Introductory Physics Lab Supervisor (part-time 30 hours)
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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POSITION OBJECTIVE

Working 30 hours per week the lab supervisor will be the person in charge of all aspects of the introductory physics labs. The lab supervisor will oversee the graduate teaching assistants and the undergraduate helpers, and assist in matters of equipment or computer malfunctions. The lab supervisor will assist in the training of the teaching assistants and in the enforcement of the lab policies at all levels. The lab supervisor will maintain close communications with the lab director and bridge communications between teaching assistants, undergraduate helpers, and students, when necessary.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

1. Supervise introductory physics lab projects in accordance with lab plans. Meet with faculty or laboratory instructors each semester to determine equipment and material needs for the semester’s laboratory classes. Organize preparatory lists for each week, ensure that all materials needed for lab experiments, including computers, are set-up in advance, and taken down when complete.

2. Train and oversee graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate employees. Responsible for training and scheduling tasks for undergraduate laboratory assistants.

3. Assist with equipment and computer issues.

4. Oversee inventory. Maintain inventory of spare parts for commonly used equipment. Keep laboratory rooms in good order. Maintain appropriate number of lab set-ups, wiped down benches, open doors for classes/students when necessary, check network access, etc. Liaison to plant and custodial services for maintenance or repair requests.

5. Assist in enforcement of lab policy. Ensure that teaching labs are in compliance with all OSHA and safety services regulations. Includes training for student lab assistants, and keeping updated chemical hygiene and hazard communication plans. Assist the laboratory instructors with training the graduate students on safety issues during scheduled workshops before each semester.

6. Assist in development of improved methods, procedures, and policy.

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Perform other duties as assigned.

CONTACTS

Department: Contact with: staff (occasional), to carry out functions associated with running the lab, such as ordering equipment; supervisor (continuous), to coordinate the running of the laboratory and to report on and solve issues associated with the work; other faculty involved in teaching the introductory courses (occasional); Physics department computer manager (occasional).

University: Contact with faculty from other CWRU departments (occasional).

External: Contact with vendors (infrequent).

Students: Contact with: graduate student teaching assistants (continuous; to supervise their performance as teaching assistance and keep the lab running smoothly); undergraduate student employees (continuous; to direct their work in preparing the lab); undergraduate students enrolled in the course (occasional, to help solve problems when they arise).

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

Will be expected to evaluate the work of the teaching assistants and undergraduate helpers and to make recommendations to the lab director regarding hiring, etc., of the teaching assistants and student helpers.

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: One to three years of related work experience such as performing as a helper in introductory laboratory courses, preferably in physics.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree in a science field, preferably physics.

REQUIRED SKILLS

1. Self-motivation and organization.

2. Able to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students.

3. Able to evaluate graduate student teaching assistants effectively.

4. Effective in training graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate employees.

5. Effective in assisting with equipment and computer issues.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Working conditions are indoors, no exposure to hazards. Work time will include supervising evening laboratory sessions.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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