Instructor and Undergraduate Lab Coordinator Position

University of Alabama at Birmingham   Birmingham , AL   Full-time     Education
Posted on January 11, 2023
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Instructor and Undergraduate Lab Coordinator Position

The UAB Department of Physics,, seeks candidates for the position of Instructor and Undergraduate Lab Coordinator. The successful applicant will coordinate all aspects of the operation of the undergraduate laboratories and participate in the teaching and curricular development of the introductory course sequence offered by the Department of Physics.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a comprehensive urban university with the nation’s third-largest public hospital, which has rapidly evolved into a world-renowned research university and health care center that ranks in the top ten nationally for student diversity. With over 22,500 students and 2,459 full-time faculty members, and a campus covering more than 100 city blocks, UAB ranks in the top 20 public universities for federal research funding and is the major research and teaching university in Alabama. Interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching are prominent. UAB was recently named America's No. 1 Best Large Employer and America's No. 4 Best Employer for Diversity (Forbes, 2021). Times Higher Education has ranked UAB No. 1 Young U.S. University for two years in a row, top 10 worldwide. We are also a founding partner of Innovation Depot, the largest high-tech incubator in the southeast, whose economic impact between 2010 and 2015 was $1.38 billion. UAB research funding is at an all-time high of over $800M, while the Physics footprint continues to grow with the new state-of-the-art Science and Engineering Complex that will host the Department in Fall 2023. The Department of Physics is experiencing growth fueled by its focus on Advanced Materials, Optics, and Computation, as well as using emerging technologies to provide equal opportunities for high-quality education across geographical, socio-economic, and gender boundaries. Our research-driven and student-centric Physics Program has witnessed an increase to historic height of the number of Physics majors and overall students taught. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, noted for its vibrant music scene, fine dining, warm weather, excellent schools, and a culture embracing diversity within driving distance to Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans.

This position is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure earning, career-track appointment. The position is renewable annually, subject to performance and funding availability. Duties include:

  • Coordinating the administrative, technical and academic operation of all undergraduate laboratories
  • Teaching one course each semester (in-person or online)
  • Training, scheduling, and supervision of teaching assistants.
  • Innovation and collaboration with Physics and Astronomy education faculty in curricular development

An M.S. degree in Physics or closely related area is required. The successful candidate must have teaching experience. We are especially interested in candidates who can translate the findings of physics education research into best teaching practices, build learning communities (live and virtual), and integrate emerging educational technologies in the curriculum. Faculty members hired into the rank of Instructor are eligible to apply for promotion during the annual promotion cycle. Specific criteria regarding promotion timelines will be provided during the interview process.

Qualified applicants should submit the following application materials: 1) a short cover letter summarizing qualifications and explaining interest in the position 2) a detailed curriculum vitae 3) a statement on teaching experience and philosophy, and 4) arrange for a minimum of three letters of reference. The anticipated start date is June 1, 2023, pending budgetary and administrative approval. Salary is commensurate with years of training and experience.

Application materials must be submitted to Chair, Introductory Physics Search Committee, through Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) treasures the rich diversity of our student body and is committed to their success. Members of the CAS community are expected to reflect our values for inclusive excellence in both our work and learning environment as well as in our efforts to serve and engage the community.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.