Instructor - Biology

Massachusetts, United States
02 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
02 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture and benefits that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future then take a look at this opportunity. 

INSTRUCTOR, Biology, to provide administrative and instructional support for two Introductory biology courses each semester. Introductory Biology (7.01) is a core requirement for all MIT students.  Responsibilities will include communicating with faculty lecturers and teaching assistants (TAs) to coordinate lectures and recitation sections, providing regular updates on how the courses are running, and communicating input from students to teaching staff; assisting faculty and curriculum development instructor with TA training and developing and implementing new content and approaches, including online teaching and learning; helping coordinate activities during lectures, including facilitating use of polling/clickers during class, organizing demos, coordinating posting or distribution of handouts; writing and editing problem sets, figures, study questions, homework assignments, and exams; organizing TAs to vet exams and answer keys; working with faculty to determine and distribute course schedules and materials, including scheduling lectures, exams, recitations, and homework assignments; recruiting and supervising undergraduate TAs and undergraduate graders; working with staff to supervise and support graduate Tas; maintaining the 7.01 websites; proctoring exams and assisting with grading; monitoring and addressing student progress and informing students and faculty about concerns related to student struggles; providing coverage for absences of other staff; and helping with other subjects as needed.    

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in Biology or closely related field; experience in a molecular biology/biochemistry lab setting; at least one year of collegiate-level teaching experience; excellent interpersonal, organizational, and computer skills (including experience with learning management systems); ability to work independently and as part of a team; and discretion and judgment with confidential student information/issues.

PREFERRED:  interest in or experience with both in-person and online learning.  Job #18912 

Application material should include a resume, statement of teaching philosophy, and details of three referees. 

This is a nine-month appointment (the duration of the academic year), with the possibility to earn one additional month of summer salary. This appointment may be renewed.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. 

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply. 

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