Can I TA CY 3740 / CY 5770?
Foremost, please do NOT email me. That does nothing. I won't respond.
I have very specific needs from my TAs. You will be tasked with assisting students 1:1 during labs and office hours, as well as guiding discussions online every day. Therefore, it's crucial that you have hands-on exploitation experience.
I prioritize applications in this order:
- Students already taken my courses. The more challenges completed, the better.
- Students taken CY 5770 with Engin or Wil.
- Everybody else who can demonstrate systems security experience.
I immediately reject applicants who don't have a practical security background. Practical security background means discovering your own vulnerabilities and crafting your own exploits, NOT vulnerability management with Black Duck. If you aren't comfortable with those technical details, you are below the bargaining range. I hate to exclude you, but ensuring that students learn effectively takes the top priority. I can't train TAs from scratch while simultaneously performing my teaching tasks to spec.
Even if you are an excellent fit, I get a widely variable 0 to 4 TA slots depending on class size, so you may not get picked. Have a plan B.
Here's how to apply:
- Resist the urge to email me.
- Apply through the normal hiring channels.
- Were you my student in a previous class?
- YES? You are all set. No need to provide a resume. Leave blank the silly questions about why you want to be a TA and other irrelevancies; you aren't required to explain yourself and I won't read them.
- NO? Read the course description here and present evidence that you are knowledgeable in the ways of systems attacks and defenses covered there. Don't email me! Add the evidence to your application.
I'll expect you to be available during class hours in person. Also notice that I always teach late evening hours. Check the course schedule and make sure you can make it before you apply.
In return, you can expect from me a fulfilling TA season and the opportunity to max out your pay hours.