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Graduate Student Teaching Assistant

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant



The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute’s new Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Opportunity (NeURO) fellowship program will immerse undergraduates into the world of neuroscience research.

Students will be mentored by host labs in the spring and summer quarters, and will enroll in a 1-unit spring course teaching them scientific literacy, communication and laboratory skills foundational to their success in a lab environment. Students will read scientific articles, give presentations and practice basic wet lab techniques. In the summer, they will participate in a neuroscience immersion course.

The NeURO program was designed to advance and support students who do not previously have laboratory experience, and diverse students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields. Graduate students who have personal or professional experiences related to this goal are particularly encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the NeURO program


The Teaching Assistant will work closely with the Wu Tsai Neuro Scientific Program Manager and the program’s faculty mentors to develop curriculum for the program’s spring quarter course and to lead the course. In addition, the Teaching Assistant will assist the faculty instructor of the summer quarter course. Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Participating in the undergraduate fellows selection process
  • Developing curriculum for the program courses
  • Leading course activities
  • Providing feedback on student assignments
  • Meeting with students 1-on-1 to provide mentorship and discuss research progress and assignments


  • Enrolled as a Stanford PhD student in a STEM field with a research focus on neuroscience [rotating students are not eligible to apply]
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Be a self-starter, independent and proactive
  • Genuine interest in science education and communication
  • Prior teaching experience preferred
  • Personal or professional experience related to the advancement of students from groups underrepresented in STEM or students without prior exposure to research preferred
  • Able to commit to winter, spring and summer quarters during the 2019-2020 academic year


25% graduate student Teaching Assistantship for three quarters (winter 2020 through summer 2020).


Please submit a resume/CV, cover letter describing your background, qualifications, and interest, and a list of three references (including name, relationship to you, email and phone number) via Handshake — Job ID #3294431. 

In your cover letter, please include paragraphs addressing your: 1) teaching experience, 2) mentorship experience, and 3) personal or professional experience related to the advancement of diversity in STEM — including any relevant outcomes for each. 

References can include anybody who can speak to your qualifications, including students, mentees, colleagues or faculty mentors. 

Before submitting your application, you must have your primary faculty mentor’s approval that you can take on this commitment. Please include your PI's name and confirm their approval in your cover letter.

Application deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, 5pm Pacific.

Email Elise Kleeman with questions.