Manages teaching laboratories or classroom facilities. Defines short- and long-term objectives of the teaching laboratories and lecture demonstration facilities. Manages teaching laboratory/facility budget. Oversees maintenance of laboratory facilities. Supervises teaching laboratory support personnel. Trains and supervises graduate laboratory tutors. Monitors and implements improvements for teaching laboratories, including designing and improving lecture demonstrations and developing laboratory manuals. Designs, constructs and maintains laboratory equipment. Instructs students, staff and faculty in the operation of laboratory equipment and oversees set up and testing of laboratory equipment. Determines needed instrumentation and instructional materials and oversees maintenance and ordering of equipment, supplies and/or specimens. Assists students with experimental techniques and interpretation of data.
The Lab Manager would have primary responsibility for and leadership of undergraduate labs
Independently maintaining and implementing labs and introducing innovative approaches to lab instruction in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department undergraduate and Geophysical Sciences Department PHSC courses.
This position would report to the A&A Department Assistant Chair for Academic Affairs.
Specific Tasks of the Lab Manager:
Work closely with the course instructors to update and enhance the current laboratory offerings.
Expand the number of concept-based labs so that students taking more than one course will not repeat any labs and instead could have multiple opportunities to explore a single concept in depth.
Help provide lab instruction, training and pedagogical support to Teaching Assistants.
Manage the operation, maintenance, supplies, equipment and documentation of all experiments.
Maintain an online repository of developed lab projects with notes on implementation.
Be available to address issues that arise in the classroom concerning laboratory techniques and/or proper use of equipment.
Maintain computer equipment in the teaching labs and update hardware and software regularly to meet the current security needs.
Participate in departmental/divisional committees tasked with curricular matters
Conceptualize new labs as new courses are developed.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
High level of technical skill and Physics knowledge.
Ph.D. in physics or a related discipline.
Three to five years of related experience.
Teaching experience at the undergraduate level in physics or a related discipline.
Background in experimental science.
Extensive direct experience in developing student laboratories.
Experience with astronomical observations.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Programming and software skills, e.g., C/C++, python, Arduino, and data acquisition.
Interest in STEM undergraduate education for both Majors and non-Majors.
At least two years of experience maintaining computer hardware and software.
Hands-on physics laboratory skills.
Working Condition and Physical Requirements:
Laboratory, office and classroom environments
Ability to sit for up to 2 hours
Ability to use computers extensively for up to 2 hours
Ability to stand for up to 2 hours
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