Saturday, November 26, 2016

Lab Academic Assistant (PhD), UConn

Job description and advertisement material for a lab manager in Physics
University of Connecticut, Physics Dept

The Physics Department Academic Assistant III position requires major responsibility and skills for high-enrollment laboratory courses in physics and astronomy. Duties include all aspects of teaching lab management (lower and upper division), coordination with faculty for all labs, including  preparation and revision of lab manuals, trouble-shooting and development of teaching lab experiments, training and supervision of teaching assistants, and development of grading policy and teaching assistants (TAs) evaluation methods. Duties also include equipment maintenance and repair with lab technician’s assistance, purchase of equipment and supplies, scheduling of teaching labs, supervision of lab technicians, and responsibility for budget management of multiple accounts used to support all the teaching labs. Administrative duties include enrollment management in laboratory courses, supervision of lab support personnel in physics and astronomy courses, general laboratory infrastructure management, and related duties. Computer literacy is required.

The department seeks applicants with teaching lab/research lab experience and keen interest in modern teaching methods, including design and implementation of studio, or scale-up, courses for introductory physics classes. Furthermore, the successful applicant is expected to seek federal grant funding for research in related undergraduate education. The lab manager is expected to collaborate with faculty and assist in the operations of the advanced physics teaching labs. The department seeks applicants who are interested in outreach activities like performing demonstrations at public schools and providing or supporting summer activities to promote careers in physics. The department is especially interested in recruiting underrepresented groups.

A Ph.D., or equivalent, in physics or astronomy with teaching lab and research experience is required. Must be familiar with modern lab equipment, be well organized, demonstrate/has supervisory abilities, and be able to handle multiple tasks and requests at the same time. The successful applicant is expected to interact positively and cooperatively with a large and diverse group of faculty, staff assistants, teaching assistants, undergraduate students, and University administrative personnel.

ppointment Terms
This is a full-time position with excellent benefits located at the University of Connecticut’s main campus in Storrs. Compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply
From the UConn Jobs website,, Search Job ID# 2017044 and select “Apply Now" to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application.  For full consideration, qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for three professional references.  Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.