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Posting ID : 3152
Date Posting Closes - External : 7/10/2013
Position Title : Lab Co-ordinator (Physics & Computer Science) *REVISED*
Department : Physics & Computer Science
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Chair, Physics & Computer Science & Administrative Manager
Position Summary : The Lab Co-ordinator (Physics & Computer Science) is responsible for lab-based instruction and tutoring of students in physics, including advanced optics, and engineering-related electronics design. S/he designs, delivers, and manages physics and electronics labs/tutorials and ensures that the labs’/tutorials’ outcomes contribute to the educational goals of the Department. The Lab Co-ordinator must have broad-based knowledge in physics, with particular focus in optics, and analog and digital electronics design, and be able to design and deliver labs/tutorials while keeping pace with rapidly evolving course material. The Lab Co-ordinator is responsible for creating, evaluating and revising experiments, manuals and other materials used in the labs and tutorial sessions, and for training and supervising student instructional assistants. S/he acts as a resource for student projects in physics and electronics. The Lab Co-ordinator consults regularly with faculty members about course, tutorial, and lab content, and works closely with the department’s technical staff on matters related to the software, equipment and material requirements for laboratory exercises.
Accountabilities : • in consultation with course instructors, designs and prepares materials for physics and electronics labs and tutorials, including experiments, in-lab and tutorial instruction, lab manuals and documentation, quizzes, and exams; routinely reviews and updates these materials;
• ensures the labs’ smooth and efficient operation; sets up or oversees setup of laboratory equipment; ensures that labs are prepared, delivered, and administered each week; adapts lab requirements as necessary due to unforeseen circumstances in the lab;
• manages marks and records of student participation for the lab/tutorial component of the course;
• may train and supervise any graduate student Teaching Assistants assigned to provide instruction in physics labs; may prepare graduate students to provide this instruction and to oversee labs as necessary;
• instructs lab and tutorial sessions, including a review of theory/background information;
• tutors students individually and in groups, as needed, outside of scheduled lab and tutorial hours;
• supports students in the development of professional work habits and efficient use of finite resources; pedagogical objectives include improving student skill in tackling problems, relating and working with peers, time management, choosing efficient learning techniques, and structured approaches;
• hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates the performance of student instructional assistants and markers (10+); advises on the number of instructional assistants and markers required for relevant labs;
• establishes marking methods for lab/tutorial exercises and exams; evaluates methods and results to assure uniform and fair practices;
• advises instructional assistants and students of safety regulations and procedures;
• tests, evaluates, and sets up software and hardware that may be used in the labs, including local enhancements and customization; makes recommendations for software and equipment purchases required to create or update experiments; ensures that non-working equipment or software is repaired or replaced;
• may consult on senior student projects, particularly but not exclusively in the areas of physics and electronics;
• other duties as assigned.

Qualifications : • minimum Honours BSc in Physics plus four years of related experience;
• teaching, training and supervisory experience are definite assets;
• knowledge and currency in physics including digital and analog electronics, and advanced optics;
• ability to meet the hands-on learning needs of students in physics and electronics, including adapting instructional tools to meet these needs;
• pedagogical skill in optimizing the operation and educational value of formal physics labs and tutorial sessions;
• excellent verbal and written communication skills, including technical writing;
• ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, and technical personnel;
• ability to set priorities, work independently and meet deadlines;
• well developed organizational skills to ensure that labs are prepared, delivered, and administered each week consistent with course schedules; skill in advance planning, scheduling and organizing of time, resources, materials, and available personnel;
• supervisory skill, including the ability to train and manage instructional assistants;
• strong problem solving skills and exceptional attention to detail;
• ability to be discreet and to maintain confidentiality of information;
• knowledge of standard office computer software applications; ability to set up and maintain web pages;
• knowledge of physics, optics, and electronics laboratory equipment, including related software, and its proper use;
• ability to evaluate and learn new hardware and software as needed and to instruct students in its use;
• familiarity with, and commitment to, health and safety practices as they apply to physics and electronics laboratories;
• ability to lift and position equipment as required for labs, up to 20 kg, and move furniture up to 40 kg.

Grade : WLUSA-10
Salary : $35.55-$41.83
Salary Notes : *This is a full-time, limited term role from August 1, 2013 to May 30, 2014. The normal hours of work will be 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, 35 hours per week. Flexibility in hours will be required as some labs may occur outside the normal hours of work, adequate notice will be provided.
Please Note :

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.


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