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Lecturer in Discipline

Columbia University
New York, US
$70,000 - $75,000
Posting live until
17 Apr 2024

Job Details

Frontiers of Science is a one-semester course that integrates modern science into the Core Curriculum of Columbia College in order to introduce exciting scientific ideas and inculcate scientific habits of mind. The program seeks to appoint three instructors at the rank of Lecturer in Discipline, These are full-time positions with multi-year renewal contingent on successful review. 

We invite applications from qualified candidates with significant experience teaching general science, multi-disciplinary courses to both science and non-science students. Frontiers of Science instructors will be appointed in an appropriate natural science department and teach two seminar sections (up to 22 students each) each semester. In addition, they attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course, which includes course-wide assessments, and carry out research in their field of interest. Finally, the instructors we seek will have additional responsibilities for leading other instructors in constructing common exams and coordinating other course-wide assessments, organizing student-faculty interaction opportunities, field trips, and public outreach via special events and social media, and working with non-traditional students through a novel course entitled Foundations of Science. Prior experience with such tasks is strongly preferred.

Frontiers of Science instructors receive a competitive salary and benefits.

For more information on the program, please contact Sandra Overo at or 212-853-1511.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.


Ph.D. in an appropriate field of science, received on or before June 30, 2024.

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruitment (ASR) system. Please upload the following required materials: cover letter, current CV, statement of research accomplishments and plans, statement of teaching experience, and a list of three reference providers, who will be asked to upload letters of recommendation. In the cover letter of application addressed to the Frontiers Program, please include the names of any Columbia University faculty in the sciences in whose laboratory or research group it would be particularly desirable to conduct postdoctoral research and training.

Before uploading documents, applicants first will be asked to input a name and valid email address for each reference provider. The application to this position requires reference letters. The applicant may enable the ASR system to generate an automatic email to the reference provider, politely requesting a letter of reference and offering a secure link to the ASR website where a letter can be uploaded quickly and easily.


The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty, staff, and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the University to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

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Academic Affairs, 202 Hamilton Hall
1130 Amsterdam Avenue, MC2811
New York
New York

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