Preceptor in the Life Sciences

Massachusetts, United States
28 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
31 May 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Molecular and Cellular Biology

Position Description

We seek applications for a Preceptor in the life sciences who will primarily have responsibility for Life Sciences 1b, a large introductory course for undergraduates that integrates genetics, genomics, and evolution. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2019. The preceptor will be responsible for designing and supervising the laboratory and discussion section components of the course; working with faculty to prepare assessments of student learning; supervising and training a staff of approximately 30 teaching fellows, as well as a team of undergraduates who run weekly help sessions; acting as primary liaison between instructional staff and the laboratory support group; maintaining grade books; and overseeing teaching fellow grading policies. Additionally, the Preceptor will be expected to contribute to other curricular activities in the life sciences, and coordinate with faculty to develop other innovative teaching materials.

The preceptorship, co-reporting to the faculty instructors of the course and to the Scientific Director in the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, is a non-ladder teaching position. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable on a yearly basis for up to eight years, contingent upon performance, enrollments, and curricular need.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate in a Life Sciences field with demonstrated experience teaching undergraduate students in science.

Additional Qualifications

Proven expertise in genetics, evolution, and/or molecular biology. Strong organizational, written and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to lead and train teaching fellows and to manage relationships with hundreds of undergraduate students. Experience in designing problem sets and laboratory exercises strongly preferred.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIES portal (http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/8908), no later than May 31, 2019.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Please ask three referees to submit their letter of reference to your file at this site; the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Contact Information

Polina Kehayova, Ph.D.
Scientific Director
Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

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Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law