Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Director of Physics Lab Education, University of Idaho


Position Details

Position Information
Position TitleDirector of Physics Lab Education
Division/CollegeCollege of Science
FLSA StatusOvertime Exempt
Employee CategoryExempt
Pay Range$41,442.64 or higher depending on experience and education
Type of AppointmentFiscal Year - 10 Month
Full Time/Part TimeFull Time
FundingThis position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.
A visa sponsorship is available for the position listed in this vacancy.Uncertain
Position Responsibilities
Internal Posting?
Position Summary
Oversight for graduate teaching assistants to ensure laboratory courses have adequate materials and content for instruction. Maintenance of facilities and materials for lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments. Supervision and guidance for graduate teaching assistants in effective instructional practices and techniques during Laboratory instruction.
Job Duty FunctionManages the day-to-day operations of the Physics Educational Laboratories by:
Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Overseeing and assuring the quality of all labs, experiments, and demonstration activities within the department.
• Setting-up complicated and involved lecture demonstrations.
• Diagnosing, fixing and maintaining complex laboratory equipment and demonstrations to ensure quality laboratory and demonstration facilities.
• Ensuring the security of laboratory and demonstration facilities from theft, abuse, etc.
• Ensuring laboratory safety is being maintained by the teaching assistants and students during the course of instruction.
• Keeping abreast of developments in educational research.
• Balancing of staffing numbers to laboratory sections.
• Managing lab revenues.
• Being responsible for cost analysis, development of fee structure, and monthly monitoring of laboratory budget.
• Maintaining the Physics FabLab equipment.
Job Duty FunctionDevelops laboratory instrumentation, manuals and/or new procedures by:
Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Overseeing laboratory courses.
• Reviewing current laboratory equipment to determine if it is up to date with current standards.
• Determining if laboratory equipment needs to be upgraded or replaced.
• Researching and understanding new trends in physics laboratory instruction.
• Planning and scheduling reviews with teaching assistants of laboratory experiments with the goal of improving laboratory manuals/equipment.
• Leading the planning and writing of the laboratory education curriculum to ensure the relevancy of educational objectives and aligned teaching practices.
• Writing educational proposals to develop new physics laboratory curriculum or for the purchase of advanced physics education equipment.
• Keeping abreast of developments in best practices for lab instruction.
• Attending training courses, seminars, and demonstrations in undergraduate physics laboratory education and related topics.
Job Duty FunctionSupervises a team of teaching assistants by:
Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Providing direct supervision and review of all work performed approximately 10 teaching assistants.
• Conducting weekly planning meetings involving all teaching assistants.
• Maintaining a safe working environment and following regulations in accordance with the UI Faculty-Staff Handbook and relevant university policies.
• Meeting with teaching assistants throughout the semester to review laboratory outcomes and to provide constructive suggestions for improved performance/outcomes.
• Providing guidance to the teaching assistant(s) in charge of educational laboratory computer facilities.
Job Duty FunctionEnsures proper laboratory protocols, procedures and methods by:
Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Implementing and ensuring the adherence to educational protocols, as defined by the faculty.
• Providing guidance for the accurate execution of experimental procedures associated with laboratories.
• Ensuring that the educational standards and equipment are consistent with departmental guidelines and general expectations of a strong physics curriculum.
• Maintaining complete and accurate records of laboratory manuals and associated documentation.
• Conducting complex testing of laboratory equipment to ensure that it is in proper operating condition.
• Ensuring adherence to laboratory safety practices and procedures.
Job Duty FunctionServes as principle representative of physics educational laboratories to university clients and contacts by:
Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Meeting with students to resolve scheduling conflicts, add/drop, and other activities associated with enrollment.
• Providing guidance regarding laboratory class requirements and attendance.
• Helping teaching assistants resolve issues related to laboratory class grading procedures.
• Reporting student related issues to the Chair in a timely fashion.
• Working with other departments to provide demonstrations upon request.
• Helping other departments with advising as it pertains to laboratory education.
• Making presentations at educational meetings.
Position Qualifications
Required Qualifications
• Masters degree in Physics or Mechanical Engineering or related technical field
• Experience in design and assembly of laboratory apparatus
• Experience in operating, troubleshooting and repairing lab equipment
Preferred Qualifications
• 3+ years experience designing/maintaining physics demonstrations
• 1+ year experience managing personnel
• Experience as large classroom instructor
• Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions
Must be able to carry and/or otherwise move up to 50 lbs.
Degree RequirementListed degree qualification is required at time of hire.
Posting Information
Posting NumberSP002227P
Posting Date05/30/2019
Closing Date
Open Until FilledYes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Posting open until filled. Initial review will begin on June 27, 2019. Applications received by this date will receive first priority.
In addition to the online application, please submit a resume and a detailed letter of qualification addressing all of the minimum and preferred qualifications.
Background Check Statement
Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
EEO Statement
The University of Idaho (U of I) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, U of I does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, genetic information or status as any protected veteran or military status in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions and educational programs.

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  2. Letter of Qualification
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