Job Details

University of California Santa Barbara
  • Position Number: 3272430
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Physics

Academic Coordinator I (Lower Division Labs)- Physics Department

Job #JPF02244
Physics / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences / UC Santa Barbara

Open date: July 20th, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Aug 8, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

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.

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for the position of Academic Coordinator I (AC) for the 2022-23 academic year, with the possibility of renewal to work on courses in general Physics or Astronomy, depending on performance and budget constraints.

Applications will be kept active for consideration until the position is filled. The position requires the physical presence of the applicant in the Santa Barbara area.

The AC performs administrative functions for the UCSB Physics Department, serving as a key contact for Instructors of Record as well as undergraduate students, TAs, UCSB faculty, staff, and the off-campus community.

The UCSB Physics Instructional Lab Group (ILG) is looking to hire a resourceful Academic Coordinator I who will help them build and maintain lower-division instructional labs for UCSB undergraduate students. The AC will aid in the oversight, creation and maintenance of instructional lab activities for courses with ~400 students a quarter. The AC will work closely with staff, faculty, and other Academic Coordinators of ILG, the new hire will participate in an upbeat and inclusive culture while:

  • Building, maintaining and prototyping new laboratory experiences at various levels of complexity, from simple pendulums to Mossbauer Spectroscopy.
  • Managing equipment and stock room inventories in an orderly manner, including ordering parts and maintaining a budget.
  • Managing and training graduate students on various equipment and procedures for a variety of lab courses.
  • Being on call during instructional lab hours to help triage equipment issues and solve problems in real-time.
  • Managing and training undergraduate student workers to perform useful tasks within the scope of your work.
  • Handling the storage and retrieval of items and equipment during instructional lab flips.
  • Completing occasional programming tasks to support educational functions, such as scripts to supplement some digital data acquisition sensors in senior labs. Design, document, and update instructional labs, lab equipment, and manuals.

    Instructional Lab Group

    The AC is a core member of the UCSB Physics Department's Instructional Lab Group (ILG). The ILG is in charge of development, maintenance and administration of all undergraduate instructional laboratories and the associated coursework. AC responsibilities within the ILG include, but are not limited to, working both independently and also with other faculty & staff.

    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 BS in Physics, or closely related field, or be enrolled in a Bachelor's program at the time of application.

    Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
    A Bachelor's degree is required in the fields of Physics or closely related field by start of the appointment.

    Preferred qualifications
  • MA in Physics or related technical degree, BA in Physics (or related) with experience teaching high school physics (single subject science teaching credential), or similar experience.
  • 1-2 years experience working in a laboratory environment involving optics, nuclear physics, AMO, electrical systems, chemistry or biophysics
  • Ability to read and repair complex devices from circuit diagrams and user manuals.
  • Experience troubleshooting complex electrical, mechanical, and optical devices
  • Experience with equipment troubleshooting, circuit analysis, circuit design, and soldering.
  • Comfortable with some programming and web development.
  • Management experience.
  • 1-2 years experience working in higher education.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral skills.
  • Machining experience.
  • Experience with 3D printers or working in a makerspace.
  • Adept with math and physics that may be encountered at the level of an undergraduate course
  • Proficient with use of electrical test equipment such as oscilloscopes, multimeters, and function generators.
  • Willing to learn new technical skills and interested in playing a key role in higher education instructional course development.
  • Proficiency with office software such as google sheets, documents, slides etc.

    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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    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.

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