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This person is responsible for supporting the Physics teaching labs, the Engineering lab, and the Science Division shop. Training and workshops for students and faculty related to the proper use of equipment will be offered by the Lab Associate. The Lab Associate will be responsible for managing equipment and supplies for all the teaching labs, as well as teaching an average of two lab sections per year. This person reports to the Chair of the Physics and Engineering department and will oversee student work in the Engineering lab and Science Division shop as well as weekly Physics lab practice sessions with TA’s and instructors.
This position does not have budgetary management or oversight.
This position is 40 hours/10 months (Aug – May) and 20 hours/2 months (Jun – Jul).
Duties and Responsibilities
Teaches laboratory sections in the department, with emphasis on introductory physics labs (Phys 221, 222, 231, or 232). Total teaching load averages 8 hours per year including any lab coordinator allocations.
Offers workshops and training for students and faculty related to proper use of equipment and tools in the Physics labs, Engineering lab, and Science Division shop. Develops/collects written materials or videos to support this effort as appropriate.
Oversees student work in the Engineering lab and Science Division shop during regular open hours.
Works in collaboration with the Office Coordinator and Department Chair to oversee hiring, training, and management of student workers, especially those associated with labs; serves as primary supervisor for Engineering Support TA’s.
Oversees weekly Physics lab practice sessions with TA’s and instructors which includes setup of equipment, training of TA’s and instructors in use of equipment, cleanup afterward, and revision of supporting documents.
Oversees setup and testing of Physics lab equipment prior to weekly lab sessions.
Supports faculty in preparation of equipment for in-class demonstrations.
Manages equipment and supplies for all teaching labs, the Engineering lab, and the Science Division shop including ordering new equipment, maintaining an organized inventory, repair, maintenance, and restocking of consumable materials.
Coordinates with Risk Management to ensure proper safety procedures and documentation for areas under the purview of this position.
Interfaces with state regulators to ensure proper registration and operation of radiation producing equipment on campus including lasers.
Participates in appropriate professional development opportunities and stays informed on best practices and new technologies for undergraduate Physics and Engineering lab instruction.
Collaborates with departmental faculty on lab curriculum development.
Attends weekly department meetings.
Other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.
Master’s degree in physics, engineering, or a related field.
Experience with physics/engineering lab equipment.
Experience with (or willingness to learn) machine tools as well as fabrication and manufacturing techniques.
Experience with (or willingness to learn) computer aided technology including CAD, CAM, CNC, electronics, tools, and sensors.
Computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet operations; familiarity with a learning management system is desirable.
Demonstrated organizational and managerial skills.
Demonstrated ability to be a proactive and independent thinker.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, or hear; frequently required to use repetitive hand motion, handle or feel, and to stand, walk, reach, bend or lift up to 10 pounds.
FLSA Status – Non-exempt
About Wheaton College
Wheaton College is an evangelical Protestant Christian liberal arts college whose faculty and staff affirm a Statement of Faith and adhere to lifestyle expectations of the Wheaton College Community Covenant. Wheaton is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented workforce and student body. We encourage the expression of multiple perspectives within a Christian worldview, inside and outside the classroom. For more information about Wheaton College visit www.wheaton.edu.
Additionally, Wheaton College aspires to provide a physically safe environment for students, staff, and faculty to learn and work. In support of this objective, the College requires background checks for final candidates, after an employment offer is extended. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.