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Temporary Teaching Positions


Temporary Lecturer Positions in Physics or Astronomy, 2018-19

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary lecturers to teach courses in general Physics or Astronomy during the 2018-19 academic year, including summer session. Applications will be kept active for consideration for all appropriate vacancies within the department for the 2018-19 academic year, including Summer Session 2018.

Main duties will include teaching courses in general physics and astronomy, with the possibility of occasional upper-division teaching opportunities. Applicants should have at least an MA in Physics or Astronomy and teaching experience at the college level.

The position will remain open until October 31, 2018. The pool will close at that time; if you would like to continue to be considered after that time, and the pooled position is advertised again, you will need to submit a new application. Appointments for Fall quarter are usually reviewed in June, winter quarter in September, and Spring quarter review will begin in January. To apply, please submit a CV, teaching statement, teaching evaluations (if available) and the names of three references to: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01228.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic by law.


Postdoctoral Positions

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Academic Coordinators 

Instructional Laboratory Program Manager

The Department of Physics seeks an Academic Coordinator to serve as the Instructional Laboratories Program Manager. The Academic Coordinator will provide leadership and overall management of the instructional laboratory programs, facilities, and support team. Physics instructional lab programs serve over 5000 students per year enrolled in approximately 225 sections. The Instructional Support Team is comprised of the Academic Coordinator II (program manager), two Academic Coordinators I (upper and lower division program coordinators), and one Staff Research Associate (lecture demonstration coordinator).

The Instructional Program Manager will participate in the development, design and implementation of new course experiments in both upper and lower division lab courses. Author/co-author laboratory manuals and updates for both upper and lower division labs.

Develop and implement strategies to promote consistency in procedure and training; collaborate with instructors and academic coordinators to establish clear expectations for each experiment and protocol within each lab; identify issues and opportunities, research and analyze options. Anticipate, develop, and make recommendations in regard to program initiatives, new experiments and procedures, laboratory and instrument upgrades, long- and short-range planning, budgetary issues, and instructional space planning and management.

Oversee the instructional laboratory TA training program and develop new or modified training protocol as needed.

Monitor and project the annual budget of the Instructional Laboratory Programs. Oversee the purchasing of supplies for lab experiments and lab preparation, including instruments and equipment.

At minimum, applicants must hold a masters degree in physics or related field and have prior experience in management/development of instructional laboratory programs in physics or related field. Preferred applicants will have teaching experience at the college level.

Applicants with demonstrated experience in teaching Analog Electronics and/or Advanced Experimental Physics are especially encouraged to apply.

The Academic Coordinator is a 50% position which may be supplemented with a temporary lecturer position in the Physics Department. Applicants are encouraged to apply jointly to the temporary lecturer recruitment at: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01228.

Applicants should submit their cover letter, CV and contacts for 3 references on or before June 19, 2018. All applications must be received through UC Recruit at the following link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01257. Position is anticipated to start Summer 2018.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Program Coordinator for Lower Division Lab Courses 

The Department of Physics seeks an Academic Coordinator to coordinate the lower division laboratory course activities for the Physics Department. This involves oversight of the laboratory instruction of the service courses and lower division sequence for the majors, totaling over 4200 students in 206 sections during the academic year and summer. The course laboratory sections include Basic Physics 3L, 4L, 5L, Introductory Physics 6AL, BL, CL, and General Physics 25L.

Lab Coordination/Training/Safety

Responsible for providing all necessary materials, equipment, space, computer facilities, and safety equipment, necessary to run the undergraduate laboratory classes. In consultation with Instructional Program Manager and course instructors, implement the laboratory curricula and assist TAs with the laboratory instruction as needed. Coordinate the laboratory teaching schedule with the teaching assistants, graders and tutors, and meet with each laboratory section at the start of each quarter to resolve enrollment difficulties. Conduct weekly training meetings for the teaching assistants and prepare or direct the preparation of the laboratory materials. Weekly meetings include discussion of TA concerns and suggestions that may have arisen the previous week, review lab and safety issues on an ongoing basis. Ensure all laboratory apparatus is regularly inspected and maintained to promote a safe and reliable lab environment. Ensure repair or replacement of inoperative or outdated equipment.

Interface with Instructional Program Manager and Course Instructors on the development and presentation of course materials and methodology including the engineering of proposed laboratory experiments. Collaborate on the design and implementation of new and modified course experiments. Coordinate changes in lab exercises and materials to match curriculum as needed, sometimes replacing entire lab exercises, sometimes on short notice. Implement set-up/tear-down of experiments in the lower division labs regularly. Modify existing equipment or specify procurement of necessary apparatus to meet instructional needs in the instructional labs. In consultation with the Instructional Program Manager and course instructors may co-author laboratory manuals and updates for lower division labs.

Administration

Manage the lower division instructional laboratory budgets, including the course materials fees, assisting Instructional Program Manager and Department Manager with periodic rate review and preparation of revised rate proposals. Maintain inventory and budgets for regular replacement of equipment and for infrequent, large-scale purchases. Work with Upper Division Coordinator in order to obtain information on inventory and projected equipment needs for upper division courses. Regularly provides budget and enrollment projections to the Instructional Program Manager.

Oversee the ordering of equipment for lower division instructional labs and assist with the orderingof equipment for upper division labs, comparing component vendors for quality, compatibility, price. Produce quarterly lab schedule matrices for all lower division instructional lab time slots, as well as individual lab schedules during the academic year and summer session.

Cross-train with the Lecture Demonstration Coordinator to provide back-up support to Lecture Demonstrations.

These duties require an extensive understanding of the course materials and course objectives with the ability to assess how material from different aspects of the course(s) relate to one another, as well as the safe application of each learning outcome as detailed in the course material. Knowledge of health and safety regulatory requirements associated with experimental laboratory instruction is essential.

The Lower Division Program Coordinator (AC I) will work closely with the Upper Division Program Coordinator (AC I) and serve as a member of the Physics Instructional Laboratory and Lecture Demonstration support unit comprised of three academic coordinators and a staff research associate.

The successful applicant will hold a Bachelor’s degree in Physics or related field with prior experience in scientific laboratory techniques. Knowledge of computer systems, software and hardware common to instructional laboratories is preferred.

Applicants should submit their cover letter, CV and contacts for 3 references on or before June 19, 2018. All applications must be received through UC Recruit. Interested applicants should apply at the following link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01259. Position is anticipated to start Summer 2018.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

Program Coordinator for Upper Division Lab Course 

The Department of Physics seeks an Academic Coordinator to coordinate the upper division and honors laboratory course activities for physics majors. This involves oversight of the laboratory instruction of courses for the major including Honors Experimental Physics (13ABCL), Analog Electronics (127AL), Digital Electronics (127BL), Advanced Experimental Physics (128ABL), Scientific Computation (129L), and Observational Astrophysics (134L), requiring an understanding of the course material and objectives.

Course Oversight and Training:

Oversee the learning activities within the designated laboratory courses: supervise and assist TAs in providing hands-on training in the upper division and honors laboratories, demonstrate experimental procedures to students, and ensure proper use of lab equipment and apparatus. Provide oversight and guidance to students during open lab hours.

Coordinate the laboratory teaching schedule with the teaching assistants (TA) and meet with each laboratory section at the start of each quarter to resolve enrollment difficulties. Conduct weekly training meetings for the TAs and direct the preparation of the laboratory materials. Work with Instructional Program Manager and faculty to co-develop or modify portions of course material.

Lab/Course Administration and Implementation:

Provide technical supervision and training of the TAs in the running of experiments. Modify existing equipment or specify procurement of necessary apparatus to meet instructional needs.

Implement the weekly set-up and preparation of lab work in each of the upper division and honors lab sections during the academic year and summer session.

In consultation with the Instructional Program Manager may co-author the laboratory manuals and updates for upper division labs.

Manage the development and future operation of the Physics Maker Laboratory, including recommendations for recharge activities.

Serve as back-up to the Lower Division Program Coordinator and/or Lecture Demonstration Coordinator.

These duties require an understanding of the course materials and objectives with the ability to assess how material from different aspects of the course(s) relate to one another, as well as the safe application of each learning outcome as detailed in the course material. Knowledge of health and safety regulatory requirements associated with experimental laboratory instruction is essential.

The Upper Division Program Coordinator (AC I) will work closely with the Lower Division Program Coordinator (AC I) and serve as a member of the Physics Instructional Laboratory and Lecture Demonstration support unit comprised of three academic coordinators and a staff research associate.

At minimum, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in physics or related field and have prior experiences with instructional laboratory programs. Preferred applicants will have demonstrated knowledge/experience with the experimental procedures, lab equipment and apparatus used in advanced experimental physics and analog electronics college courses.

Applicants should submit their cover letter, CV and contacts for 3 references on or before June 19, 2018. All applications must be received through UC Recruit. Interested applicants should apply at the following link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01258. Position is anticipated to start Summer 2018.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.