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Physics Laboratory Supervisor / Instructional Assistant - Brockport, NY #3900340

Company: The College at Brockport

Date: 09/13/2017

Category: Construction - Industrial and Infrastructure

City: Brockport, NY

Physics Laboratory Supervisor / Instructional Assistant

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Job no: 492574

Position type: Professional Non-Faculty

Location: Brockport

Division/Equivalent: Academic Affairs

School/Unit: School of Arts and Sciences

Department/Office: Physics

Categories: Professional Non-Faculty

Department Description:

The Department of Physics is housed in Smith Hall. Our facilities include up-to date classrooms and teaching labs, including computer-aided instruction capabilities. Our research facilities have been recently renovated and include state-of-the-art low temperature (< 1K) and surface science laboratories. Low temperature capabilities include a large Faraday cage enabling sensitive measurements (resistivity, Hall Effect, magneto-resistivity, specific heat, magnetic susceptibility). Surface science capabilities include a vapor deposition chamber and an atomic force microscope for the fabrication and characterization of samples. In addition, the Department has a planetarium and an observatory. All of these facilities are regularly used by faculty and students for educational and research purposes.

Students in the Department of Physics have many opportunities to engage with faculty in education and research. In addition to having small, rigorous classes, our curriculum is “research intensive.” It is structured so that as students progress, they become increasingly independent. Every student performs independent research as a Senior Seminar Project.

The new Lab Supervisor / Instructional Assistant will have the opportunity to support and engage with Physics faculty and students in educational and research activities.

Summary and Purpose of Position:

Oversees all teaching laboratories in the Physics department. Specifically, performs a variety of technical tasks related to physics laboratory operations including the procurement, testing, and maintenance of scientific equipment, and inventorying and purchasing equipment and supplies to facilitate teaching and research objectives. Furthermore, the Laboratory Supervisor / Instructional Assistant will be aware of the content of these courses on a weekly basis, will be actively involved in organizing equipment, will troubleshoot laboratory activities, and will teach some lab sections or courses, depending on qualifications.

Job Functions: Essential

  • Assumes primary responsibility for:

  • scientific equipment assembly, calibration, testing, maintenance, purchasing, and repair for student course laboratories,

  • attending and teaching up to two laboratory sections per semester in the Physics department as determined by the department chairperson,

  • serving in an active leadership role in laboratory setup (particularly when the course involves student assistants and/or multiple instructors),

  • supervision of student assistants, and

  • designing and developing new experiments and demonstrations.

  • Regularly organizes all teaching laboratory spaces within the department.

  • Oversees the physics mechanical shop in relation to safety, organization, equipment functionality and supplies. Maintenance in the mechanical shop includes:: a lathe, milling machine, band saw, and drill press. The shop serves as a storage facility for tools. Coordinate (or perform) necessary reparations.

  • Assists faculty with tasks related to the effective operation of science facilities including consulting and coordinating with Facilities Services staff in relation to mechanical, electrical, and space requirements/problems; with Campus IT staff in maintaining and enhancing department computing capabilities; and with appropriate personnel in relation to shipping and receiving.

  • Performs related duties as assigned by the Physics department chairperson.

Job Functions: Non-Essential

  • Occasionally assists with specific research activities of faculty.

  • Actively participates in department activities and functions.

Required Qualifications: B. S. degree in Physics or closely related field. One year of experience working in a Physics teaching and/or research laboratory environment.

Preferred Qualifications: M. S. degree in Physics or closely related field. Significant experience working in a Physics teaching and/or research laboratory environment.

Application Instructions:

Please visit to complete an application including your cover letter that addresses required and preferred qualifications, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Official transcripts are required upon hire. Applications will be accepted until 10/10/17 with preference given to application material submitted by 9/26/17. Employment at The College at Brockport is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and final budgetary approval.

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The College at Brockport, State University of New York is an AA/EEO/ADA employer. The College actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the College.

Advertised: 12 Sep 2017 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications deadline: 10 Oct 2017 11:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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