Physics and Engineering Lab Associate

Wheaton College Illinois
Wheaton, IL
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Oct 22, 2021

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Position: Physics and Engineering Lab Associate Location: Wheaton, IL
Job Id: 645 # of Openings: 1 Physics and Engineering Lab Associate Job OverviewThis person is responsible for supporting the Physics teaching labs, the Engineering lab, and the Science Division shop. Training and workshops for students and faculty related to the proper use of equipment will be offered by the Lab Associate. The Lab Associate will be responsible for managing equipment and supplies for all the teaching labs, as well as teaching an average of two lab sections per year. This person reports to the Chair of the Physics and Engineering department and will oversee student work in the Engineering lab and Science Division shop as well as weekly Physics lab practice sessions with TA’s and instructors. This position does not have budgetary management or oversight. This position is 40 hours/10 months (Aug – May) and 20 hours/2 months (Jun – Jul). Duties and Responsibilities
  • Teaches laboratory sections in the department, with emphasis on introductory physics labs (Phys 221, 222, 231, or 232). Total teaching load averages 8 hours per year including any lab coordinator allocations.
  • Offers workshops and training for students and faculty related to proper use of equipment and tools in the Physics labs, Engineering lab, and Science Division shop. Develops/collects written materials or videos to support this effort as appropriate.
  • Oversees student work in the Engineering lab and Science Division shop during regular open hours.
  • Works in collaboration with the Office Coordinator and Department Chair to oversee hiring, training, and management of student workers, especially those associated with labs; serves as primary supervisor for Engineering Support TA’s.
  • Oversees weekly Physics lab practice sessions with TA’s and instructors which includes setup of equipment, training of TA’s and instructors in use of equipment, cleanup afterward, and revision of supporting documents.
  • Oversees setup and testing of Physics lab equipment prior to weekly lab sessions.
  • Supports faculty in preparation of equipment for in-class demonstrations.
  • Manages equipment and supplies for all teaching labs, the Engineering lab, and the Science Division shop including ordering new equipment, maintaining an organized inventory, repair, maintenance, and restocking of consumable materials.
  • Coordinates with Risk Management to ensure proper safety procedures and documentation for areas under the purview of this position.
  • Interfaces with state regulators to ensure proper registration and operation of radiation producing equipment on campus including lasers.
  • Participates in appropriate professional development opportunities and stays informed on best practices and new technologies for undergraduate Physics and Engineering lab instruction.
  • Collaborates with departmental faculty on lab curriculum development.
  • Attends weekly department meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.
  • Master’s degree in physics, engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience with physics/engineering lab equipment.
  • Experience with (or willingness to learn) machine tools as well as fabrication and manufacturing techniques.
  • Experience with (or willingness to learn) computer aided technology including CAD, CAM, CNC, electronics, tools, and sensors.
  • Computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet operations; familiarity with a learning management system is desirable.
  • Demonstrated organizational and managerial skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a proactive and independent thinker.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Physical Requirements The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, or hear; frequently required to use repetitive hand motion, handle or feel, and to stand, walk, reach, bend or lift up to 10 pounds.
FLSA Status – Non-exempt As a Christ-centered community, Wheaton College faculty and staff must affirm the College’s Statement of Faith as expressing their own theological convictions and agree to live by the moral standards in Wheaton’s Community Covenant, modeling these commitments for the Christian formation of our students. Wheaton College faculty and staff also support the Christ-Centered Diversity Commitment which highlights our desire to treat all individuals as equal image-bearers of Jesus Christ through diversity, inclusion, justice and unity. Updated (05/2021)


Wheaton College is an explicitly Christian, academically rigorous, fully residential liberal arts college and graduate school located in the Chicago area. Established in 1860 in Wheaton, Illinois, Wheaton is guided by its original mission to provide excellence in Christian higher education, and offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, and 18 graduate degrees in various fields of study.

Located 25 miles west of Chicago, IL, Wheaton College, founded in 1860, is a four year private, residential, academically rigorous interdenominational Christian liberal arts College that “serves Jesus Christ and advances His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.”

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