Every term the Physics Department hires graders, undergraduate TAs, and mentors. Listed below are the various positions and their details. There is one application for all positions.

Important Things to Note:

  • You may hold more than one position at a time; each program coordinates their operations.
  • The combined time commitment for UG student work cannot exceed 20 hours/week. This limit also includes positions students may hold with other departments.

Applications are now closed. Please check back in the future for more opportunities.

Subjects that hire graders:

  • Fall Classes: 8.012, 8.021, 8.03, 8.033, 8.04, 8.05, 8.07
  • IAP Classes: 8.223, 8.20
  • Spring Classes: 8.022, 8.03, 8.04, 8.044, 8.06, 8.21, 8.282

Responsibilities: Grader will receive 15-20 p-sets to grade on a weekly basis using Gradescope or another system. Graders are given the solutions and usually about a week turnaround time. Access to a tablet and stylus is ideal but the need varies by class. Graders are expected to check their inbox daily for important emails, keep all student information confidential, and maintain an open communication with the graduate TA and instructor of the class.

Qualifications: Applicants are expected to have taken the class (or earned credit another way) and demonstrated a solid understanding of the material.

Time Commitment: 3-7 hours weekly (flexible, vary by class, your own schedule)

Compensation: $14/hr (pay rate increases by $0.25 cents for each semester that you work in the same job category as a grader).

Application Link for all positions: TBA
Deadline for all positions: TBA

Subjects that hire UTAs:

  • Fall Classes: 8.01, 8.01L (extends to IAP), 8.02, 8.13
  • Spring Classes: 8.011, 8.02, 8.14
8.01 & 8.02 Undergraduate TA:
  • Responsibilities: Each UTA will be assigned to 1-2 sections, and have between 9 -12 students in each section. They will need to attend all synchronous classes in a section (including Friday Problem Solving). UTAs will help their students during group activities and grade their problem sets on a weekly basis. They will attend weekly staff meetings. There is also one mandatory training session at the start of the term.
  • Qualifications: Applicants are expected to have taken the class (or earned credit another way) and demonstrated a solid understanding of the material. They will need to exhibit a willingness to help others learn using patience and effective communication skills.
  • Time Commitment: 8-10 hours weekly (5 class hours, 1-3 grading hours, ½ hour staff meeting)
  • Compensation: $16/hr (pay rate increases by $0.25 cents for each semester that you work in the same job category as a UTA).
8.01L Undergraduate TA [Fall Term Only]:
  • Responsibilities: UTAs will need to attend all synchronous classes in the section they are hired for. UTAs will help their students during group activities and grade their problem sets on a weekly basis.
  • Qualifications: Applicants are expected to have earned credit for 8.01 and demonstrated a solid understanding of the material. They will need to exhibit a willingness to help others learn using patience and effective communication skills.
  • Time Commitment: 5-7 hours weekly (4 in-class hours, 1-3 grading hours)
  • Compensation: 15/hr (pay rate increases by $0.25 cents for each semester that you work in the same job category as a UTA).
8.011 Undergraduate TA [Spring Term Only]:
  • Responsibilities: UTAs will need to attend all synchronous classes in the section they are hired for. UTAs will help their students during group activities and grade their problem sets on a weekly basis.
  • Qualifications: Applicants are expected to have earned credit for 8.01 and demonstrated a solid understanding of the material. They will need to exhibit a willingness to help others learn using patience and effective communication skills.
  • Time Committment: 5-6 hours weekly (4 in-class hours, >1 grading hours)
  • Compensation: $16/hr (pay rate increases by $0.25 cents for each semester that you work in the same job category as a UTA).
  • Pay Rate: 15/hr (pay rate increases by $0.25 cents for each semester that you work in the same job category as a UTA).
8.13/14 Undergraduate TA:
  • Responsibilities: TBA
  • Qualifications: TBA
  • Time Commitment: TBA
  • Compensation: 15/hr (pay rate increases by $0.25 cents for each semester that you work in the same job category as a UTA).

Application Link for all positions: TBA
Deadline for all positions: TBA

Subjects that have mentors:

  • Fall Classes: 8.01, 8.02, 8.01L, 8.012, 8.021, 8.022, 8.03, 8.04
  • Spring Classes: 8.011, 8.02, 8.022, 8.03, 8.04, 8.044

Description: This program pairs paid student mentors with students in first- and second-year physics subjects. The program benefits mentors, mentees, and the Physics Department overall by building an educational community that contributes to the academic success of mentees, developing the skills of mentors, and fostering community in the Department. For questions, please contact: Professor Kerstin Perez or Professor Ed Bertschinger.

Responsibilities: Mentors commit to all of the following activities: 

  • Pre-semester training workshop (5 hours, before the start of mentoring)
  • Meeting with mentees (no more than 2 hours/week for mentee meetings)
  • Course content preparation (1 hour/week)
  • Weekly Community of Practice Meeting (1 hour/week): Meetings alternate between either reflection and discussion about the mentoring experience or an educational seminar presented by, for example, MIT Teaching and Learning Lab staff, education researchers, and staff from various MIT programs.
  • Program assessment (periodic surveys and a post-semester interview)

Compensation: We plan to compensate mentors $950 for full participation in the program. 

Qualifications: Both undergraduate students and graduate students are encouraged to apply for mentor positions. Applicants are expected to have taken the class (or earned credit another way) or demonstrated understanding of the material.

Application Link for all positions: TBA
Deadline for all positions: TBA