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Assistant instructor for 8 week Python class

  • Like programming in Python?
  • Enthusiastic about teaching beginners to code?
  • Want to learn some computational biology?

Amber Biology (amberbiology.com) is seeking an assistant instructor for an 8 week beginner’s class introducing Python to life scientists. The course will be based upon our book Python For The Life Sciences (online at pythonforthelifesciences.com). The class will meet weekly at Harvard Medical School on Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm starting February 13, 2018. We're looking for somebody who’s fluent in Python, and who has a thorough knowledge of objected-oriented programming. Ideally, you would also have some experience teaching coding, and are enthusiastic about experiential learning. No background in biology is necessary, but an outgoing, patient and empathic personality is really essential for this job.

During each of the combined classroom and interactive coding sessions, the assistant instructor will help support the principal instructor, answering student’s Python questions one-on-one, as well as leading small groups in coding exercises and whiteboard discussions. In addition to the 24 class contact hours, the instructor will be expected to spend up to an additional 6 hours which includes initial pre-class training with the principal instructor and class preparation during the 8 week class session

This is an ideal opportunity for somebody with a computer science background to learn about the use of computational approaches in biology. All slides, a web-based Python coding environment and dinner during each session, will be provided. For the 30 hours of work, we will provide a generous compensation commensurate with experience.

If interested, please send a brief cover letter (in the body of the email) and a one or two page resume to instructor@amberbiology.com
Gordon Webster