Lab Coordinator, Physics & Astronomy

Lewisburg, PA
Apr 11, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The Lab Coordinator in the department of Physics and Astronomy is responsible for teaching introductory laboratory sections, curricular development within the department lab program, and has administrative and maintenance responsibilities for the introductory lab program. The Laboratory Coordinator generally teaches 2-4 lab sections each semester for the department's introductory courses, while collaborating with department faculty and technical staff to maintain lab facilities and improve the laboratory programs in a team-taught educational environment.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy comprises 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with support provided by two technical staff and one academic assistant in addition to the undergraduate laboratory coordinator. The Department operates a small observatory which houses an historic (1887) Clark refractor and a suite of more modern 8” and 11” Celestron CGEM telescopes for use in both introductory and advanced courses. Our introductory courses are taken by students majoring in all math and science disciplines, all of the students in the College of Engineering, and by students from all majors in a liberal arts environment.

The Department typically offers approximately 30 laboratory sections per year in introductory-level physics and astronomy, and the lab activities have been developed, and are delivered, by the faculty. The Department is committed to increasing the diversity of students developing proficiency in STEM fields. At their best, our labs are one demonstration of this commitment. Well-designed, topical labs engage students in collaborative endeavors, and promote meaningful interactions between students and faculty to help students from a range of backgrounds see how they can succeed. The successful candidate for this position plays an important role in helping our department strengthen our laboratory program.

Job Duties:
1. Work with faculty and technical staff to develop and maintain laboratory experiments to support the department's undergraduate curriculum, primarily for introductory-level labs. This work includes maintenance of telescopes and other equipment in our on-campus observatory, in consultation with faculty.
2. Work with faculty to coordinate activities for courses with multiple lab sections, including our introductory calculus-based physics sequence (PHYS 211/212) and our introductory astronomy sequence with no prerequisites for non-majors (ASTR 101/102). This work includes maintaining lab manuals, hiring and training of student TAs, handling student scheduling issues, and working with departmental shop technicians to manage lab activities.
3. Teach introductory lab sections, including night observing labs at the Bucknell Observatory. The teaching assignments each semester will be determined by the department chair, but will typically be in labs associated with first-year physics and astronomy courses.
4. Attend professional meetings periodically to stay abreast of recent development in undergraduate laboratory activities.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Master's degree in physics, astronomy, science education, education, or a related field, or equivalent professional experience enabling the staff member to sufficiently cover job duties listed above
2. A commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and the liberal arts mission

Review of applications will begin on May 4, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.

Bucknell University is a private, highly selective, unique national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering, business, education and music complement each other. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Bucknell is a NCAA Division I (FCS) and Patriot League member institution that sponsors 27 varsity athletics programs. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America's best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater, historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.