Physics Laboratory Supervisor

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Classification:Research Professional 2
Grade:Grade 79
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:College of Nat Sciences&Mathematics
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Other, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Do you have a passion for Physics and supporting others in their educational endeavors? The College of Natural Science & Mathematics (CNSM) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking a qualified research professional to work as the Laboratory Supervisor for the Department of Physics. As our Physics Laboratory Supervisor, you will be responsible for maintaining the lab program, lab equipment, and supervising TAs. This position requires a high level of organization.


15Organize and maintain Lab/demo equipment: assemble and disassemble equipment for lab experiments. Store and maintain equipment. Repair majority of equipment problems. Order parts and equipment for lab experiments and demonstrations. Troubleshoot. Maintain property list for inventory. Train others on appropriate use of equipment.Essential
25Maintain and develop lab program: revise lab methods, manuals, handouts, etc. Devise and develop lab exercises and assessment methods. Discuss/coordinate lab goals with faculty. Work with UAF rural campuses teaching undergraduate physics courses on lab development and implementation.Essential
35Supervise all Teaching Assistants: responsible for orientation and on-going training in teaching and assessment methods, equipment use, and experimental methods for all TAs. Responsible for implementation of lab program by TAs. Coordinate between course instructors, TAs, and Office Manager/PPA. Coordinate TA grading of labs and reporting of grades. Assignment and management of TA workloads. Assist and mentor TAs in development of teaching methods. Provide feedback to TAs to improve professional development.Essential
5Dept. Safety Officer: provide safety training for lab exercises and demonstration equipment. Make sure all TAs and undergraduate employees complete required safety training. Coordinate with EHS&RM to perform safety audits of labs and shop. Provide Roof Safety Training for users of the roof. Maintain chemical inventory. Serve as safety officer for outreach events (Science Potpourri).Essential
5Facilitate and perform outreach: supervise loan of demonstration equipment. Coordinate with Society of Physics Students and faculty outreach efforts. Provide demonstrations for visiting and local groups. Volunteer at local events.Essential
5Maintain lab and TA computers: implement and maintain software/hardware configurations. Coordinate with OIT. Troubleshoot. Implement and maintain Noyes computer lab.Essential
5Supervise paper graders: coordinate between graders, faculty, and Office Manager/PPA.Essential
5Teaching: occasionally cover lectures for undergraduate courses as needed by faculty. Teach lab and recitation sessions as needed.Essential

Key Responsibilities:

Must have good understanding of laboratory safety practices and regulations, including use and storage of radioactive sources. Must understand department's computer hardware/software configurations for laboratories and be able to perform initial troubleshooting. Must have knowledge of basic physics experiments used in teaching labs for lower division courses and demonstration set-ups used in lectures, and be able to purchase, repair, maintain and use in an instructional mode. Must work well with diverse groups to include the public, students, and faculty, at UAF and at rural campuses, for purpose of developing, maintaining, and upgrading experiments and to coordinate their use with course textbook and flow of material in each course as the semester proceeds. Requires good communication skills.

Qualifications (Required):

Must have both teaching and supervisory experience of at least one year each. Must have at least two years experience in repairing electronic and mechanical equipment and test devices. Must have at least one year in technical writing for the creation, revision and publishing of materials for use in the teaching laboratories, including lab manuals for students and for other materials used in the department's teaching role.

A Bachelors of Science degree in Physics or Applied Physics, or a very well demonstrated equivalent is required; Masters of Science in Physics preferred. Demonstrated ability to supervise students and labs, and repair equipment. As the department's resource for proper safety practices, the successful candidate will have appropriate lab safety certification. Driver's license and ability to drive.

CNSM is one of the top graduate degree producing colleges at UAF. We are the major PhD granting college in the UA system. Through instruction and mentoring, CNSM promotes students' self-motivation to excel and guides them towards professional careers and public service in an environment of life-long learning. Want to know more about the College of Natural Science and Mathematics? Visit us on the web or on Facebook.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 10-12 month position, Grade 79, ($25.82/hour). Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter detailing the skills you would bring to this position, resume or CV, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  The position is open until filled, with a first review date of 12/21/2017.  To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 12/20/2017.  Applications received after this date may not be considered. 


If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact CNSM Human Resources at 907-474-6714. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the local Human Resources office at 907-474-7700.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.   During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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