Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Lab Instructor at Colgate University (upstate New York)


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Colgate University has an opening beginning Fall 2021 for a full-time position. The primary responsibility will be teaching introductory physics laboratories for the non-calculus courses: Physics 111 (mechanics) in the fall and Physics 112 (electricity and magnetism) in the spring. For Fall 2021, the 3-hour labs are scheduled for at least three afternoons. In the spring and following semesters, there will be three to four laboratory sections per week, depending on enrollment. In addition, the position will include other options for working with students and improving pedagogy, particularly organizing our peer-led workshops for the Physics 111-112 sequence. Strong candidates will be able to guide student workshop leaders, tutors, and mentors from across the physics curriculum to develop good pedagogical practices and enable positive interactions between students. The position may also include other activities such as advising students who are interested in teaching careers, developing new lab experiments and pedagogies, assessing teaching effectiveness, and helping to create an inclusive and exciting learning environment for all students at Colgate, including students from groups typically under-represented in physics and astronomy.

Email inquiries to Enrique Galvez (egalvez@colgate.edu) are welcome.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Demo Manager, UT Austin, TX


Job Posting Title:

Research Engineering/Scientist Associate I


Hiring Department:

Department of Physics


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Description:

Manage and direct the operations of the Physics Lecture Demonstration Office.


Job Details:

General Notes

An energetic candidate is sought to perform, coordinate, and direct the activities of our physics lecture demonstration classrooms and demonstration preparation rooms.


•    Hire, train and supervise Demo Office support staff, including maintaining payroll records, conducting training sessions for staff and faculty, and providing overview of each week's demonstrations.

•    Maintenance of the lecture demonstration collection, including construction, repair, and refurbishing of Physics demonstrations used in the Painter classrooms. Designing, building, or purchasing new instructor-recommended demonstrations or supplies. Reporting of problems concerning the physical condition of the Painter classrooms and the classroom multimedia system.

•    Maintenance of the Lecture Demonstrations website to include updating HTML documents and an online inventory of demonstration-related photos, videos, links to videos; also, updating the web-based system for requesting demonstrations in the Painter classrooms.

•    Delivery of lecture demonstrations for classes taught in Painter Hall.

•    Delivery and performance of lecture demonstrations for updated videos, to include both brief instructional and longer pedagogical videos of each demonstration.

•    Prepare and perform the traditional Physics Circus as an outreach activity, including several special days per year (Parent's Day; Explore UT Day; Physics High School Teachers Workshops), without interfering with availability of demonstrations for the core classrooms taught in the Painter Lecture Halls.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree.  Mechanical and electrical skills. Ability to supervise and manage  student employees.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D. in Physics or a related field.  Expertise in physics experiments or demonstrations, including mechanical, electrical, thermal, magnetic, optical, vacuum, and cryogenic techniques.  Excellent communication and supervision skills.

Salary Range

$38,000–46,000+ depending on qualifications.

Working Conditions

•    Work in an academic laboratory and lecture room environment

•    Use of manual dexterity

•    Work around mechanical and electrical hazards

Required Materials

•    Resume/CV

•    Three (3) work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

•    Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume in the first step of the online job application process. Then, any additional Required Materials will be uploaded in the My Experience section; you can multi-select the additional files or click the Upload button for each file. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

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Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

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Monday, June 14, 2021

PhET Project Postdoc [working with Prof. Carl Wieman], Palo Alto CA

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Science Education Research with the PhET Interactive Simulations Project

The PhET Interactive Simulations project at CU Boulder has an opening for a Research Associate (postdoctoral researcher) position focusing on studying interactive simulations (sims) for learning science. The research project, funded by the Yidan Prize Foundation, is led by Carl Wieman, Professor at Stanford University and Founder of and Senior Advisor to PhET. The successful candidate will work with Professor Wieman in Palo Alto, CA. The PhET Team develops interactive sims for teaching and learning science and math, builds activities that couple with the sims, and makes all of these resources freely available worldwide to educators and students on the web.

This project will mesh with and build on the work of Wieman’s group in studying problem-solving in science. The successful candidate will test this hypothesis by addressing the following research questions:
- How well do students learn knowledge and problem-solving skills through sim based educational activities compared to other instructional formats?
- How well does this learning process transfer across simulations and subjects?
- What is an optimum sim-based activity design for achieving such learning?

More information on PhET can be found at: http://phet.colorado.edu
More information on the Wieman group can be found at: https://wiemangroup.stanford.edu

To learn more and to apply, go to the CU Boulder Jobs posting:

Friday, June 11, 2021

TWO VAPs at University of New England, ME


Position Details

Position Type Faculty

Faculty Track Non Tenure

Position Title Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor, Physics

Employment Status Full Time

Months 9

Campus Biddeford, ME


The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (SMAPS) at the University of New England invites applications for a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure-track faculty position in Physics at the rank of Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor, to begin August 16, 2021. The school seeks an individual who is highly committed to an academic appointment with an emphasis on excellence in teaching at a primarily undergraduate institution and who will become an actively engaged member of the School, College, and University communities.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following material:

• Cover letter

• Curriculum vita

• A statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2 pages maximum)

• A statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

• Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable)

• Names and contact information for three professional references who can provide letters of reference specifically addressing potential for excellence in teaching.


Teaching responsibilities will primarily be in the year-long General Physics sequence teaching student-centered studio physics sections. The School provides instruction to a wide range of life and health science majors and seeks to connect relevant biological content to a physics concept foundation of mechanics, fluids and waves.

The sequence uses modeling physics instruction with activities adapted and implemented for an “Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences” (IPLS) approach.


A Master’s degree in Physics or a closely-related field is required by time of hire. Candidates with a Ph.D. in Physics are preferred.

Individuals with experience and/or training in physics education research, guided inquiry techniques (such as modeling instruction), and/or teaching introductory physics for life and health science majors are especially encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will have experience in, and a demonstrated commitment to, promoting and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in an educational and work environment consistent with the University’s core value.

EEO Statement Summary

Consistent with federal and state law and University policy, the University of New England is committed to the fundamental concept of equal opportunity for all of the members of the University community. The University prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination in employment, the provision of academic services or in any other area of University life based on race, color, sex, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, ethnicity, genetic information, HIV status, or status as a veteran. Prohibited bias factors will not be permitted to have an adverse influence upon decisions regarding students, employees, applicants for admission, applicants for employment, contractors, volunteers or participants in and/or users of institutional programs, services, and activities.

COVID Vaccination Statement (PLEASE NOTE)

In order to protect the health and safety of the UNE community, UNE requires all students enrolled in classes on our campuses and all on-campus employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before the start of the fall 2021 semester or prior to the start of employment, whichever is later. The University allows for religious and medical exemptions to the policy. Applicants who believe they are eligible for a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine may seek the exemption through Human Resources after they receive a conditional offer of employment. Please note that no person to whom the policy applies will be finally employed or permitted to work if they are not vaccinated unless they request an exemption and are granted one.

Posting Number 20161171P

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

Cover Letter

Curriculum Vitae

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Undergraduate Transcripts

Graduate Transcripts

Additional Document (Please see Posting Details for more information)

Optional Documents

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

FT Lecture Demonstrator, University of Chicago


Teaching Support Specialist

Hyde Park Campus


 PSD Physics: Teaching Support

About the Department

The Department of Physics at The University of Chicago was established in 1893 by A. A. Michaelson.  As then, the Physics Department continues to prides itself on cross-disciplinary research which is carried out over several multi-disciplinary institutes and centers: the Enrico Fermi Institute, the James Franck Institute, the Institute for Molecular Engineering, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, the Kadanoff Center for Theoretical Physics, and the Computation Institute.  The Physics Department values the benefits that diversity brings to life and science. We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive environment that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry encouraging diverse perspectives, intellectual engagement and exchange.

Job Summary

The job of the lecture demonstrator is to provide demonstrations of physics phenomena and other classroom support for the faculty of the physics department.  The successful candidate will be responsible for all facets of the lecture demonstration operation while working alongside the instructional lab staff to support the departments teaching mission.


Works with faculty to provide lecture demonstration support, including the following: consulting with and advising faculty on suitable demonstrations, setting up and testing requested demonstrations before lectures, operating demonstrations during lecture when requested, and removing apparatus at the conclusion of lecture.

Works within tight time constraints, often with overlapping faculty or lectures.

Maintains and improves existing demonstrations and their documentation and maintains a lecture demonstration website and catalog of digital photos, videos, and associated media.

Conducts research and development of new demonstrations, both in response to faculty requests and on their own initiative. 

Cares for and oversees the lecture facilities, including the following: providing support for and solving general audio/visual issues; recommending purchases of lecture/teaching facility equipment such as computers, software, technical apparatus, and supplies; and identifying building maintenance problems related to lecture facilities.

Supports department outreach programs and special events.    

Acts as a resource for and instructs faculty on the proper usage of technical scientific apparatus. Uses best practices and laboratory knowledge to promote safety in handling hazardous equipment and materials.   

Provides support for and solves general audio/visual issues. Recommends purchases of computers, software, and technical apparatus and supplies. Identifies building maintenance problems.

Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.


Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.




Preferred Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in physics or closely related field

Master’s degree or higher


The overall roles and responsibilities will be shaped by the strengths and interests of the individual. We are particularly interested in candidates will skills or experience in one or more of the following areas:

Machine shop (e.g. metalwork, woodwork, 3D printing, laser cutting)

Engineering design

Electronic repair and circuit design

Computer programming

Audio/video production and editing

Teaching pedagogy

Preferred Competencies

Strong knowledge of typical first year physics curriculum including classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves, and optics.

Ability to safely work with physics laboratory equipment such as high and low voltage power supplies, oscilloscopes, function generators, cryogenics, gas cylinders, lasers, radioactive sources, etc.

Ability to repair and maintain scientific apparatus, including older homemade equipment.

Ability to work standing up for extended times and move moderately heavy equipment.

Ability to respond on short notice and work in stressful situations

Ability to work independently in a self-directed manner as well as in a group environment

Strong organizational skills.

Technical competence in electronics and computer interfaces.

Application Documents

Resume/CV (required)

Cover Letter (required)

Reference Contact Information (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Academic Affairs

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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