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Academic Coordinator (Program Coordinator for Lower Division Lab Courses)

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The Department of Physics seeks an Academic Coordinator to coordinate the lower division laboratory course activities for the Physics Department. This involves oversight of the laboratory instruction of the service courses and lower division sequence for the majors, totaling over 4200 students in 206 sections during the academic year and summer. The course laboratory sections include Basic Physics 3L, 4L, 5L, Introductory Physics 6AL, BL, CL, and General Physics 25L.

Lab Coordination/Training/Safety
Responsible for providing all necessary materials, equipment, space, computer facilities, and safety equipment, necessary to run the undergraduate laboratory classes. In consultation with Instructional Program Manager and course instructors, implement the laboratory curricula and assist TAs with the laboratory instruction as needed. Coordinate the laboratory teaching schedule with the teaching assistants, graders and tutors, and meet with each laboratory section at the start of each quarter to resolve enrollment difficulties. Conduct weekly training meetings for the teaching assistants and prepare or direct the preparation of the laboratory materials. Weekly meetings include discussion of TA concerns and suggestions that may have arisen the previous week, review lab and safety issues on an ongoing basis. Ensure all laboratory apparatus is regularly inspected and maintained to promote a safe and reliable lab environment. Ensure repair or replacement of inoperative or outdated equipment.

Interface with Instructional Program Manager and Course Instructors on the development and presentation of course materials and methodology including the engineering of proposed laboratory experiments. Collaborate on the design and implementation of new and modified course experiments. Coordinate changes in lab exercises and materials to match curriculum as needed, sometimes replacing entire lab exercises, sometimes on short notice. Implement set-up/tear-down of experiments in the lower division labs regularly. Modify existing equipment or specify procurement of necessary apparatus to meet instructional needs in the instructional labs. In consultation with the Instructional Program Manager and course instructors may co-author laboratory manuals and updates for lower division labs.

Manage the lower division instructional laboratory budgets, including the course materials fees, assisting Instructional Program Manager and Department Manager with periodic rate review and preparation of revised rate proposals. Maintain inventory and budgets for regular replacement of equipment and for infrequent, large-scale purchases. Work with Upper Division Coordinator in order to obtain information on inventory and projected equipment needs for upper division courses. Regularly provides budget and enrollment projections to the Instructional Program Manager.

Oversee the ordering of equipment for lower division instructional labs and assist with the orderingof equipment for upper division labs, comparing component vendors for quality, compatibility, price. Produce quarterly lab schedule matrices for all lower division instructional lab time slots, as well as individual lab schedules during the academic year and summer session.

Cross-train with the Lecture Demonstration Coordinator to provide back-up support to Lecture Demonstrations.

These duties require an extensive understanding of the course materials and course 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 Lower Division Program Coordinator (AC I) will work closely with the Upper 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.

The successful applicant will hold a Bachelor’s degree in Physics or related field with prior experience in scientific laboratory techniques. Knowledge of computer systems, software and hardware common to instructional laboratories is preferred.

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)