The Department of Physics (physics.fiu.edu) at Florida International
University invites applications for a position of Astronomy Lab Manager
to begin February 4, 2013. Candidates with a Master’s degree will be
given special consideration. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in
Physics, Astronomy or related area is also preferred. Candidates should
have experience in astronomy and possess organizational and supervisory
skills, and be familiar with pedagogical methods. The successful
candidate will be in charge of the introductory astronomy laboratories,
including updating, maintaining, and implementing laboratory exercises,
training and supervising graduate teaching assistants, and providing
oversight of the laboratory sections taught by graduate teaching
assistants. Familiarity with telescopes and related equipment is
desired. Interested candidates should apply online at http://careers.fiu.edu
and reference Position No. 505207. Please include a resume or
curriculum vitae, contact information for three potential references,
and a statement describing relevant experience. Review of applications
will begin on December 16, 2012 and continue until the position is
filled. Additional duties include, but are not limited to:
• Operates, repairs and performs routine maintenance on observatory
equipment including telescopes, eyepieces, filters and CCD cameras.
Maintains an inventory of lab equipment.
•Develops and fabricates astronomy-related educational demonstration materials.
•Supervises the operation and arranges the schedule of the student
observatory during night time observing hours. Answers students'
questions regarding the astronomy lab courses. Ensures that messages for
night labs are recorded daily by the specified time.
•Coordinates the teaching assignments of the teaching assistants each
semester. Trains TAs on the use of telescopes and on identifying objects
in the night sky. Instructs and prepares physics TAs on teaching
astronomy indoor labs. Ensures that all TAs use a consistent set of
policies and procedures regarding labs. Performs TA evaluations.
•Prepares and processes paperwork associated with the outdoor labs.
•Orders and stores all equipment, and maintains contacts with equipment
vendors. Monitors the equipment budget and prepares an annual report for
the Chair. Maintains computers and lab equipment and selects and
installs new software. Stays up to date on new products and
•Creates lab manuals, stays up to date with the revision process. This
includes selection of and working with the publisher and an editor and
following the manuals from rough draft to final printing. Orders the
manuals for the bookstore.
•Organizes regular meetings with the TAs and adjuncts to provide an
opportunity to express concerns about and give suggestions for the
•Adapts labs to the new state of the art laboratory facility in the Stocker AstroScience Center.
•Conducts trial teaching of astronomy laboratories to graduate TAs and
adjuncts for training purposes, or to test new exercises to see where
deficiencies are and to provide input for lab manual improvements or
revisions. Works on converting the manuals to electronic versions.
Regularly attends labs taught by TAs to critique their teaching and give
them ideas on better teaching methods and material comprehension.
•Maintains astronomy lab Web pages on both Apple and Windows operating systems.
•Assists astronomy faculty in improvement and refurbishment of astronomy labs. Provides support for observatory improvements.
•Assists in organizing and provides technical support for public outreach programs.
•Assists in organizing and provides technical support for public programs, open houses and special observatory tours.
•Provides support to the student astronomy group in the maintenance of its web page.
•Performs related duties as required or as directed. The omission of
specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties
that are logically related to the position.
•Ability to work some evening work schedules as late as 11:00 pm.
•Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s preferred.
•Previous experience in a physics laboratory.
•Working knowledge of Astronomy.
Salary: $39,000-$44,000, commensurate with experience.
For more information or to apply, please visit us at careers.fiu.edu and reference Job Opening ID# 505207.
FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and is an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer.