Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Physics Educator, Art of Problem Solving, San Diego CA

Art of Problem Solving (AoPS, develops educational opportunities for many of the most eager math and science students in the world. We have trained tens of thousands of the country’s top students in the last 15 years, and our international online community of advanced problem solvers has nearly 400,000 members. Our students need materials and applications specifically designed to train the people who are going to make many of the technological, mathematical, scientific, medical, and economic advances of the next generation.

AoPS has recently expanded into physics with the successful implementation of PhysicsWOOT, an advanced course in problem-solving for high school physics competitions. Now, we seek a physics educator to join our team and help us build new material for many of the country’s top students.

You might be a good fit for this position if you want to inspire kids to dive deeper into physics by engaging them in solving rich and challenging problems. You’ve read about how our AoPS Online and AoPS Academy classes work. Your teaching experience has prepared you to transition into these environments and to work with both middle and high school students. You’re excited about teaching and developing lessons on a variety of topics, ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics. You’ve also checked out our PhysicsWOOT page and are eager to help this new program continue to grow.

In this position, you will collaborate with the rest of our curriculum team to:
  • Design lessons for new online and in-person courses aimed at advanced middle and high schoolers.
  • Create labs that teach fundamentals of scientific practices, including model-building, communication, collaboration, data analysis, and experimental design.
  • Interact with students through teaching online courses, fostering conversations on our message boards, and working with students in person at our learning centers.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Also please include a writing sample, such as a lesson plan or other piece of educational writing. This position is full time in San Diego, CA.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Project Manager, APS, College Park MD

The American Physical Society (APS) the premier membership association for physicists, seeks a dynamic and personable science professional to fill the position of STEP UP Project Manager. Reporting to the Director of Project Development, the STEP UP Project Manager will help lead a national effort (STEP UP 4 Women) to dramatically increase the fraction of women majoring in physics at the undergraduate level. Develop, improve, and assess a wide variety of strategies organized around mobilizing 10,000+ high school teachers to implement research-based materials and tactics that are
encouraging young women to see themselves as members of the physics community. Utilize resources of the APS and work with our partners to build innovative components that will change the paradigm of gender diversity in physics and beyond.

A successful candidate must be able to work independently with limited supervision, be able to juggle multiple complex tasks, coordinate efforts with a variety of partners across the country, have excellent writing and speaking skills, and be able to manage and evaluate project components. This individual must be able to think strategically, prioritize work, help develop appropriate measures of effectiveness, and understand the literature relevant to improving gender diversity in physics. The candidate should have a PhD or equivalent experience that will allow them to engage immediately in the project’s innovative strategies for solving this long-standing issue in the discipline, and a commitment to improving gender diversity within the physics community. The position is a full-time temporary, 2-year appointment, located at APS Headquarters in College Park, MD, offering a competitive salary and benefits.

To apply, send cover letter with salary requirement, and resume to the attention of Human Resources via e-mail:

Career Program Manager, APS, College Park

Careers Program Manager
American Physical Society

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization with an operating budget of $55M and over 55,000 members working in academia, national laboratories, and industrial sectors. We are the leading society for physicists in the U.S. and throughout the world.  This position is based at the APS headquarters office located in College Park, MD (walking distance from the College Park Metro Station). 

Position Summary:
The Careers Program Manager directs efforts to provide career information and professional development resources for APS members, as well as the broader physics community, at all stages of degree and/or career path.

Develop and facilitate impactful career related activities for members at national meetings (e.g. career workshops, job fairs, networking opportunities, and the Future of Physics Days events).
Coordinate and facilitate APS career related Webinar broadcasts.
Develop and help market the Physics InSight slideshow.
Manage activities associated with the APS Local Links Program.
Manage, develop, and contribute content for the APS Careers Website and Vector publication.
Assist the Head of Career Programs in gathering and organizing key metrics for APS Career activities (e.g. reports, graphs, presentations).

A PhD (preferred) or Master’s in physics or similar field is required for this position. A minimum of 3 years of program management experience or equivalent is also required. Experience in organizing events and interacting with scientific professionals is necessary. Outstanding ability for writing reports and summaries, plus managing budgets is needed.

Familiarity and competence with all Microsoft Office Suite products (in particular Microsoft Word and Microsoft Power Point) and the online shared Google Suite (in particular Google Docs, Forms, and Sheets) is essential. Candidate must have strong organization, documentation, and prioritization skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, and excellent attention to detail, plus the ability to work on several projects at one time and adapt to quickly changing schedules. Must be able to learn new skills and take necessary measures to carry out programmatic objectives, with or without direct instruction. A familiarity with basic HTML and with website content management systems is a plus. Some familiarity with issues affecting physics community through direct experience with physics research and pedagogy, and an ability to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders in the physics community is essential. Must have experience and skill navigating diverse relationships within a team. Comfort and facility in public speaking roles is also a plus.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Teaching Postdoc, University of Virginia

Job Description
The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia invites applications for several Lecturers and Postdoctoral Fellows in the College's core Engagements courses for a one-year appointment, renewable for two additional year's contingent upon satisfactory performance, starting the fall of 2019. Compensation will take the form of 9-month salary with full-time benefits. Candidates must have defended their dissertation and earned the Ph.D. in a liberal arts and sciences field by May 25, 2019 and no earlier than April 2015.

A pilot program by the Faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences, the New General Education Curriculum is composed of three conceptually related components: the Engagements, Literacies, and Disciplines. Postdoctoral Fellows, in consort with the College Fellows, will serve as instructors of record in the Engagements: four 2-credit courses designed to foster intellectual sensibilities that are generally deployed across all realms of inquiry. These include: Aesthetic Engagement, Empirical & Scientific Engagement, Engaging Difference, and Ethical Engagement.

Candidates will be responsible for developing one or two courses in one (or two) of the Engagement domains. For more information on the Engagements, visit:

In the 2019-20 academic year the postdoctoral fellows will teach three Engagement courses (2-credits each) in each semester (Fall and Spring).

In years two and three, should the contract be extended, candidates will develop and teach six engagement courses (2-credit each) per academic year.

Candidates will also be expected to pursue a vigorous research agenda grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. The candidate will be an active participant in the College Fellows - a cohort of faculty drawn from across the College and entrusted with crafting a unique and compelling first-year general education experience for A&S undergraduates. In addition, Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to participate in (and possibly lead) College Fellows sponsored events such as lectures for the University community, symposia, and seminars regarding the Liberal Arts & Sciences at UVA. Administrative duties will include participation in select general education committees that relate to the implementation of the new curriculum; these duties will be assigned by the Co-Directors for the College Fellows

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0624605. Complete a Candidate Profile online and electronically attach the following:

1. A cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references.
2. Writing Sample #1 - A writing sample of your choice no more than 20 pages or a research statement of no more than 2 pages.
3. Writing Sample #2 - A 1-page statement regarding the role of the liberal arts in the 21st-century curriculum.
4. Other #1 - A 2-page course description and syllabus for one of the four Engagements (please clearly indicate which you have selected).

Also, please submit three letters of recommendation including one from the Chair of your Ph.D. committee. Letters should be sent to Janet Spittler and Chad Wellmon, Co-directors of the College Fellows at

We will begin reviewing applications after January 28, 2019 and posting will remain open until filled. Finalists will be invited to Charlottesville for group interviews over the course of two days in spring 2019.

Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVA should be directed to Richard Haverstrom at

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.