The Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking a laboratory instructor with an anticipated start date in mid-August 2019. With this position, the department will consist of six tenured and tenure-track faculty and two permanent laboratory instructors.
Under the supervision of the Department of Physics and Astronomy Chair and in collaboration with other teaching faculty and staff, the primary focus of the position will be laboratory instruction and technical support for astronomy courses, as well as laboratory instruction for introductory physics courses. The observing facilities at Colby include a new (2016) PlaneWave 0.7 m CDK telescope, a Celestron C-14 telescope and associated instrumentation for imaging and spectroscopy. The astronomy program also uses several 8” telescopes in the introductory laboratory.
The laboratory instructor will be responsible for preparing laboratory activities and materials, setting up laboratories, directing students during laboratories, assessing student work, maintenance of the observatory, and running outreach sessions at the observatory. Typically the laboratory instructor will teach three laboratory sections per semester and have responsibility for setup, operations, maintenance of the observatory and astronomy teaching laboratories, and direction of the observatory for community events. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Teach and assess student work for laboratory sections in the 100- and 200-level physics and astronomy curriculum, including evening laboratories and/or observing sessions
Prepare laboratory activities and materials and set up laboratories
Day-to-day operations and maintenance of Colby’s Collins and Young telescopes in consultation with faculty
Coordinate with Colby’s Science Division Repair Technician, Facilities Services, and Information Technology Services for maintenance and repair of the observatory, astronomy equipment, and associated computers
Participate in curriculum development
Coordinate with constituencies on and off campus for use of the observatory, including public outreach events
Follow all department safety requirements
Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
Bachelor’s degree in physics or astronomy or the equivalent in education and experience
Training in the use of telescopes and image processing software strongly preferred
Skills in observational astronomy
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education
Highly organized, attentive to detail, and dedicated to the department and the College
Commitment to working as part of a diverse team and student body
High energy, creative initiative, and flexibility
Flexibility on work schedule to support the department and teaching programs
This position has significant interactions with faculty and staff, students, and other constituencies, particularly the Instrument Repair Technician, Facilities Services, and Academic Computing.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds is required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.
Applications must be submitted on the Colby College web page:
Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:
Laboratory Instructor I (Physics and Astronomy)- Search Committee Office of Human Resources Colby College 5500 Mayflower Hill Waterville, ME 04901-8855
A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Colby College
Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.
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