Friday, May 10, 2013

Lab Coordinator at Occidental College, Los Angeles CA

The Lab Coordinator is a largely pedagogical position, with primary responsibilities in lab development. In consultation with physics faculty, the Lab Coordinator will coordinate and maintain the program of study in student labs throughout the physics curriculum.
Duties include:
  • Developing and maintaining the laboratory component of each course sequence, major and non-major, in which technical, analytical and writing skills are expected to imporove as students move through the sequence
  • Developing new labs where and when appropriate
  • Ensuring consistency across different lab sections within a particular course
  • Overseeing the implementation of any changes to the labs
  • Overseeing assessment of labs
  • Teaching some lab sections each year

The total time devoted to lab development will vary depending on teaching load, which is capped at no more than five courses (or ten lab sections) per academic year. The actual number of courses taught each year will be determined in consultation with the Dean, and will be based on the anticipated lab development and teaching needs in the department for the coming year. Annual assessment will be based on progress in meeting development goals and course evaluations.

Qualifications:  At least a Master’s degree in physics is required, although sufficient background in related fields will be considered. Excellent written and verbal communication skills required. The successful candidate is expected to have laboratory teaching experience; background in lab development is preferred. Depending on qualifications, the appointment will be made at the level of Instructor or Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor.
To Apply:  Applications must include a cover letter describing experience and a discussion of lab teaching philosophy.  All applications should be sent to with subject line indicating the position the application is for; two reference letters would be sent directly to the same address. Review of applications will begin May 30, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.  Any inquiries regarding the position should be sent to Professor Alec Schramm at