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Harvard University Science Demonstrator in Cambridge, Massachusetts

60574BRAuto req ID:60574BRJob Code:405023 Res Phys/Med Sci (N) Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Science DemonstratorSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :056Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience (3+ years) in chemistry, physics, or a closely related field.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

Advanced degree in a technical or scientific field, 3 or more years of relevant experience. Ideally, one or more year of hands-on (e.g. demonstrations) experience with chemistry-related materials.

Additional Information:

  • We are committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an inclusive culture ( that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an inclusive culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace.

  • We regret that Harvard University is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this position.

  • All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Department:Science EducationPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentitySchedule:40 hrs/wk, Monday - Friday.Job Function:Research Position Description:

  • Advise faculty from FAS, SEAS, and DCE on how to choose and successfully execute and explain appropriate science demonstrations.

  • Arrange demonstrations in the lecture hall or classroom, for faculty’s ease of use and safety, and for the students’ ease of observation and safety, using cameras and other AV equipment when necessary. This will involve technical knowledge of the camera equipment to properly capture the phenomena at hand and technical knowledge of demonstration apparatuses such as high voltage, motorized devices, and proper storage and use of chemicals.

  • Contribute to demonstration spaces and equipment being kept in an orderly, safe, and efficient working order. This will involve timely maintenance, repair, or replacement of apparatus.

  • Document and analyze demonstrations, add them to the online lecture demonstration website, publish papers, and create videos.

  • Design and fabricate new demonstration apparatus.

  • Conceive/research new opportunities for partnerships, technologies, and outreach.

  • Identify and document new media-based/technological avenues for demonstrating concepts. Working in collaboration with faculty and staff colleagues, the Science Demonstrator will explore and develop simulations, animations, and other novel visualizations for phenomena relevant to the science curriculum.

  • Communicate and coordinate requests with colleagues via shared form/calendar/spreadsheet to efficiently track usage, prevent conflicts, and ensure continuity.

School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Working Conditions:This is a student- and faculty-facing job that requires a significant on-campus presence.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated (primary series) against COVID, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Information ( . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: .

Job Summary:

The Science Demonstrator designs, maintains, and executes science demonstrations for science courses in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a member of the Lecture Demonstration group. This position involves creating new demonstrations and experiments in response to changing instructional needs as well as interfacing with faculty, staff, and students.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.