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Harvard University Preceptor in Physics in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title Preceptor in Physics

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Physics

Position Description

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, starting July 1, 2022, 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. Candidates are required to have teaching experience in physics or a closely allied field.

Additional Qualifications

Candidates should have excellent organizational, written, and interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to lead and train teaching assistants. Experience setting up, managing and directing student laboratory sessions is strongly preferred.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials directly to the Harvard academic positions site at 1) a cover letter that includes a description of your philosophy on and past efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, 2) CV, and 3) teaching and advising statement. Please also ask 3 to 5 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 be on a rolling basis, ending May 31, 2022.

Contact Information

Jolanta Davis

Administrator to the Chair of Physics

Harvard University / Physics Department

17 Oxford Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

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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.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5


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