Instructional Assistant/Teaching Support

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

22255 Physics

About the Unit
The Division of the Physical Sciences (PSD) is a division whose history is arguably the richest of any such division in any university in this country. The scientists of the Physical Sciences Division have advanced and defined new fields of discovery, and this tradition of innovation continues today. The division includes the academic departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geophysical Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. In addition, PSD includes a number of interdisciplinary research institutes and centers, including the Enrico Fermi Institute, the James Franck Institute, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics. Many of our researchers have joint appointments at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, as well as joint affiliations with other Chicago based research institutions such as the Toyota Technological Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Field Museum, to name a few.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Works in support of the Physics instructional laboratories and lecture demonstration facilities.


Support instruction in teaching laboratories, including the following:

  • Set up and test of laboratory equipment.
  • Train and supervise graduate laboratory tutors.
  • Work directly with students in and out of lab regarding experimental techniques, interpretation of data and safety procedures.
  • Design, construct and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Research and develop new experiments for instructional lab courses.
  • Research new experimental physics pedagogy.
  • Write and edit lab manuals and support materials.
  • Maintain laboratory computers and network.
  • Support department outreach programs running in Kersten Physics Teaching Center.
  • Collaborate with lecture demonstrator on demonstration setup, maintenance and development.

Assist with ancillary departmental functions as needed (10%):
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff and students in Physics and other departments with special projects and problems.
  • Work with regulatory agencies and safety officials.
  • Work with Kersten security and access control systems.
  • Support special events held in Kersten.
  • Identify building maintenance needs and reports problems to Facilities.

  • Knowledge of college-level physics and calculus.
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and safety requirements.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills. In particular, ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:
  • B.A. or B.S. degree (required)

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Bachelor's Degree in physics or related field
  • Ability to work with computer hardware and software across multiple platforms including Mac, Windows and Linux.
  • Ability to do (or willing to learn) basic electronic circuit building and repair.
  • Ability to do (or willing to learn) basic wood- and metal-working.
  • Ability to do (or willing to learn) basic scientific computer programming, with familiarity in one or more languages (such as Python).

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements (if applicable):
  • Ability to lift and move heavy (up to 75 lb) equipment.
  • Should be able to analyze complex physics concepts and explain them to others.
  • Should be able to multi-task in moderately stressful conditions.
  • Should be self-motivated.
  • Should be able to evaluate complex situations and establish priorities.
  • Should have full range of motion.
  • Should not have fear of heights.

Required Documents:
  • Resume and cover letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

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Health Screen Required?

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Full time

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Job No:
Posted: 7/10/2018
Application Due: 8/23/2018
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