Statistics for Bioinformatics Teaching Assistant Fall 2018

Update: August 2018

Many thanks to all who expressed interested in the TA-ship. The position (for fall) is now filled for fall 2018.



Do you think statistics is fun or at least extremely useful?

Did you know that one of the best ways to master a topic is to teach it to others? Are you a student in the Bioinformatics masters or PhD program?

Do you like getting paid to learn and help others?

If yes, you should consider becoming the Fall 2018 Teaching Assistant for BINF 3121 – Statistics for Bioinformatics.

(BINF 3121 is a required course in the undergraduate bioinformatics program, with class size typically between 5 and 10 students.)


  • Attend class and help with in-class exercises
  • Class meets one day a week –  Tuesday 2:30 to 5:15 in BINF 217
  • Some grading, using answer key provided by instructor (often can be done in class)
  • Tutor students one-on-one or in groups as needed
  • Hold frequent office hours (ideally 1 to 1.5 hours four days per week)

Comment on office hours: Most undergraduate students have demanding schedules – one or two jobs, many classes, and also family obligations. So it is very hard to ensure that everyone can come to offices hours if we hold them only one or two times per week. At the same time, many students need a lot of one-on-one help with programming assignments. For these reasons, the TA needs to hold frequent office hours. Most of the time, you’ll be able to work on your own studies during the office hours, but you’ll need to have the kind of research or class schedule would make this schedule productive for both yourself and the students. If you work in a lab or live far from the University, being a TA for this class might not be the best option for you.

Required qualifications:

  • Must be a student in the Bioinformatics masters or PhD programs
  • Received B grade or better in Bioinformatics Dept. statistics course (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of R programming (or willingness and ability to learn quickly!)
  • Good at explaining and demystifying complicated topics

Other useful info:

  • Workload rarely exceeds 10 hours/week, depending on student needs
  • Rate of pay is around $1000/month, depending on experience & qualifications
  • BINF 3121 is usually offered every semester – teaching BINF 3121 could become a steady gig depending on how things go!

To apply, contact Lauren Slane at and Dr. Ann Loraine at