UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars

Transition School Biology Lab Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

Role Description

Job Title: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Hourly Salary: $17.79/hr
Working Hours: Up to 10 hours/week
Dates: September 19, 2022 - March 31, 2023

Program Description:

The Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars offers Transition School (TS), an early entrance program for a small cohort of academically advanced and accelerated young students each academic year. TS is a two-step program, consisting of one intensive year of college preparatory courses, followed by matriculation and full-time enrollment at the UW in the subsequent years. TS offers highly capable students a fast-paced, challenging curriculum in varying subject matters.

Position Description:

The Robinson Center for Young Scholars is currently seeking a temporary, hourly undergraduate teaching assistant to support the Biology Instructor with the laboratory component of the TS Biology course. The lab components are offered during the Fall and Winter quarters.
The teaching assistant will: assist the TS instructor with all aspects of laboratory instruction and student learning; be responsible for attending all laboratory class sessions; be assigned work from, and be supervised by, the TS Instructor; complete accurate time sheets in a timely manner; report to the TS Principal.
This position requires availability up to 10 hours per week, including setup and cleanup of TS Biology labs as directed by the TS Biology Instructor, and attendance and support of student learning during all TS Biology lab sessions. The anticipated start date for this position is September 12, 2022 to ensure preparation of the laboratory space and organization of course materials.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Assist the TS instructor with all aspects of laboratory instruction and student learning, including setup, maintenance, and clean up of course materials moved across campus
  • Support the instructor in designing and conducting introductory Biology laboratories
  • Attend all laboratory class sessions
  • Attend training on laboratory safety
  • Assist with supervision of students to ensure safety during laboratory activities
  • Support classroom activities including facilitating small group discussions
  • Assist in performing experiments or demonstrations under the supervision of the TS Biology Instructor
  • Document student work and progress towards learning outcomes
  • Provide the instructor with feedback regarding individual and collective student knowledge and skills in laboratory activities
  • Share observations with Instructor to support student assessments and progress reports
  • Provide extended learning opportunities/Office Hours as needed to support lab-focused outcomes
  • Complete accurate timesheets in a timely manner
  • Be assigned other related work from, and be supervised by, the TS Instructor
  • Report to the TS Principal


  • Be enrolled as a UW undergraduate or graduate student during the academic year
  • Be at least 18 years of age by September 16, 2022;
  • Majoring in lab-based science;
  • Ability to attend all laboratory sessions;
  • Ability to meet in person with the instructor during regular working hours;
  • Able to attend required trainings and TS Teaching Assistant meetings as needed
  • Make a positive contribution to the Transition School cohort and RC community
  • Complete required training(s) related to working with minors as provided by the Office of the Youth Protection Coordinator
  • A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.
  • Complete sexual misconduct declaration form


  • Experience as teacher aide or assistant in lab setting
  • Experience working with and/or mentoring youth (pre-college age) in an educational setting;
  • Major in Biology or closely related field;
  • Experience in Biology research, either as undergraduate student or research assistant;
As an undergraduate Academic Student Employee (ASE) position the Teaching Assistant is required to attend an orientation with the union in mid-September and complete the sexual harassment and prevention training.
The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To apply:

Send a single Word or PDF document including resume, brief cover letter that includes statement of interest and any relevant academic or other work experience, and unofficial transcript(s) to RCTS@uw.edu.

The application deadline is September 9, 2022 at 5pm. Selection will begin September 12, 2022 with interviews beginning September 13, 2022. Notifications will be made by September 23, 2022.