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University of La Verne
  • Position Number: 3024806
  • Location: La Verne, CA
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

University of La Verne

Physics Program Lab Manager

Job Description Summary:
The University of La Verne seeks an individual with exceptional organizational skills and proven technical experience to manage the physics program's laboratory facilities, to provide instructional support to physics classes, to supervise student teaching assistants and to provide technical support for faculty and student research. The Physics Laboratory Manager position is a full-time and is eligible for benefits that include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous contribution to the University's 403B retirement plan.
The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1891 located in La Verne, California. The core values that we live by are Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning and Community and Civic Engagement. If you're passionate about these values, join us at the University of La Verne!

Specific Duties:
  • Manage and prepare introductory and advanced instructional laboratories.
  • Order, troubleshoot, maintain, repair, and inventory equipment, supplies and software to meet anticipated laboratory needs.
  • Develop and oversee laboratory and workshop safety protocols and implement safety training.
  • Support lab instructional goals by developing or improving labs experiments, policies, and procedures in accordance with faculty input and best-practice physics education research.
  • Supervise student employees: recruit, hire, train and evaluate. Manage and coordinate employee schedules and work assignments.
  • Develop and run weekly T.A. training sessions that cover lab safety, technical training, and teaching pedagogy
  • Develop, fabricate, prepare, inventory and support the use of lecture demonstrations.
  • Be responsible for purchasing and budget tracking for lab equipment and supplies
  • Maintain computer software for PCs and Macs in physics labs and arrange for technology repairs
  • Remain current in research-based physics pedagogy by participating in physics education conferences and workshops
  • Provide assistance for student and faculty research projects.
  • Represent the physics program in outreach events both on and off campus.

Minimum Qualifications:
A bachelors degree in physics, astronomy, engineering or a related field and three years of professional experience involving laboratory work or a graduate degree in physics, astronomy or a related field. Broad knowledge of physics and expertise in experimental techniques used in undergraduate teaching laboratories. Experience troubleshooting and maintaining scientific equipment and designing and building basic electronics projects. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proven supervisory skills. Excellent organizational and time management skills

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with one or more of the following: machine shop tools, maker spaces, digital data acquisition platforms such as LabView or Matlab, physics education research, public outreach, design and fabrication of physics lecture demonstrations.

Location: La Verne Central Campus

Special Instructions:
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Institutional Profile
Located in Southern California, the University of La Verne offers a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of students, preparing them for successful careers and a commitment to lifelong learning across the liberal arts and professional programs. The academic units of the not-for-profit university include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education, and the College of Law. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including degree programs tailored for working adults. The university's central campus is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in the historic Old Town section of La Verne, a city with a population of approximately 35,000 at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The university also has eight regional campuses throughout California and the College of Law campus in Ontario, California. The university is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral Institution with moderate research activity. Core values are reflected throughout all curricular and co-curricular programs, its emphasis on close professor-student interaction, personal support of its students, and its diversity.

The University of La Verne prides itself in being reflective of the diversity of Southern California. Approximately 80 percent of its nearly 8,500 students come from diverse backgrounds and the U.S. Department of Education has designated the university as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). With 80,000 alumni, the university fulfills a critical community function in educating students from underserved populations, many of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college.

The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition a or sexual orientation

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