Spring QUARTER 2013/14 APPLICATIONS open FRIday, february 7 and close FRIday, february 21 at NOON.


  • The Department of Physics uses a collaborative learning model (tutorial worksheets and group problem solving) for the 20, 40 and 60 series courses. This model is also encouraged for the other undergraduate courses.
  • Required training for all TA's is provided in Physics 294 (Teaching of Physics) offered Autumn and Winter quarters. TA's may take Physics 294 concurrently with their TA appointment.
  • For TA appplicants who are NOT Physics grad students, preference is given to those who have completed Physics 294 in advance of their application to TA.

Full policies for Teaching Assistantships in Physics can be found in this document -- Teaching Assistantships in the Physics Department: Responsibilities and Hiring Guidelines.


Before you apply, please read the following:

  1. All applicants: Read Requirements for Employment as a TA (page 4) and CA/TA/Grader – Duties and Responsibilities (page 7).
  2. International Students: Those applying for a teaching assistantship for the first time must be screened for readiness to use English in a teaching role (English accuracy, fluency, and communication are evaluated). See http://www.stanford.edu/group/efs/tascreen.html for information on scheduling this exam. You must complete this before we can offer you a Teaching Assitantship.
  3. If you are offered a position and this is your first time as a TA for the Physics Department, you must attend the TA Orientation run by CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning). See the schedule at their website http://www.stanford.edu/dept/CTL/TA/orientation.html.  In addition, you must register for Physics 294, Teaching of Physics (practicum), if you have not already completed it and it is offered that quarter.
  4. Clear your teaching with your research advisor before you accept a Teaching Assitantship -- make sure the time required for teaching is consistent with your advisor's research expectations for you.
  5. Read the course descriptions below. If you wish to apply for a position in a 20, 40 or 60 series course, please also read the Detailed Responsiblities for the relevant course, in the TA Handbook. Then click on the link at the bottom of this page to go to the application:

For detailed desciptions, see the Registrar's Explore Courses website

20 SERIES: Non calculus-based introductory physics for lifescience and pre-medical students; one year sequence, equivalent to AP Physics B or GCE A-level. 21, 23, 25 are lecture courses, 22, 24, 26 are 1 unit pass/fail labs. TA's are assigned to 2 discussion/recitation sections, or to 2 lab sections. 30% TA appointment, 12 hours/wk. Detailed 20/40 series TA Responsiblities (page 8)

  • Physics 21/22: Mechanics and Heat, lecture/lab (Autumn)
  • Physics 23/24: Electricity and Optics, lecture/lab (Winter)
  • Physics 25/26: Modern Physics, lecture/lab (Spring)
  • Physics 21s/23s/25s (Summer)

40 SERIES: calculus-based sequence for physical science and engineering majors, as well as prospective physics majors who may not have the background for the 60 series (see below). Students without much physics background begin the 40 Series in the Winter quarter of their freshman year. Students with AP Physics C background often begin with Physics 45 in the Autumn. Labs are one unit, pass/fail. TA's are assigned either to 2 discussion/recitation sections or to 2 lab sections. 30% TA appointment, 12 hours/wk. Detailed 20/40 series TA Responsiblities (page 8)

  • Physics 45/46: Light and Heat, lecture/lab (Autumn, Summer)
  • Physics 41/42: Mechanics, lecture/lab (Winter)
  • Physics 43/44: Electricity and Magnetism, lecture/lab (Spring)

60 SERIES: advanced freshman physics for students with strong backgrounds and an interest in the physics major. Physics 62 and 64 are one unit pass/fail lab courses. Physics 67 is both lecture and lab with an emphasis on statistics, probability and data analysis; two units, pass/fail. TA's are assigned either to 2 discussion/recitation sections or to 2 lab sections. 25% appointment, 10 hrs/wk Detailed 60 series TA Responsiblities (page 11)

  • Physics 61/62:Mechanics and Special Relativity lecture/lab (Autumn)
  • Physics 63/64: Electricity, Magnetism and Waves, lecture/lab (Winter)
  • Physics 65: Thermodynamics and Foundations of Modern Physics (Spring)
  • Physics 67: Introduction to Laboratory Physics (Spring)

PHYSICS 70: Foundations of Modern Physics (Autumn), required of all physics majors who have gone through the 40 Series. 25% TA appointment.

PHYSICS 15, 16, 17, 19: Courses on how things work, astrophysics, and cosmology for non-science students (25% TA appointments)

UPPER DIVISION COURSES: TAs for all of these courses must be approved by Instructor (25% TA appointments):

  • Physics 105 (Aut), 107 (Win), and 108 (Win, Spr): intermediate/advanced laboratories in electronics, lasers/optics and low temperature physics. Physics 107 satisfies the university Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement, and thus TA's receive an additional stipend for Phys 107.
  • Upper division courses: 110 (Mechanics), 112 (Math methods), 120/121 (E&M), 130/131 (Quantum Mechanics), 170/171 (Thermo/StatMech) typically have 1-2 TAs for each course.
  • Physics 50 (Autumn, Summer) and 100 (Spring): astronomy laboratory courses at the Stanford Student Observatory.


Please read the following terms carefully.
I agree to be available for the entire quarter, from the first day of instruction through the entire final exam period. There will be no unexcused absences allowed.
I agree to be here during Finals Week to grade exams. (This is mandatory.)
I have cleared my teaching with my research advisor.
I have read the requirements above and understand and will abide by the conditions and restrictions stated on this application and as listed in the Requirements for Employment as a TA (page 3) and CA/TA/Grader – Duties and Responsibilities (page 7). If applying for a 20/40/60 series course, I have read and understand the requirements at Teaching Assistants for Physics 20 and 40 series (page 8) or Teaching Assistants for Physics 60 Series (page 11)
I understand that TA assignments are tentative and are subject to change or cancellation dependent upon course enrollment and that first priority for assignments is given to Physics Ph.D. students.
I will supply all requested information, truthfully and accurately, to the best of my knowledge.
I agree to be in email contact with instructor one week before classes start.