Friday, July 15, 2016

Lab Manager at Washington University St Louis

The laboratory manager supports the teaching faculty in the introductory calculus-based physics sequences. This permanent, full time (12 month), technical staff position entails: training and instructing graduate students in teaching and overseeing them on a day-to-day basis; teaching undergraduates in introductory physics lab; collaborating with the course instructors to design, test, and implement new experiments utilizing current physics pedagogy; setting up and taking down laboratory equipment; facilitating the day-to-day operation of the introductory labs; and other activities related to the introductory physics laboratory program. The lab manager must be able to work and think independently in developing and implementing all aspects of the introductory physics lab.

  • Train graduate student teaching assistants in how to interact with students non-traditional inquiry-based lab experiments.  In particular, training occurs in a multi-day session at the start of the semester, and then during periodic group sessions and one-on-one meetings throughout the semester. 
  • Manage graduate student TAs on a day-to-day basis throughout the semester, by periodically observing and discussing their teaching practices; monitoring the consistency and timeliness of their grading; and intervening when necessary to discuss and resolve the issues with the TA. 
  • Teach and grade 2-3 introductory physics lab sections (containing roughly 28 students each).
  • Continue curriculum development to update the experiments and apply the most current physics pedagogies to improve student learning, engage students in the material, and spark their curiosity.
  • Administrative duties, including purchasing supplies, setting lab schedules, website maintenance, creating Blackboard pages and weekly lab quizzes, controlling books and keys, assist with determining final lab grades.
  • Set-up and take down laboratory experiments. Due to logistics of changing to a new experiment, this will require some non-standard work hours, including early morning or weekend work.
  • Lab equipment maintenance to ensure it remains in good working order.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Job Title
Laboratory Manager, Physics Department; School of Arts & Sciences - 34145
Job ID
Danforth - Main Campus
Full/Part Time

Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in physics or related field and three years related work experience.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree in physics or related field.

Salary Range
The hiring range for this position is $36,660 - $49,491 annually.

-Retirement Savings Plan
-22 vacation days
-8 Paid Holidays
-Sick Time
-Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
-Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
-Free Life Insurance
-Health, Dental, Vision
-Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
-Long Term Disability Insurance
-Flex Spending Plan
-Other Benefits

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EOE Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, protected veteran, or disability status.