CHEM 1x2 Teaching Assistant Program

TA Applications are currently CLOSED for the 2023-24 Academic Year

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The Department of Chemistry typically fills TA assignments with PhD track graduate students.  Occasionally we need to hire additional TAs to cover a shortage.  Questions can be sent to Eric Camp.  See below for more details.

Application Requirements

To be a TA you must have:

  • Have a degree in Chemistry or are an Undergraduate Chemistry/Biochemistry major in your third or fourth year.
  • Strong grades in Chem 142,152,162 (or equivalent courses).
  • Have the ability to attend all in-person meeting times (approx. 7hr/week per section) that includes but is not limited to: 
    • Scheduled Quiz and lab times
    • Weekly lab trainings and weekly lecture meetings
    • Scheduled office hours
    • Occasional proctoring for exams during lecture time
  •  Passion for teaching and interest in chemistry

You must also:

  • Be legally eligible to work in the USA
  • Registered for at least 6 credits per quarter during the academic year (Aut-Spr).
  • Not have any paid obligations through the UW that will cause you to work over 20hrs/week.

Time Commitments and Duties

TAs have significant time obligations of approximately 8-20hrs/week.  Undergraduates are limited to one section while graduate students typically TA two sections.  TAs are required to attend all meetings, trainings, and course obligations.  Grading is to be processed promptly as per the course instructor's guidelines.  You are expected to be available to work during the entirety of the quarter.  The following is a breakdown of a typical single section of 1x2 (actual schedule varies by course and section).

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lab Training Quiz Section Lab Office hours Lecture Meeting
1hr 1hr 3hrs 1hr 1hr
  • Additional 3hrs of time will be spent on grading throughout the week and weekends.
  • Job duties may shift during the quarter as needed.  For instance there are no labs during finals week but you are expected to help grade the final.


The starting pay for new TAs is $23.00/hour. TAs will receive hourly rate increases based on the number of quarters of experience as a TA. For more information visit the Undergrad TA Salary page

All TAs are protected by the UAW 4121 union (which protects all Student Academic Employees on all three UW campuses.) For more information visit their site at

New TA Training:

TAs are well supported by faculty and staff in the Dept of Chemistry.  To see more about TA support, visit our TA resource page

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