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Physics and Engineering Lab Associate

Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois 60187
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Job Details

This position is 40 hours/10 months (Aug – May) + 20 hours/2 months (Jun – Jul).

This person reports to the Chair of Physics and Engineering and is responsible for supporting the physics teaching labs, the engineering lab, and the science division shop.


  1. Teach a maximum of two introductory level physics lab sections per semester (Phys 221, 222, 231, or 232) with total teaching load not to exceed 8 hours per year including any lab coordinator allocations.
  2. Offer 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. Develop/collect written materials or videos to support this effort as appropriate.
  3. Stay informed on best practices, new technologies, and manufacturing techniques for undergraduate physics and engineering lab instruction and serve as a resource for faculty in this area.
  4. Oversee student work in the engineering lab and science division shop during regular open hours. Examples of student work include work on class projects, research with faculty, and student club projects.
  5. Oversee 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.
  6. Oversee setup and testing of physics lab equipment prior to lab sessions each week.
  7. Support faculty in preparation of equipment for in-class demonstrations.
  8. Manage 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.
  9. Coordinate with Risk Management to ensure proper safety procedures and documentation for areas under the purview of this position.
  10. Interface with state regulators to ensure proper registration and operation of radiation producing equipment on campus including lasers.
  11. Participate in appropriate professional development relevant to the duties of this position.
  12. Attend weekly department meetings.
  13. Other duties as assigned by the department chair.


  1. Master’s degree in physics, engineering, or a related field.
  2. Experience with physics/engineering lab equipment.
  3. Experience with machine tools as well as fabrication and manufacturing techniques.
  4. Experience with computer aided technology including CAD, CAM, CNC, electronics, tools, and sensors.
  5. Computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet operations.
  6. Demonstrated organizational and managerial skills.
  7. Demonstrated ability to be a proactive and independent thinker.
  8. Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
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