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Physics Program Lab Manager

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Physics Program Lab Manager

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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 bachelor’s 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.

Benefits Summary:

Salary will be commensurate with experience and internal equity. Benefits include a comprehensive health and wellness plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse, and dependent children, a generous contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan, and a generous time off plan. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of a background check and employment verification.


La Verne Central Campus

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The University of La Verne is a 124 year old, independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in southern California with an emphasis on research and publication. Classified by Carnegie as a Community-Engaged University, La Verne offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels to traditional-age and adult learners. The main campus is located in La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 40% of the student population identifying itself as “Hispanic/Latino,” 55% students of color, 10% international students, and a large proportion first-generation. All programs have high retention and graduation rates for underrepresented minorities.  The University has a strong commitment to diversity and places a high priority on creating an environment that supports the growth and success of underrepresented and underserved populations.

The La Verne Experience is at the center of a strategic plan that is focused on serving an ethnically and economically diverse student population, one that is representative of the demographics of California.  The La Verne Experience pedagogical features include learning communities, theory-to-practice, experiential learning, community engagement and reflective practice.  Two prominent annual rankings of America’s Best Colleges - U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes Magazine recognize the University of La Verne as one of the nation’s top national universities. 

For more information regarding the University of La Verne, visit our website at

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