Astronomy and Space Science, Physics: Astrophysics, Physics: Physics
4 Year Degree
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking a laboratory instructor with an anticipated start date in mid-August 2021. With this position, the department will consist of six tenured faculty and two continuing 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, regular weekly maintenance and testing 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. Secondary responsibilities include additional support for other departmental laboratories, computers, and teaching demonstrations. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.
For more information and to apply, see https://colby.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/ColbyCareers/job/Colby-College/Lab-Instructor---Physics-and-Astronomy_R0000479
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.
In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.
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