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Graduate Student Teaching Assistant - NeURO program

Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Opportunity, NeURO, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant



The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute’s Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Opportunity (NeURO) fellowship program immerses undergraduates into the world of neuroscience research. The NeURO program was designed to advance and support students who have not previously had access to laboratory research experiences, and students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields. Graduate students who have personal or professional experiences related to this goal are particularly encouraged to apply.

NeURO fellows work part-time in host labs in the spring and full-time in summer quarter. In addition, they will enroll NeURO program courses - led by this grad student TA - that teach skills foundational to their success in a lab environment, including scientific literacy and communication (spring quarter) and foundational neuroscience concepts (summer quarter).

Learn more about the NeURO program


The Teaching Assistant will work closely with Elise Kleeman, Wu Tsai Neuro's Associate Director for Training and Fellowships, and the program’s faculty mentors to lead the spring and summer quarter courses. Courses will be based on an active learning curriculum and materials developed and updated by previous course TAs, with modifications as desired.
In addition, the Teaching Assistant will be involved in the cohort's selection process and onboarding, and will provide mentorship and community building opportunities for the students.

Additional duties may include:

  • 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 - particularly with active learning methods - 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 2021-2022 academic year


25% graduate student Teaching Assistantship for winter and spring and summer quarters of 2022.



Via Handshake, please submit:

  • a cover letter describing your background, qualifications, and interest
  • a resume/CV
  • a letter of support from your faculty mentor stating that you have their approval to take on this TA position
  • a list of three references (including name, relationship to you, email and phone number)

In your cover letter, please include paragraphs addressing your: 1) teaching experience, including any experience with active learning methods, 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. You must have your faculty mentor's support that you can take on this commitment in order to submit an application.

Do not hesitate to email Elise Kleeman ( with any questions about this position.

Application deadline: Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, 5pm PT.