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Academic Coordinator (Program Coordinator for Upper Division Lab Courses)

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The Department of Physics seeks an Academic Coordinator to coordinate the upper division and honors laboratory course activities for physics majors. This involves oversight of the laboratory instruction of courses for the major including Honors Experimental Physics (13ABCL), Analog Electronics (127AL), Digital Electronics (127BL), Advanced Experimental Physics (128ABL), Scientific Computation (129L), and Observational Astrophysics (134L), requiring an understanding of the course material and objectives.

Course Oversight and Training:

Oversee the learning activities within the designated laboratory courses: 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.

Coordinate the laboratory teaching schedule with the teaching assistants (TA) and meet with each laboratory section at the start of each quarter to resolve enrollment difficulties. Conduct weekly training meetings for the TAs and direct the preparation of the laboratory materials. 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.

Implement the weekly set-up and preparation of lab work in each of the upper division and honors lab sections during the academic year and summer session.

In consultation with the Instructional Program Manager may co-author the laboratory manuals and updates for upper division labs.

Manage the development and future operation of the Physics Maker Laboratory, including recommendations for recharge activities.

Serve as back-up to the Lower Division Program Coordinator and/or Lecture Demonstration Coordinator.

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 Upper Division Program Coordinator (AC I) will work closely with the Lower Division Program Coordinator (AC I) and serve as a member of the Physics Instructional Laboratory and Lecture Demonstration support unit comprised of three academic coordinators and a staff research associate.

At minimum, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in physics or related field and have prior experiences with instructional laboratory programs. Preferred applicants will have demonstrated knowledge/experience with the experimental procedures, lab equipment and apparatus used in advanced experimental physics and analog electronics college courses.

Applicants should submit their cover letter, CV and contacts for 3 references on or before June 19, 2018. All applications must be received through UC Recruit. Interested applicants should apply at the following link: Position is anticipated to start Summer 2018.

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.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)