Friday, April 22, 2016

Postdoc at Yale Department of Physics/Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

The Department of Physics at Yale University invites applications for a two-year appointment as a Helmsley Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar.  This appointment will begin by July 1, 2016, or earlier by mutual agreement, and end June 30, 2018. Base salary will be $60,000 per year plus additional benefits.

The physics department is part of the community of science educators at Yale who bring the spirit and rigor of scientific inquiry into their classrooms by experimenting with evidence-based approaches. The Center for Teaching and Learning ( demonstrates the institution's commitment to our teaching mission and provides training and support for teaching initiatives across Yale. Creating postdoctoral positions and building partnerships with other institutions in the region will help us achieve the goal of disseminating teaching excellence far beyond our campus.

The teaching load will be 1-2 courses per semester, co-taught with faculty at Yale in the 2016-2017 academic year and taught primarily at regional partner institutions (University of Bridgeport and Housatonic Community College) in the 2017-2018 academic year as part of a regional outreach program. The postdoc will also be expected to participate in pedagogical training and contribute to campus teaching initiatives in partnership with the department and the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning. The cohort of Helmsley Scholars convenes weekly with the Helmsley Program Director to discuss teaching successes and challenges, and the Scholars plan and facilitate science education seminars and journal clubs. Pedagogical activities may also include training and mentoring graduate student instructors, coordinating large multi-section courses, or developing new teaching strategies such as use of online content.  Candidates interested in conducting research may have an opportunity to affiliate with a Yale faculty member's laboratory. For these candidates, potential research interests should be included in the cover letter. Basic qualifications: Applicants must have experience teaching undergraduate physics courses (e.g., as a teaching assistant or course instructor), and a doctorate in physics within the last 3 years.

Additional qualifications: We highly value applicants with deep understanding of undergraduate teaching and learning, experience with developing new curricula, or with applications of physics to other disciplines. Other preferred traits include demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and willingness to take initiative. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For full consideration, please submit the materials listed below by May 1, 2016. 1. Cover letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Three to five letters of reference (two or more should address teaching) 4. Teaching statement (maximum 2 pages) 5. Teaching portfolio to include evidence of teaching engagement and creativity 6. Research Proposal (optional, maximum 2 pages) Please send application materials electronically as a single .pdf to Elizabeth Morse Luoma (Helmsley Program Director):

Yale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified women and persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. For more information: fellows/helmsley-postdoctoral-scholars