Senior Laboratory Coordinator/Demonstrator
Brock University
St. Catharines, ON, Canada
11d ago

Status : Ongoing Full-Time Faculty : Faculty of Mathematics and Science Department : Physics Grade : L Salary Scale : $55,274 -

$75,417 per annum Hours of Work : 35 hours per week Start : ASAP

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A Day in the Life

Reporting to the Chair, Physics, the Senior Laboratory Coordinator / Demonstrator designs, implements, coordinates, and manages the effective operation of teaching laboratories in the Physics Department, with a primary focus on the Year 2, Year 3, and graduate-level labs.

As the Senior Laboratory Coordinator / Demonstrator, you will :

  • Work with the course instructor / faculty to design and develop laboratory exercises that complement course content.
  • Design and implement lab manuals and procedures, ensuring adherence to safety regulations and proper laboratory procedures.
  • Prepare lab experiments that are current and relevant to the course content; set up and take down lab equipment.
  • Provide instruction and demonstration of correct operation of equipment and laboratory exercises for various laboratory sections.
  • Design and document laboratory examination questions and marking schemes; mark the laboratory report for each assigned course.
  • Design and facilitate additional laboratory learning experiences and opportunities.
  • Ensure safety within laboratories is maintained; address, log, and report safety issues according to the university protocols.
  • Apply and enforce academic regulations to ensure academic integrity is maintained in laboratory environments.
  • Keep current with recent developments in physics laboratory teaching practice.
  • Manage laboratory budgets related to supplies and resources, both for teaching and research labs.
  • Purchase and maintain laboratory equipment to ensure all resources are used in accordance with safety policy guidelines, including checking for operational problems, diagnosing and organizing repairs, making purchase decision to replace broken equipment.
  • Handle purchase requisitions, check requisitions, expense reports, and petty cash for the Physics Department.
  • Facilitate the recruitment and selection of Teaching Assistants (TAs).
  • Liaise with Departmental Administrative Assistant to coordinate the Teaching Assistant (TA) Contracts and placement of the TAs into Physics courses and proctors into Physics exams.
  • Train and provide direction to TAs.
  • Resolve student issues and concerns including missed labs, timetable conflicts, and marking concerns.
  • Attend the Ontario Universities’ Fair and Brock’s Open Houses, as required; coordinate the Physics Department participation in the Open Houses.
  • Write, review and implement standard operating procedures for laboratories in the department that are in alignment with Health and Safety regulations and protocols.
  • Responsible for radiation safety in the Physics Department.
  • Design and deliver training sessions to TAs, students, research assistants and postdocs related to laboratory safety.
  • Serve on the Academic Safety Committee.
  • All other duties as required and assigned by the Chair, Physics, or a designate.
  • What you Need to Succeed

  • Master of Science degree in Physics or a related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of laboratory demonstrating experience in University Physics courses.
  • Knowledge of pedagogical development, and teaching experience in physics laboratory courses.
  • Ability to develop laboratory exercises that complement course content, utilizing current technology and aligning with student knowledge base.
  • Experience in using, maintaining and purchasing a wide range of advanced scientific equipment.
  • Proficiency in detailed record keeping and inventory management.
  • Solid computer competency including word processing, spreadsheet, database, web applications, internet search engines and learning management systems (e.g. Sakai, Workday, etc.).
  • Strong presentation skills, with the experience to facilitate lab sessions and manage both large and small groups.
  • Ability to provide clear and concise instructions and guidance and to lead by example while encouraging learning and research in a safe and ethical manner.
  • Ability to supervise and mentor both students and Teaching Assistants.
  • Excellent organizational skills and proven ability to establish priorities, to multitask and to work on various projects concurrently.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines; meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent analytical, research and planning skills.
  • Excellent judgement and decision making skills.
  • PhD in Physics or a closely related field (an asset).
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