Thursday, January 7, 2016

FT Lab Instructor, University of Oregon

The University of Oregon Physics Department is seeking qualified applicants for a non-tenure track position as a Physics Lab Instructor and lower-division lab coordinator, to begin fall term of 2016. The department currently offers a comprehensive lab curriculum for physics majors and a 200-level lab sequence for other science majors associated with algebra-based general physics courses. The successful applicant’s primary focus will be to lead the latter (non-majors) lab sequence while coordinating all lower-division lab major and non-major courses, including:
• serving as head instructor for the PHYS 204 -206 multiple-section courses, including supervising and helping train graduate student teaching assistants,
• adapting and developing new course materials that employ best-practice methods for student learning and growth based on physics education research findings,
• maintaining and coordinating course materials so that they mesh well with instruction taking place in companion lecture courses, and,
• occasionally teaching the companion lecture courses (PHYS 201 – 203) or other courses such as lower-division Physics majors lab courses;
• working with other Physics faculty to improve lower-division lab courses,
• coordinating equipment usage and maintaining inventory used by all the 200- and 300-level physics teaching lab classes,
• updating lab equipment and spaces, and ensuring safe lab practices are followed, and
• hiring, training and supervising undergraduate student lab assistants.
Beyond the above duties, the remaining balance of time is allocated to improving the laboratory educational mission of the department. The successful candidate, depending on their background, may be encouraged to write grant proposals for systematic improvements to teaching lab courses, and will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable pending satisfactory performance, with longer contract periods available in subsequent years in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement. Minimum qualifications for applicants include a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in physics, a related field, or in science education; a substantive background working with scientific instrumentation; and evidence of strong writing and communication skills.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications and will be in the range $50-65K for the 9 month academic year. Applicants must apply online at Academic Jobs Online ( and should upload a cover letter, a current curriculum vita, and a statement of teaching philosophy and strategies for supporting effective, undergraduate lab courses.
Applicants should also arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation uploaded at the same site. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2016, with consideration continuing until the position is filled.
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.