 position in each session Fall/Spring/Summer. Estimated course enrollment: 80
This is an introductory physiology course for students in the functioning of the human body. It is intended for students who have an interest in or a need for a basic course in Human Physiology. The course consists of weekly on-line lectures and an active learning component consisting of laboratory simulations, which the students have purchased along with the textbook. Strong physiology background is required, with an awareness of objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director. Contact hours will consist of weekly virtual office hours and daily monitoring of the discussion board.

PAP113H1: Physiology for the Physician Assistant Program

1 Position: approximately 60 hours. TBA Term. Estimated course enrolment - 25
This is a required introductory physiology course for students in the functioning of the human body. It is intended for Physician Assistant Program students as part of their required curriculum. The course consists of weekly on-line lectures and an active learning component consisting of laboratory simulations, which the students have purchased along with the textbooks. Strong physiological background is required, with an awareness of objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director. Contact hours will consist of weekly virtual hours and daily monitoring of the discussion board.

PSRD120/MRS160: Physiology for Medical Radiation Science Students

1 Position: Approximately 60 hours. Spring Term. Estimated course enrolment - 100
This is a required introductory physiology course for students in the functioning of the human body. It is intended for Medical Radiation Science students (Michener Institute) as part of their required curriculum. The course consists of weekly online lectures. Strong physiological background is required with an awareness of objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director. Contact hours will consist of weekly virtual office hours and daily monitoring of the discussion board.

 PSL205H: Basic Human Physiology for Pharmacy Students 

1 Position: Approximately 60 hours. Fall Term. Estimated course enrolment - 100
This is a required introductory physiology course for students in the functioning of the human body. It is intended for Pharmacy Students as part of their required curriculum. The course consists of weekly online lectures. Strong physiological background is required with an awareness of objectives and basic physiology to the satisfaction of the course director. Contact hours will consist of weekly virtual office hours and daily monitoring of the discussion board.

**Hiring Policy:
The departmental hiring policy is available in Room 3209, Medical Sciences Building, and at the CUPE office.   
Employment Equity Statement:
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contibute to the further diversification of ideas.

 

 To Apply:
Click here to obtain an Application Form. Application deadline: Friday, July 10, 2015. Submit applications to Colleen Shea via email at colleen.shea@utoronto.ca or hand deliver to Medical Sciences Building, Room 3209. All TA Application Forms must be accompanied by a short-version CV (2 pg. maximum).