Manage lecture demonstrations and introductory physics teaching laboratories. Responsible for pre-class set up and testing of all apparatuses for the introductory physics laboratories to ensure in working order, in-class troubleshooting, and purchasing and maintenance of all instructional laboratory/demonstration equipment and supplies. Update and maintain equipment and experiment database and instruct faculty in its use.
This is a one-year, limited-term position with the possibility of renewal.
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Lab Setup Pre-class Activities (60%)
Assembly, set up, and pre-class testing of introductory laboratory apparatuses and lecture demonstrations, as well as putting the equipment away when not needed, moving equipment among rooms and to/from storage. Manage student assistants (if any) and verify their work prior to start of classes.
Support during classtime (10% = 3.5 hr/week)
Be available at the start of class for emergency adjustments and repairs and check in to verify all needed equipment is present and working as intended. Assist during introductory physics laboratory sessions in place of student learning assistants on occasional basis as needed.
Maintenance (10% - 3.5 hr/week)
Update and maintain equipment and experimental activities database and instruct faculty in its use.
Miscellaneous Tasks (20%)
At the beginning of each semester, instruct and assist new faculty and student learning assistants in the setup and operation of electronic whiteboards and the video capture and display of classroom activities including in-class demonstrations, and then again as needed on an emergency basis during the semester, as these tasks are now regularly required by the college to meet student accommodations. Propose and develop new in-class demonstrations and/or improvements to existing demonstrations and experiments. Organization of equipment storage and coordination of lab classroom operations, including supervision of student assistants, if any. Participate in department outreach activities and other functions (such as presentations of the major) as needed; attend annual departmental retreat.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Bachelor’s in physics or related field required. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills are required. Knowledge and skills in the areas of instrumentation are required.
Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Knowledge and skills in machining, electronics, and data acquisition systems is preferred. Experience in the field of physics education and/or laboratory instruction is preferred. Experience with databases is preferred.
Mechanical and electrical troubleshooting; data collection and analysis abilities sufficient to verify proper operation of lab equipment, and ability to use the lab classroom Macintosh computers for lab instruction, data collection, and analysis. Use of computer database and spreadsheet software for equipment tracking and purchases.
Ability to move heavy equipment is required. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required, such as for special college events and departmental retreats.
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