Preceptor in Neurobiology

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Harvard University

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University is seeking applications for a preceptor in Neurobiology with a focus on improving undergraduate education in the field of neurobiology. The preceptor will work with faculty to run a large (~200 student) introductory neurobiology course (MCB 80, fall semester). The primary responsibilities will be to help develop materials (lecture modules, problem sets, demonstrations, etc.) and oversee the course (hiring and training teaching fellows, designing section materials, holding review sessions, setting up the course logistics, etc.). There will also be an opportunity to give a lecture in the course. During the spring and summer term, the preceptor will help develop new modules for other intermediate-level neurobiology courses and/or help develop new courses. The preceptor will work directly with faculty to innovate and reenergize neurobiology coursework and bring the best pedagogical practices to our students.

The appointment is expected to begin on August 1, 2017 or as early as is feasible. The preceptor will report to the lead faculty instructors of MCB 80 and the Neurobiology Head Tutor (Dr. Venkatesh Murthy). The initial appointment is for one year, renewable on a yearly basis for up to eight years, contingent upon performance, enrollments, and curricular need.

Qualifications: Doctorate in a neuroscience field with demonstrated experience teaching undergraduate students in science. Excellent organizational, written and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to lead and train teaching fellows and to manage relationships with undergraduate students. Experience in designing problem sets and in-class activities strongly preferred.

Please submit the following materials through the ARIES portal (, no later than July 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Please ask two referees to submit their letter of reference to your file at this site; the application is complete only when all both letters have been submitted.

Contact information:
Ryan Draft, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, Neurobiology
[email protected]

We strongly encourage applications from women and minority candidates. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.