The Physics Laboratory Manager serves as supervisor of the Physics and Astronomy Department's laboratories and equipment. This is a full-time, 12 month schedule position. The incumbent also teaches some sections of introductory physics laboratories when student demand requires more lab sections than can be taught by the full-time faculty.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Functions Statement(s)
• Set up and test introductory and upper-level physics laboratories.
• Teach laboratory sections in Physics 110, 120, 130 and 220 as needed.
• Prepare lecture demonstrations. The supervisor should maintain a catalog of the demonstrations that can be performed with available equipment.
• Set up astronomy laboratories as assigned.
• Management and maintenance of the department public areas including but not limited to hallway display cases, the department lobby, the department webpage, and dissemination of student research and internship opportunities.
• Maintaining and supervising activity in the machine shop. This includes but is not limited to keeping tools consolidated in the tool boxes and ensuring the equipment is running.
• Purchase equipment for the department. This includes equipment for faculty research as well as for the teaching laboratories.
• Manage and maintain laboratory equipment.
• Assist with maintenance and operation of equipment at McKim Observatory.
• Assist the faculty members with the development and maintenance of research laboratory facilities;
• Other duties at the direction of the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
• Accountability - Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
• Applied Learning - Ability to participate in needed learning activities in a way that makes the most of the learning experience.
• Diversity Oriented - Commitment to valuing a variety of different experiences, encouraging input and collaboration from campus stakeholders, including being mindful of experiences related, but not limited to: age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, LGBTQ, and/or job type.
• Resource Management (People & Equipment) - Ability to obtain and appropriate the proper usage of equipment, facilities, materials, as well as personnel.
• Presentation Skills - Ability to effectively present information publicly.
• Training - Ability to develop a particular skill in others to bring them up to a predetermined standard of work performance.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
Education: Bachelor's degree in Physics (or related science) required; (four year college or university)
Experience: Minimum one-year teaching in a laboratory setting highly preferred and prior experience in an academic environment preferred, minimum one-year.
Computer Skills: Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and general computer literacy
• Willingness to learn necessary electronics and machine shop skills
• Willingness to acquire proficiency in constructing and maintaining web pages
• Ability to work with people, including faculty members and students
Other Physical Requirements
Vision (Near, Distance, Peripheral, Depth Perception)
Hearing (Auditory perception, or audition)