Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants are a fundamental feature of the AIMS model. AIMS South Africa appoints between eight and ten advanced postgraduate students as teaching assistants. Briefly, the duties of the teaching assistants are to provide assistance to the Academic Director and lecturers in matters concerning the academic programme and the assessment of students. Teaching assistants attend the lecture courses; arrange additional tutorials; assist with the marking of assignments; and assist the students with computing and research project writing. Teaching assistants also provide useful information to assist the Academic Director (and sometimes lecturers, who are under no obligation to provide references for students) when writing student references. Teaching assistants are recruited via an announcement through AIMS’ mailing lists.Criteria considered for selection include: academic achievement, ability to speak relevant languages, and an ability to function in the unusual AIMS teaching environment.

Appointments will normally be made for a minimum duration of one full academic year, which runs from mid-August until the end of June.


Providing general assistance to the director and the lecturers within the academic program, for example in assisting with problem-solving classes and computer labs, in providing group and personal tutorials where needed, in contributing to the assessment of student performance on a continuous basis, in preparing additional materials, examples and extra classes as needed.


At least a Master’s in one of the mathematical sciences; superior teaching ability/skills; excellent interpersonal skills; innovative flair; excellent command of English and/or French; ability to work as a dedicated member of a team where responsibility is shared.

Computer skills: Linux, SAGE or SciPy.

Knowledge of an additional language, in particular Arabic, would be an advantage.


Applications close when all positions are filled. Applicants should include a motivation letter (indicating which centre(s) they prefer), a CV and a list of two contactable references.