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March 1, 2021

Teaching Assistant, TECHIN 517 Robotics Lab 2: Human-Robot Interaction

Application Deadline: March 3, 2021
  • UW PhD candidate
  • Experience in ROS and Linux environment and design thinking
  • Academic field related to ECE, ME, CSE, data science, HCDE, digital fabrication, or design
  • Compensation includes salary, tuition waiver, and health insurance
  • Spring Quarter 2021
The interdisciplinary degree program, Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) is looking for an excellent teaching assistant (requires UW NetID)with an interest in innovation. We are seeking a teaching assistant to support this upcoming Spring Quarter course:
This is a four-credit course which will introduce students to robotic design theory, principles, methodologies, and applications by bringing together knowledge from robotics, artificial intelligence, human factors, human-computer interaction design, cognitive psychology, education and other domains. Coursework will include readings and discussions focused on the state-of-the-art in robotics research, focused team design and development exercises working towards a team project comprising both implementation and evaluation of a human-robot interaction system for specific applications.
This position will average 20 hours per week. The course will meet twice per week for 2 hours per session during Spring Quarter 2021. TAs must attend all classes.
Responsibilities may include some or all of the following duties: prepare and grade assignments, prepare test questions, proctor and score quizzes or exams, maintain grading records, prepare and maintain course records, calculate quarter grades, request student assessments for course, attend lectures, hold regular office hours, tutor students, manage and respond to course-related e-mail, prepare and maintain Canvas site for course materials, develop and maintain online communications, discussion sites, etc., attend weekly instructor/TA meetings, act as liaison between student and instructor, prepare and present lecture materials, prepare handout materials, review literature, place course materials on library reserve, facilitate discussions, hold extra review sessions for exams, obtain room for review sessions, request or acquire necessary equipment.
·      Previous experience with ROS and Linux environment Demonstrated experience and familiarity with design thinking and human-centered design methods
·      Experience with UW Canvas Learning Management System
·      The applicant must be a current PhD candidate with previous teaching or TA experience Previous grading experience in technical areas desired.
·      Major areas of study: ECE, ME, CSE, data science, HCDE, digital fabrication, design, etc.
Preferred Qualifications:
·      Experience with the robot turtlebot3 (physical and simulation)
·      Experience with Fetch and Kinova robotic platforms
·      Enjoy tutoring students and helping students to excel in any of the following areas: Internet of Things (IoT), design, computer science, engineering, ideation, human robot interaction, hardware and/or software development, robotics Python, C, or C++
·      Experience in working with international students
·      Excellent communication, technology, and design skills
Application Instructions: Please include a cover letter describing your skills and experiences relevant to position. Attach a current resume or link to your portfolio, whichever best demonstrates your skillset.
Special Considerations: Note that due to COVID compliance this course instance is currently listed and planned to be delivered in Hybrid format, meaning the majority of course session, office hours and student work will be conducted remotely, but may require minimal in-person components to be defined by course instructor. Any in-person components will be conducted in compliance with State, University, and GIX COVID protocols for student access of facilities.
Salary is based on Regular Salary Schedule #1 for 50% FTE and tuition waiver ( The position is eligible for insurance. This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: (
The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans are encouraged to apply.
University of Washington Global Innovation Exchange
Headquarters: 12280 NE District Way, Bellevue, Washington 98005, United States Website ( Division: University of Washington Graduate School Interdisciplinary Programs
From smart homes to smart health, computing technologies are transforming our daily lives and powering innovation across the globe. UW’s Master of Science in Technology Innovation curriculum prepares you to lead the development of innovative solutions for connected devices or robotics. The MSTI degree is offered by an interdisciplinary group of leading UW faculty in partnership with the Global Innovation Exchange, a new collaboration between the UW, Tsinghua University in China and Microsoft. In addition to the Seattle-based MSTI degree, students can pursue an exciting dual degree option that includes study at Tsinghua’s campus in Beijing.