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Writing Teaching Assistant Spring 2019

Recruitment Period

Open October 26th, 2018 through November 30th, 2018
If you apply to this recruitment by November 30th, 2018, you will have until December 1st, 2018 to complete your application.


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Graduate Division anticipates hiring a Writing Teaching Assistant for Spring 2019.

Under the general direction of the lead instructor, the Writing Teaching Assistant will assist graduate students on academic writing structures, styles, and conventions for the purpose of scholarship. Instruction will take the form of individual and group meetings and electronic communication (email, Google Docs or other means of sharing files). Previous Teaching Assistant training by the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning will be supplemented by training from the lead instructor.

The University of California Teaching Assistants are represented by the UAW-AFL-CIO.


Training and experience in academic writing in either STEM or humanities disciplines.

Basic knowledge of the standard structure of a scientific report, including publications, dissertations and theses (introduction, literature background, research questions and hypotheses, methods, results, conclusions and discussion).

Basic knowledge of how to develop literature reviews and analyses.

Experience with predoctoral fellowship writing is preferred.

A Bachelor's degree in the subject area or a related field. Master's degree is preferred.

Maintenance of a qualifying grade point average (per UC Merced's Graduate Advisor Handbook).

Academically eligible to hold the appointment (per UC Merced's Graduate Advisor Handbook).

Must be a registered UC Merced graduate student in full-time residence (registered for 12 units per term appointed).

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter, which describes your academic or other experience that qualifies you for the teaching position 2) curriculum vitae or resume 3) Five-page writing sample (i.e. scientific report, course paper, publication) and 4) Three references (contact information only).

Salary is based on an annual full-time salary of $42,546. The Teaching Assistant will not be appointed for more than 50% during the Spring semester.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

How to apply

  1. Create an ApplicantID
  2. Provide required information and documents
  3. If any, provide required reference information
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