Physics Lab Coordinator and Instructor
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Physics Lab Coordinator and Instructor
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The primary duties of the Physics Lab Coordinator and Instructor will be to teach and develop new lab programs for the intro-level physics courses, and for the Structured In-Class Active Learning (SAIL) courses, alongside the current Lab Manager
The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world's leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.The University of Pennsylvania Department of Physics and Astronomy combines world-leading science with the intimate faculty-student community unique to small departments. We are among the smallest of all Physics and Astronomy Departments of the top 25, but we have labs and facilities comparable to some national laboratories, and we often top the list of most highly-cited research.
The Physics Lab Coordinator and Instructor is responsible and reports to the Department Chair or Undergraduate Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department. The primary duties of this position will be to teach and develop new lab programs for the intro-level physics courses, and for the Structured In-Class Active Learning (SAIL) courses, alongside the current Lab Manager. The expansion of the Case Study Lab for PHYS 171 and 151 and continuation of the Project-Based PHYS 170 lab will likely form the majority of the position's workload. The Lab Instructor will also mentor and train graduate student TAs in these programs. A secondary responsibility will be to develop and contribute the department's outreach programs.
A Bachelor's Degree and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Master's or PhD strongly preferred. Teaching experience, any level from high school through post-graduate in physics, and experience with hardware strongly desired. Successful candidate will have awareness for what an instructor needs in the classroom and some familiarity with the pedagogy that is particular to physics. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required.
General knowledge in the physical sciences and in teaching pedagogy. Ideal candidates will possess basic laboratory skills and techniques, have experience with teaching technology and data analysis skills, as well as strong organizational and problem solving skills. They should also have the ability to work in a laboratory setting, to work well with students, staff and faculty and to manage staff and resources. Required competencies include valuing diversity, organization/project management, clear communication, initiative, problem solving, working collaboratively, and managing performance.
The salary for this position is expected to be from $50,684 to $70,958.
Job Location - City, State
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School of Arts and Sciences
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00
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