Teaching Assistant and Reader Positions

Winter 2020

Applications for TA and Reader positions will be accepted from November 1 - November 15 .

Interested applicants must complete the online application:

TA: https://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/Modules/ASES/Apply.aspx?cid=3260

Reader: https://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/Modules/ASES/Apply.aspx?cid=3261

Job Descriptions:

Teaching Assistant:  A Teaching Assistant (TA) assists in the instruction of an upper- or lower-division course at the University under the supervision of a faculty member.  The TA primarily assists the faculty member in charge of the course by conducting discussion or laboratory sections that supplement faculty and by grading assignments and examinations.

Qualifications:  Currently enrolled as a UCSD full-time (12 units) Structural Engineering graduate student, or enrolled as a full time UCSD graduate student (12 units or more) and hold a B.S. degree in Structural Engineering. Students must also be in good academic standing.


Reader:  Readers assist a course instructor by grading homework, papers, or exams and may also hold office hours to answer students’ questions about such assignments.        

Qualifications:  Currently enrolled as a UCSD full-time student with junior standing in the major; 3.0 grade-point average and must have taken and received at least a “B” grade in the course or equivalent.

Undergraduates must be registered full-time students, in Junior or Senior standing with an overall GPA of 3.0.


Approx. Pay Rate:

Teaching Assistant @ 25%: $1217.31 monthly

Undergraduate Reader: $15.92 per hour

Graduate Reader: $16.75 per hour

Teaching Assistants and Graduate Student Readers working 25% or more will receive a partial fee remission.

All graduate Readers are required to work 110 hours per quarter to receive a partial fee waiver from the University.  All rates are subject to change.  The fee remission does NOT pay the University Center Fee, the Recreation Facility Fee, the GSA Fee, or the Student Transportation Fee. These fees total approximately $195.04 and are the responsibility of the student to pay. The TA position also pays the health insurance fee. The partial fee waiver does not cover non-resident tuition.

Applications are reviewed by the teaching faculty during and after the application period. If you are chosen for a position, you will receive an email that contains your appointment letter. Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to email those who are not successful in obtaining a position.  We do not recommend contacting the professor of the course because of the high volume of inquiries.

English Language Requirement for International Teaching Assistants (TA)

International graduate students who are nonnative speakers of English must be certified as having requisite language skills before they can serve as teaching assistants (TAs; UC San Diego Graduate Division policy in compliance with Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 41).

Evidence of English Language Proficiency: Certification as Teaching Assistant Cut Off Scores

Students may be certified either on the basis of their score on one of the following:

  • Have a TOEFL iBT Speaking subscore of 28-30
  • Have an IELTS Speaking subscore of 8.5-9.0
  • Have a PTE Speaking sub-score of 83-90, and 2
  • Be an international graduate students who serve as language assistants in courses conducted in their native language.

Those students with TOEFL speaking scores of 23 – 27, IELTS speaking scores of 7-8, or PTE speaking scores of 65-82 are required to take the English Language Certification Exam

Students who do not pass the English Language Certification Exam are given the opportunity to improve their language skills.

Those students who are admitted but have a speaking TOEFL score below 23 will not be allowed to take the certification test. Students who fall into this category may acquire the required English language proficiency skills via courses offered in the English Language Institute  and the English for Academic and Professional Development Program.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julie Storing at jstoring@ucsd.edu.