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Academic Coordinator I: Program Coordinator for Experimental Labs and Lecture Demonstrations

Position overview

Position title: Program Coordinator for Experimental Labs and Lecture Demonstrations
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: 10/1/2022

Application Window

Open date: September 8, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Sep 22, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Physics at UC Santa Barbara seeks a 100% time Academic Coordinator to operate as a key member of the Physics Instructional Laboratory and Lecture Demonstration support unit, which develops and implements learning activities for Physics lower and upper division laboratory courses, teaching, and lecture demonstrations.

The Academic Coordinator serves as a first point of contact for faculty, staff, students, teaching assistants, Facilities Management, and other university units regarding undergraduate laboratory and lecture demonstration issues and concerns.

Course Oversight and Training:
Oversee the learning activities within designated laboratory courses and lecture demonstrations. In collaboration with other academic coordinators, supervise and assist TAs in providing hands-on training in the upper division and honors laboratories, demonstrate experimental procedures to students, and ensure proper use of lab equipment and apparatus. Provide oversight and guidance to students during open lab hours.

Work with Instructional Program Manager and faculty to co-develop or modify portions of course material.

Lab/Course Administration and Implementation:
Provide technical supervision and training of the TAs in the running of experiments. Modify existing equipment or specify procurement of necessary apparatus to meet instructional needs. Responsible for identification, development, and assembly of a variety of complex apparatus including but not limited to electronics, mechanical systems, audio-visual equipment, and remote
demonstrations using a wide variety of computer applications.

Implement the daily and weekly set-up and preparation of lab work and lecture demonstrations during the academic year and summer session.

Designs and tests demonstrations and lab experiments to determine teaching effectiveness, often requiring innovating problem solving and solutions. Modifies instructional lab equipment, fabricates operational prototypes or procures apparatus to meet instructional needs.

Provide support and training on the use of departmental telescopes to graduate student TAs and undergraduate majors. Responsible for maintenance of departmental telescopic equipment.

In consultation with the Instructional Program Manager co-author laboratory manuals and updates for lower and upper division labs as well as websites for lecture demonstrations and teaching labs.

These duties require an understanding of the course materials and objectives with the ability to assess how material from different aspects of the course(s) relate to one another, as well as the safe application of each learning outcome as detailed in the course material. Knowledge of health and safety regulatory requirements associated with experimental laboratory instruction is essential.

The Academic Coordinator serves as a member of the Physics Instructional Learning Group (ILG) comprised of five academic coordinators.

Salary is based on UC salary scales and depends on qualifications and experience.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Possess a Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or closely related field.

Preferred qualifications
  • MA in Physics, Electrical Engineering or related technical degree, or similar experience.
  • Adept with math and physics that may be encountered at the level of an undergraduate course
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulatory requirements associated with experimental laboratory instruction
  • 1-2 years experience working in higher education. Willing to learn new technical skills and interested in playing a key role in higher education instructional course development. 1-2 years experience working in a laboratory environment involving optics, nuclear physics, AMO, electrical systems, chemistry or biophysics

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)

With the applicant's permission, the committee will contact the references listed in UCRecruit for top candidates.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA