2019-20 Life Sciences Core Curriculum Temporary Lecturer - LS 30A/B University of California, Los Angeles
Requisition Number: JPF04593 Recruitment Period Open May 13th, 2019 through Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Department of Life Sciences Core Curriculum Lecturer Position Available Fall, Winter and Spring 2019-2020
Lecturer for LS 30 A/B Salary dependent upon qualifications
Primary role of position:
Provide instruction in LS 30A/B Mathematics for Scientist. Duties include the following:
Lecture 3 hours Computational laboratory 1 hour. Hold office hours Prepare and submit student grades Supervise/Mentor Graduate Teaching Assistants
LIFE SCIENCE 30 A/B Mathematics for Scientist
The course teaches mathematical modeling as a tool for understanding the dynamics of biological systems. We will begin with the fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus, and then develop single- and multi-variable differential equation models of dynamical processes in ecology, physiology and other subjects in which quantities change with time. The laboratory will use the free computer program Sage for problem-solving, plotting and dynamical simulation. The necessary basic programming concepts and skills, such as program flow control and data structures, will be introduced. (No prior programming experience is assumed.)
Student Preparation: three years of high school mathematics (up to Algebra II), some basic familiarity with computers.
The final grade will be determined by homework (10%), lab exercises (10%), 2 midterms (20% each) and a (cumulative) final exam (40%). The student will receive either this grade OR the final exam grade less 5 points, in case that is larger. Students receive a Letter grading.
A set of notes, mostly written specifically for this course, but also including material from: Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical Approach (2nd edition) by Morris Kline Understanding Nonlinear Dynamics by Daniel Kaplan and Leon Glass Calculus for the Life Sciences (unpublished) by Sebastian J. Schreiber, Karl J. Smith and Wayne M. Getz
Qualifications include a Ph.D. degree in a life science discipline (Biology, Microbiology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Genetics or other related field) or a Ph.D. in Mathematical discipline (Mathematics, Biomathematics). Candidate must have experience in undergraduate teaching at a university level -substantial knowledge of pedagogy as related to college instruction; and preferably some experience with design, development, and use of computer assisted learning in the life sciences.
Candidate must also have a strong background in the use of deterministic models in biological systems. The course uses nonlinear multi-variable differential equations as models for processes in ecology, physiology, biochemistry, epidemiology and other subjects in the Life Sciences. Computer simulation of these systems is a critical feature of the course. Most importantly, since our students are freshmen and sophomores, many of whom may not have had calculus, it is absolutely necessary that the instructor have a proven background of being able to talk about mathematical modeling to non-mathematicians, even people whose background is high school math.
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy, https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.