Work at TJHSST

This is a listing of current job openings at our school for the 2019-2020 school year.  This list is informational only. 

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Steps to Apply

  1. Apply to directly through the Fairfax County Public Schools Jobs page.
  2. Email the TJSST SciTech Division Manager Mark Hannum (mshannum@fcps.edu) with your resume and cover letter.  Your cover letter should address your experiences and skills in relation to this job description.

Chemistry

Chemistry Instructor, Honors and Advanced Placement Courses

General Description

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was founded in 1985 as one of the first public STEM magnet schools in the county.  Since its founding TJ has served the gifted students of Northern Virginia with an innovative curriculum and advanced instruction from talented and creative teachers.  TJHSST is now seeking full and part-time instructors of Honors and/or Advanced Placement Chemistry that will sustain and expand this innovative curriculum for gifted students into the next generation. 

Fundamentally, candidates should have a very strong background in Chemistry content knowledge.  Competitive candidates should have several years of experience teaching at the high school or university level as well as experience either conducting or mentoring students through Chemistry related research.  Candidates should be able to teach advanced, first year courses in Chemistry and AP Chemistry at upper levels.  Additional opportunities may become available to teach an Introductory Organic Chemistry course in the future.  We are looking for strong communicators who can articulate science content, the connections between scientific disciplines, and modern science pedagogy to students, parents, and other teacher collaborators on the Chemistry team and across disciplinary lines.

The Chemistry curriculum at our school serves as an introduction to the subject but quickly builds through the AP course, an Organic Chemistry course, and culminates in our Chemical Analysis Research Lab.  Instruction encourages class dialogue, activities, and laboratory experiments in which students observe and analyze chemical systems in order to bolster conceptual understanding. As fundamentals are developed, students continue to deepen their grasp of the molecular basis of macroscopic properties and phenomena and examine principles and questions of increasing complexity.  In addition to hands on laboratory skills we are looking to expand the use of modern computational tools to increase data analysis and visualization of results. 

We will be collecting resumes from January through early March, and then invite candidates for interviews shortly after this window.

Required Skills/Certifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Chemistry
  • Ability to develop vertically integrated lab experimentation program to foster necessary knowledge and skills to learn chemistry through hands on lab experiences.
  • Documented Chemical Safety Training
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment
  • Teaching Certification in Commonwealth of Virginia or willingness to become certified[1].

Additional Skills/Certifications

  • Advanced Degree in Chemistry
  • Proficiency in all or some of the following:
    • R programming language
    • Python/Jupyter Notebooks
    • MATLAB
    • Mathematica
    • Other computer language
  • Experience conducting research or mentoring students through a formal research process.
  • Experience in Chemistry curriculum design and evaluation with an emphasis on student centered investigative laboratory experiences.
  • Experience working with gifted/advanced students in an accelerated system.
  • Experience with Vernier wireless sensors

 

Geosystems

Honors Geosystems Instructor

General Description

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was founded in 1985 as one of the first public STEM magnet schools in the county.  Since its founding TJ has served the gifted students of Northern Virginia with an innovative curriculum and advanced instruction from talented and creative teachers.  TJHSST is now seeking full and part-time instructors of Honors Geosystems that will sustain and expand this innovative curriculum for gifted students into the next generation. 

Fundamentally, candidates should have a very strong background in Geophysical Systems content knowledge.  Competitive candidates should have several years of experience teaching at the high school or university level as well as experience either conducting or mentoring students through Geoscience related research.  Candidates should be able to teach an advanced, first year course in calculus based Geosystems with GIS.  We are looking for strong communicators who can articulate science content, the connections among scientific disciplines, and modern science pedagogy to students, parents, and other teacher collaborators on the Geosystems team and across disciplinary lines.

The Geosystems course at our school is the capstone science course incorporating material in the earth, atmospheric, and oceanic sciences. The course is intended to apply, exercise, and extend students' prior experience in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Learning objectives includes lecture, lab(including ArcGIS and Stella simulations), seminars, and projects.

We will be collecting resumes from January through early March; candidates will be invited for interviews shortly thereafter.

Required Skills/Certifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Geosystems, Geochemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry, Oceanography, Physics, or related fields
  • Proficiency in all or some of the following:
    • ArcGIS
    • Stella
    • MATLAB
    • Python/Jupyter Notebooks
    • Mathematica
    • Other computer language
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment
  • Teaching Certification in Commonwealth of Virginia or willingness to become certified[1].

Additional Skills/Certifications

  • Advanced Degree in a Geoscience related field
  • Experience conducting research or mentoring students through a formal research process.
  • Experience in Geosystems curriculum design and evaluation.
  • Experience working with gifted/advanced students in an accelerated system.

 

Physics

Physics Instructor, Honors and Advanced Placement C Courses

General Description

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was founded in 1985 as one of the first public STEM magnet schools in the county.  Since its founding TJ has served the gifted students of Northern Virginia with an innovative curriculum and advanced instruction from talented and creative teachers.  TJHSST is now seeking full and part-time instructors of Honors and/or Advanced Placement C Physics that will sustain and expand this innovative curriculum for gifted students into the next generation. 

Fundamentally, candidates should have a very strong background in Physics content knowledge.  Competitive candidates should have several years of experience teaching at the high school or university level as well as experience either conducting or mentoring students through Physics related research.  Candidates should be able to teach advanced, first year courses in calculus based Physics however additional opportunities exist to teach courses in introductory Optics, Quantum Mechanics and Computational Physics.  We are looking for strong communicators who can articulate science content, the connections between scientific disciplines, and modern science pedagogy to students, parents, and other teacher collaborators on the Physics team and across disciplinary lines.  Competitive candidates will have documented experience designing and implementing student-centered instruction that helps guide students to formulate their own understandings, make connections to multiple subjects, and then apply knew knowledge to novel problems.

The Honors and AP Physics courses at our school cover introductory Mechanics and the foundations of Electricity and Magnetism.  Both courses strive to build conceptual and applied understanding of fundamental physical laws through engaging class discussions, hands on laboratory investigations, and use of modern computational tools to simulate and predict complex behavior.  Building understanding from first principals is essential.  In both courses, but especially the AP course, the use of calculus is pervasive and intrinsic to the development of student understanding.

We will be collecting resumes from January through early March; candidates will be invited for interviews shortly thereafter.

Required Skills/Certifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Physics or related field
  • Ability to develop vertically integrated lab experimentation program to foster necessary knowledge and skills to learn Physics through hands on lab experiences and make use of modern computational tools.
  • Proficiency in all or some of the following:
    • MATLAB
    • Python/Jupyter Notebooks
    • Mathematica
    • Other computer language
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment
  • Teaching Certification in Commonwealth of Virginia or willingness to become certified[1].

Additional Skills/Certifications

  • Advanced Degree in Physics or related field
  • Experience conducting research or mentoring students through a formal research process.
  • Experience in physics curriculum design and evaluation.
  • Experience working with gifted/advanced students in an accelerated system.