Department of Physics, Harvard University

Position ID:Harvard-Department of Physics-PRE [#11157]
Position Title: Preceptor in Physics
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States [map]
Subject Area: Physics
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2018/05/08)
Position Description:    

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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 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.

Instructions: Please submit a cover letter, CV, and teaching statement directly to the Harvard academic positions site at 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 begins immediately, until the position is filled.

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

EOE Notice: 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.

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