MDS-CL Teaching Assistant Position: 2023-2024 Academic Year

Teaching Assistant Positions: 2023-2024 Academic Year 

The Master of Data Science- Computational Linguistics invites UBC students to submit an application to work as a Teaching Assistant (TA) in the upcoming academic year (September 2023 through August 2024). 

Please note that TAs must complete the work from within the province (BC) during the employment period – that is, even for an online course, TAs may not work from abroad. 

Duties include: 

  • Attending all course lectures. For an online course, this includes helping to manage chat/discussions/breakout rooms. 
  • Leading tutorials (for those courses with tutorials). 
  • Participating in training and orientation sessions. 
  • Facilitating small group activities and conversations. 
  • Marking assignments and assessments. 
  • Entering grades in Canvas. 
  • Proofreading materials and assignment instructions. 
  • Responding to student e-mails and questions in a timely manner. 
  • Meeting with the course instructor regularly; ensuring collegial and functional communication. 


Wage is determined by the student’s classification according to the CUPE 2278 Collective Agreement ( ): 

  • Undergraduate students (UTA I classification) will receive $25.63/hour. 
  • Graduate students with less than two years’ service as a TA (GTA II classification) will receive $37.53/hour. 
  • Graduate students who have completed two years’ service as a GTA (GTA I classification) will receive $38.99/hour. 


MDS-CL courses (October to December 2023): 

Each MDS-CL course is held for 5 weeks, called a “block”. This TA appointment would be 12 hours of work per week (120 hours over the term) over 2 courses (one per block) under the direction of the course instructor(s). The appointment is referred to as a “cluster”.   

The TA appointment cluster consists of the following two courses: 

  • DSCI 512 Section 002 (In-person) – Oct 6, 2023 to Nov 09, 2023: Lectures Tu/Th 11:00am -12:30pm; Labs W 2:00pm-6:00pm (Led by a Lab Instructor); and    
  • COLX 521 Section 001 (In-person) – Nov 13, 2023 to Dec 13, 2023: Lectures MW 11:00am- 12:30pm; Labs M 2:00pm-6:00pm (Led by a Lab Instructor)   

To Apply: 

Applications must be submitted byMonday, September 18, 2023 at 9:00amvia this form:  Applications must include: 

  • Brief cover letter outlining your experience for the position; 
  • Curriculum vitae (CV); and 
  • Contact details of two referees who can speak to your suitability for the role.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Hiring decisions are made in accordance with UBC’s hiring practices ( and the collective agreement made between UBC and CUPE 2278. 

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. The positions listed in the links noted above are subject to budgetary approval and conditional upon satisfactory enrollment. Scheduled days of the week, times and assigned rooms are also subject to change. 

For inquiries about the application process, please email For inquiries regarding the courses and/or qualifications, please email