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The Center for Quantitative Science (CQS) is accepting part-time (50% FTE) Teaching Assistant applications for Autumn 2024 for the courses listed below.

The priority deadline is Friday, April 12, 2024, but we will accept applications until the positions are filled.



Q SCI 291: Q SCI 291 Calculus for Natural Systems I: Derivatives (In person)

·         Up to 2 TA positions, pending enrollment numbers

·         Instructor: TBD

Q SCI 381: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (In person)

·         Up to 3 TA positions, pending enrollment numbers

·         Instructor: Andre Punt

Q SCI 482: Statistical Inference in Applied Research I (In person)

·         1 TA position

·         Instructor: TBD


Teaching Assistant (TA) Position Description



  • TAs at 50% FTE should expect to average approximately 20 hours/week, 220 hours for the quarter
  • Providing occasional lectures
  • Running labs, help sessions, and recitation sessions
  • Grading homework and exams
  • Maintaining office hours
  • TAs are generally expected to attend the courses to which they are assigned


  • For Q SCI 291, must be competent in calculus
  • For Q SCI 381, must be competent in statistics and have familiarity with R
  • For QSCI 482, must be comfortable with R and the material covered in QSCI 482 (or a similar course) and well versed in R-coding.
  • Current academic standing as a UW Graduate Student and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship
  • Availability for full appointment and class time frame (see appointment dates above)
  • Background and enthusiasm to communicate effectively with biology, zoology, conservation, ecology, and natural resource management students
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration


  • A 50% FTE Teaching Assistantship pays a stipend that varies depending on graduate level as indicated on Schedule 1 of the UW TA Salary Chart.  Contact the Center for Quantitative Science office for more information on stipend levels.
  • Teaching Assistants will be required to register for a minimum of 10 credits per quarter that they hold an Assistantship.
  • The operating fee (including tuition) will be paid by CQS.  However, the successful applicant will be responsible for paying any student fees (approximately $265).
  • Graduate Appointee accident/sickness insurance will be provided.
  • This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions.


Application Process:


Application Deadline: The priority deadline is Friday, April 12, 2024, but we will accept applications until the positions are filled. Applicants will be notified by email of our decision.


Submit the following to owense@uw.edu:


  • Resume/CV (in PDF format):
    • Include your home department, advisor, and academic status (“Masters Student”, “PhD Student, but haven’t completed general exam”, or “PhD Student, completed general exam”).
    • List all previous TA and reader/grader positions held for any UW department. Include your evaluation score for each position.


  • Cover letter including (in PDF format):
    • Brief statement of how your skills and experiences are a match for the position
    • List the specific Q SCI TA position(s) you are applying for
    • List Q SCI or equivalent courses you have completed
    • List any Q SCI TA positions you have applied for in the past, both positions you were offered and ones you were not offered. (This information will be used to help us distribute TA positions more equitably.)


Questions?  Contact owense@uw.edu.


The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450/206.543.6452 (tty) or dso@u.washington.edu.


Beth Gardner

Director, Center for Quantitative Sciences

Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington