Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Head of Outreach, APS

The American Physical Society (APS) seeks a PhD Physicist with solid public outreach experience to lead our public outreach department. Qualified candidates will have a creative, self starting and interactive personality, excellent communication and organizational skills; the ability to work with deadlines; and strong proficiency in utilizing the Internet in the area of web page maintenance. Responsibilities include maintaining the APS public outreach website, ¿PhysicsCentral¿; overseeing the APS middle school outreach activity, ¿PhysicsQuest'; collaborating on other APS outreach initiatives; and supervision of a public outreach specialist. This position is based at APS headquarters in College Park, MD (within walking distance of the College Park Metro station). More information about current and recent APS outreach programs can be obtained from www.physicscentral.com (click on physics projects). Competitive starting salary and outstanding benefits package offered. Visit our website at www.aps.org. To apply, send cover letter (include salary requirement), résumé and reference contact information to: Director of Human Resources at personnel@aps.org.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Visiting Physicist at AAPT

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is seeking Visiting Physicist who will work with association members, officers, committees, and staff, as well as with leaders of other physics and science societies, to advance the teaching of physics and further an appreciation for the role of physics in our culture. The Visiting Physicist will advise the Executive Officer on academic issues, and develop and lead special projects, will collaborate with EO to lead and oversee the development and implementation of new competitive grant proposals to private foundations and to the federal government.

AAPT’s worldwide membership is dedicated to advancing physics education at all levels, from pre-school through graduate level physics. AAPT is at an important juncture in its development. The Visiting Physicist will have particular responsibility for developing programs and events of value to physics educators at one or more levels from middle school physical science through graduate level physics education.


A Ph.D. in physics or a related field, active research work, and substantial experience as a physics teacher are strongly desirable. We are seeking a highly motivated, energetic individual with excellent interpersonal skills. The successful candidate must be willing to travel.

If you feel you have the qualifications and would like to apply for this position, please forward the following: (1) your curriculum vitae; (2) a statement on interests and accomplishments in physics and physics teaching, (3) an account of management and budgeting experience, as well as of proposal writing and grant management; and (4) the names of and contact information for 3-5 references.

Applications and nominations should be submitted to: American Association of Physics Teachers, Visiting Physicist Search, c/o AIP, Human Resources, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3845 or email to: aiphr@aip.org .

***All applications and nominations will be handled in strict confidence***

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Postdoc at Johns Hopkins

The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral position inthe Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Educational Resources (CER), the University’s faculty instructional support center.The successful applicant will work with faculty and staff in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, with staff in the CER, and with engineering and bioscience faculty to enhance theJHU General Physics Laboratory courses with a new curriculum and new TA training program.

The individual who fills this position will use knowledge of physics and of physics education research (PER) to address the needs of engineering-oriented and bioscience-oriented studentstaking General Physics.Development and testing of new classroom and TA training methodologies constitute asignificant proportion of this assignment. The applicant should have a Ph.D. in university level physics and a background in physics education research and educational assessment. The successful candidate is encouraged to take a scientific approach to this initiative, including assessment of educational objectives and student outcomes before, during, and after the project’simplementation. Peer-reviewed publication of project results is encouraged.

Complete applications, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, and the names and contact information (including e-mail address) for three references should be submitted electronically to Ms. Pam Carmen at pam@pha.jhu.edu.The Johns Hopkins University encourages applications from women and minority candidates.AAE/EOE

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Faculty in Science Ed, Seoul, Korea

International Faculty Positions in Science Education,

Seoul National University, Korea

Seoul National University (SNU) invites applications for two full-time, open rank, and tenure track faculty positions in ‘Informal Science Education’ and ‘College Science Teaching’ areas, respectively. Applicant review for each position will begin 09.30. 2008 and continue until the position is filled.


- Doctoral degree in science education or in near fields by August 2008

- Excellent competence in oral and written English

- Publications commensurate with rank

- Excellent teaching credentials

- Citizenship other than that of the Republic of Korea

*International faculty recruitment is intended for scholars who are non-Korean citizens.


- Twelve-month based salary.

- Intra-university research grants.

- One-semester paid research leave every seven semesters.

- The opportunity to work with dedicated student assistants of high ability.

- A comprehensive medical insurance program.

- Work-related accident insurance.

- Unemployment insurance.

- Government-employee pension.

- Initial moving expense support.

- Optional campus housing at a cost substantially below market rate.

Seoul National University
The premier university in the Republic of Korea , SNU is also an institution of international stature. Ranked 51stamong the world’s best universities by the Times of London in 2007, SNU aims to become one of the top ten by 2025. For more information, visit: http://www.useoul.edu.

Department of Science Education

- Faculty: 20 faculty members with science (physics/chemistry/biology/earth science) education and science background

- Research Area: teaching and learning, curriculum & assessment, ICT & MBL, conceptions & mental model, science teacher education, informal science education, gifted education in science, college-level science teaching, etc.

Application Document Submission

-Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae (including contact information on at least three professional references) by e-mail to the college of education (Director of Searching committee: Prof. Jinwoong Song). Applicants chosen for interview must provide official transcripts of graduate work. For more information, please visit http://professor.snu.ac.kr/eng

Contact Information: Tel: +82-2-880-8266 or +82-2-880-4490

Email: jwsong@snu.ac.kr, pys68@snu.ac.kr

CTS, Grinnell College

Search Summary: Grinnell College, a residential liberal arts college, seeks a Curricular Technology Specialist (CTS) to support faculty use of instructional technology to enhance teaching and learning in classroom settings and as a supplement to the classroom.

This CTS develops collaborative projects with faculty to enhance teaching and learning involving techniques such as statistical analysis, GIS, survey design and analysis, data visualization, and database design and maintenance. The person will work closely with the College’s data librarian and digital asset managers and also collaborate with Information Technology Services personnel and Academic Support specialists. In addition, the person works as part of a team of CTSs supporting instructional technology applications, training, and course development campus-wide. The CTSs serve as consultants, advocates, and classroom support teachers for technology applications that serve teaching and learning goals of Grinnell’s faculty members. They work with faculty members, librarians, and administrative staff to further the educational mission of a residential liberal arts college, offer creative workshops for faculty members to encourage advancements in teaching and scholarship, contribute to maintaining an effective curricular technology infrastructure, and engage with the broader curricular technology community nationwide. The CTSs report to an Associate Dean of the College and to the Director of Information Technology Services (dual report). Selected projects of the CTS team are accessible at http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/instructionaltechnologies/

Graduate degree preferred, Bachelor’s degree and experience possible; academic background or professional experience in a science discipline required; a demonstrable record of experience and expertise in instructional technology; excellent oral, written, and visual communication skills; an ability to convey technical concepts effectively to different constituencies at a level appropriate to the audience; and an understanding of the mission of a liberal arts college. Expertise in more than one of the following areas is required: scientific instrument support, statistical analysis of large data sets, spatial analysis, relational database design, data visualization, and scientific modeling. Preferred: teaching experience; experience working with faculty integrating technology into the curriculum.

Application Process:
Submit a letter of application, a resume, and a list of three employment references to: Stacy Koehler, Office of Human Resources, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA 50112-1690, or send e-mail to HR@grinnell.edu or fax to 641-269-4885. Review of applications will begin on Monday July 21 and continue until the position is filled. Additional information can be found on the college’s website.

[Ed. note: Grinnell College is dear to my heart, and I'd be happy to talk about the school or the area with anyone interested. -Ellie]

Lecture demo manager, Caltech

Hello fellow teaching lab enthusiasts,

We are looking to hire a person to manage the physics lecture hall at
Caltech -- to design and set up demos for freshman and sophomore courses,
working closely with all the professors teaching those courses, and
perhaps to do some guest lecturing as well. If you know of anyone who
might be interested in this job, please have him or her contact me for
more information. Our need is immediate, as the position opens in the
fall. We are hoping to find someone with a real flair for hardware and
teaching, probably with a PhD in physics.

--Ken Libbrecht