I am the director of Euler Circle, a mathematics institute based in the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to teaching college-level mathematics classes to high-school students. Usually we meet in person, but we’re temporarily online like everything else. I am looking for enthusiastic mathematicians to help out as TAs for my classes. My most pressing need is for TAs for my advanced class on Markov chains. We’ll spend the first half of the class discussing the basics of Markov chains, including linear algebra background, probability background, absorbing states, stationary distributions, and random walks. In the second half of the class, we’ll discuss various methods for bounding mixing times. I’m writing all my own notes for the class, but my main reference is the Levin–Peres–Wilmer book “Markov Chains and Mixing Times.”
Each TA will be assigned roughly 5 students to work with throughout the term. You will meet with your students each week to go over their problem sets and progress on expository papers they write. You will meet with them during problem sessions on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–8:30 PM Pacific time. This class will meet for 10 consecutive weeks, with the first TA session being on September 16th. I will pay $700 for the class. If you would enjoy working on mathematics with fantastic high-school students and are interested in this position, please let me know and tell me something about your mathematics and teaching background. You should be at least reasonably comfortable with the material for the class. I don’t expect you to know it all, but if you haven’t studied Markov chains at least somewhat seriously, this particular class probably won’t be a good fit.
Due to employment laws and bureaucracy, I am only able to hire US citizens and permanent residents who are physically in California.
If you are interested in this position or have questions about it, please email me at email@example.com.