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


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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.

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