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Preceptor in Physics

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138

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, 2024, is for an initial appointment of one year, with the possibility of reappointment on a yearly basis for up to a maximum of eight years total (within the eligibility guidelines of the FAS). Reappointment is contingent upon performance, enrollments, curricular need, position availability, and divisional dean approval.

Review of applications will be on a rolling basis, ending April 15, 2024.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

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. A strong doctoral record is preferred.

Special Instructions

To apply please submit the following materials:
1) a cover letter, including a description of teaching/advising experience and philosophy and comments on any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, 

2) CV.

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). 

Contact Information

Jolanta Davis
Academic Programs Specialist
Harvard University
Department of Physics
17 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email:

Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

Minimum Number of References Required: 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed: 5

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