4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

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Lead statement

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants assist university professors, community college and CEGEP teachers and other faculty members in teaching and research activities at universities and colleges.

Example Titles

  • post-secondary research assistant
  • university research assistant
  • college laboratory assistant
  • graduate assistant – university
  • college teaching assistant


  • tutor – post-secondary teaching assistant

Main duties

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

Post-secondary teaching assistants
  • Organize reference materials, visual aids and other materials as required by university professors or college teachers for lectures
  • Conduct seminars, discussion groups and laboratory sessions to supplement lectures
  • Assist in the preparation and administration of examinations
  • Grade examinations, term papers and laboratory reports.
Research assistants
  • Conduct literature reviews, surveys, laboratory experiments and other research for use in scholarly publications
  • Compile research results and assist professors in the analysis of results and the preparation of journal articles or papers.
  • Post-secondary teaching and research assistants specialize in a subject matter based on their field of study.

Employment requirements

  • Enrolment in, or completion of, a university or college program is required.


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