Director of Undergraduate Introductory Laboratories
Physics Department


The Department of Physics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges invites applications for a Director of Undergraduate Introductory Laboratory position. We seek an innovative person to lead the modernizing of the lab curriculum, organize lab operations, and teach laboratory classes. This is a non-tenure track administrative appointment starting in the fall semester 2018.


  • Curriculum development for introductory physics laboratories
  • Planning and teaching laboratory sections of introductory physics (8 sections per academic year; typically 4 per semester)
  • Grading laboratory reports and submitting grades to the lecture instructor by the assigned deadline
  • Maintenance of departmental introductory laboratory budget
  • Maintenance of departmental laboratory safety plans
  • Holding weekly office hours on campus
  • Carrying out other instructional or academic duties as may be assigned by the Chair of the Department.


A Master's degree in Physics or closely related field is required, Ph.D. preferred; Experience teaching undergraduate physics laboratory and lecture is preferred.


This is a full-time, 12-month, benefits-eligible administrative salaried position. Typical hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The salary is competitive and is negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. The benefit package includes but is not limited to: 20 days of vacation each year; 10 paid holidays; medical, dental, and vision insurances; long-term disability coverage; life insurance; and retirement benefits. This position is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Review of applications will begin February 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should send a curriculum vitae; a statement describing prior experience with introductory and other physics laboratories and demonstrating their commitment to education; at least two letters of recommendation attesting to excellence in laboratory instruction; and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts to our applications collection service Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/48341.

If you have any questions about using Interfolio, please send to ferran@hws.edu.

For more information about the department, please visit http://www.hws.edu/academics/physics/.


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