Preceptor in Physics

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
31 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Department of Physics at Harvard University seeks applications for a Preceptor in Physics. Working closely with faculty and staff in the Department of Physics, the preceptor will oversee all aspects of small-group instruction in the laboratory component of essential introductory and advanced physics courses, targeted to a wide range of students.

Science preceptors supervise and train teaching fellows and play a leading role in the laboratory support team. They collaborate with faculty to develop innovative course materials including hands-on learning activities and independent student projects.

The position, which is expected to start June 1, 2018, is for an initial appointment of one year, with the possibility of reappointment up to a maximum of eight years total. Reappointment is contingent upon performance, curricular need, position availability, and divisional dean approval.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates should have an advanced degree in physics or a closely allied field, or should be on track to complete the degree by the start of the appointment, and are required to have teaching experience in physics or a closely allied field.

Additional Qualifications

Candidates should have superior organizational, written, and interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to lead and train teaching assistants. The following skills are strongly preferred:

  • experience setting up, managing and directing student laboratory sessions.
  • experience interfacing computers with experiments in LabVIEW, Matlab and Python.
  • experience with oscilloscopes, lockin amplifiers, spectrum analyzers, NIM electronics, lasers, vacuum systems, and low temperature techniques preferred.
  • machine shop skills and experience with fabrication of mechanical and electronic devices.
  • demonstrated commitment to culture of safety in teaching laboratories.

Special Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and teaching statement directly to the Harvard academic positions site at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/8204. Please ask three to five referees to submit their letter to your file at this site (three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted). Review of applications will begin March 31, 2018, until the position is filled.

Contact Information

Logan McCarty
Director of Science Education
Harvard University Science Center 108
1 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email mccarty@fas.harvard.edu

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.

Minimum Number of References Required 3 Maximum Number of References Allowed 5 Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents Required Documents

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

Optional Documents

  1. Course Evaluation
  2. Sample Syllabus