Oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the undergraduate physics laboratories and develops and maintains demonstration equipment used in introductory physics classes. Coordinates with faculty and other staff to ensure continued renewal and relevance of the laboratories for the courses they serve. Instructs graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) on the lab procedures, including any safety concerns, maintenance of equipment, and departmental grading standards. Selects vendors' products, designs and maintains equipment needed for physics laboratories and lecture demonstrations. Works with the faculty to develop new setups in both contexts. Assists with physics outreach activities (such as student lab tours) as needed.
Consults with related professionals to obtain information or identify new ideas and techniques to support the teaching labs. Identifies needs, prepares specifications, reviews and selects vendors' products and orders supplies and equipment as needed. Receives, inspects and approves deliveries for acceptability. Ensures that accurate, consistent, instruction and grading are maintained across all sections, and that lab safety is maintained. Works with course faculty to take any corrective measures required to maintain standards and consistency. Works proactively with other physics department and School of Science staff members to assure that equipment, consumables, IT, and other laboratory needs are met. Consults with faculty on the needs for lecture demonstration equipment. Designs, develops, and maintains teaching aids for faculty and GTAs such as physical demonstration equipment, informational handouts, small physics-related "giveways" and other items. Conducts classroom demonstrations.
Assists with departmental outreach activities such as lab tours and demonstrations for visiting grade school and high school students, and for physics outreach programs conducted in K-12 schools and other remote locations. Assists physics department faculty and staff with other activities in support of the department's educational and research mission. Hires and supervises hourly students as needed.
Bachelor's degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or a closely related field.
Knowledge of physics principles at the introductory course level. Strong problem solving abilities. Familiarity with computer office-suite software. Good interpersonal skills. Good time management skills including ability to effectively utilize time and financial resources, and ability to make decisions independently. Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours as dictated by the schedules for courses and outreach activities and the needs of the program. Ability to utilize electronic test equipment (oscilloscope, signal generator, digital voltmeter), basic optics tools (lenses and mirrors, low power laser, optics rail), typical introductory physics lab equipment (air tracks, carts, force sensors, digital balances, electronic, timers), and basic hand tools (drills and other power tools, wood and metal saws, wrenches and other hand tools).
One year in a similar position or experience in an educational setting. Experience with both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Ability to use machine tools (lathe, milling machines, drill press, band saw, grinding wheels).
Working Conditions / Demands
Must be able to perform essential job functions with or without an accommodation.
Salary Plan: TE
Salary Grade: 09
Job Function: Research
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