The University of Notre Dame is seeking a Laboratory Co-Director to oversee and teach physics laboratories for life science students and engineering students, coordinate classroom demonstrations, and outreach programs with our Physics Teaching Professors Team. This is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track faculty position. The starting rank will be Assistant Teaching Professor, though a higher rank may be appropriate given prior experience. This is a three-year position with the possibility for renewal. Starting salary will be $55,000 to $70,000, depending on rank and experience.
The University of Notre Dame teaches calculus-based physics courses to approximately 550 life science/pre-health students and 800 engineering undergraduates each year. Both sequences are taught each fall and spring semester, as are their accompanying labs. Both courses, with their labs, are also taught during the summer session. The Laboratory Instructor will work with the current team to oversee the operation of lab sessions throughout the year. These duties include: working with the instructors of the lecture courses to ensure coordination of the lectures and the labs; maintaining and improving the lab manuals; overseeing, training and evaluating the graduate student teaching assistants assigned to teach each lab section; and giving presentations and supervising students during the lab meetings. It is also expected that the Laboratory Instructor will design new laboratories to be placed in the rotation of available experiments used in our Experiment Design pedagogy, using current research in physics pedagogy to guide their design and implementation. The Laboratory Instruction Team is also responsible for organizing the demonstrations used in the physics department classrooms and for developing new demonstrations.
Laboratory Co-Director/Instructor/Outreach duties include: co-maintaining all safety records for the labs and working with the college safety officer to ensure a safe laboratory environment; selecting and overseeing undergraduates who put up and take down each week’s labs; selecting and overseeing graduates who put up and take down each week’s demos for lecture courses; working with Engineering and Science Computing personnel to maintain and upgrade lab computers and software; and maintaining, organizing and repairing existing laboratory and demo outreach equipment and ordering new equipment as needed with annual approved budget. Opportunities to apply for physics education grants and to do research are encouraged, but not required.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and will have experience in teaching undergraduate physics labs. Strong communication and organizational skills are expected. Experience with instructional laboratory software and equipment is preferred, but strong computer and electronics skills are necessary. Professional development and attendance at relevant conferences will be expected and supported.
Submit your application materials at https://apply.interfolio.com/59760. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted to the same site. A cover letter is optional.
About University of Notre Dame / Department of Physics
Notre Dame Physics seeks to provide an outstanding and distinctive education to our undergraduate and graduate students, while also maintaining a broad, vibrant research program as we attempt to answer some of the most fundamental questions in nature. The department has 44 tenured and tenure-track faculty; another 22 research, teaching and concurrent faculty; more than 100 graduate students; and about 120 undergraduate physics majors. There are 25 staff members in ND Physics. Additional information about the department and the College of Science can be found at physics.nd.edu and science.nd.edu respectively.