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Physics Lecturer, Advanced Lab - Archive

Posting: 12532
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-05-01

The University of Oregon Physics Department is seeking qualified applicants for a combined position as a Physics Advanced Lab Lecturer to start in winter or spring of 2013.  The department currently operates an upper division Advanced Projects Lab facility where undergraduate students have the opportunity to: undertake long-term (2 or more academic term), open-ended research projects or technically-sophisticated experiments; present their results as talks and short papers; and develop advanced data literacy skills to add to problem-solving skills and conceptual understanding developed within the regular undergraduate curriculum.  The successful applicant’s primary focus will involve this facility, and is expected to be involved in all of the following activities at some flexible level:

  • Supervising physics major undergraduate research projects.  Current projects include student construction, development and use of rubidium gas magneto-optical traps, atomic force microscopes, optical “tweezers,” parametric down-conversion of photons, a sonoluminescence apparatus, and characterization of astronomical-grade CCDs.
  • Teaching the Research Projects courses, PHYS 491, 492, and 493.
  • Providing instruction leading to significant student progress on projects, including their development of technical, oral, and written communication skills necessary to present results.  Participating students are typically enrolled in PHYS 491-3.   
  • Developing new projects for the facility. This includes working with faculty to develop project ideas, and developing and managing budgets.

It is expected that the successful applicant will be deeply involved in graduate education.  This will include at least some of the following activities:

  • Teaching graduate level courses which could include:

o    Design of experiments, PHYS 481/581

o    Modern Optics Laboratory, PHYS 426/526

o    Electronics, PHYS 431-432 (includes graduate students)

  • Designing experiments and projects for physics graduate students in master’s degree program, which also uses advanced lab facilities.
  • Being a member of Ph.D. dissertation committees.
  • Mentoring of graduate students.

The minimum teaching expectation is in accordance with department policy.  The remaining balance of time is allocated to improving the laboratory educational mission of the department.  The appointment at the position of Lecturer grants Principal Investigator (PI) status.  The applicant is expected to write proposals to seek support for current and future advanced lab activities, and may seek additional summer term salary support through these efforts.  The initial appointment will be for a period of 1 year and, pending satisfactory performance, is renewable.  Minimum qualifications for applicants include a Ph.D. in Physics, and a substantive background in experimental physics.  Preferred qualifications include: grant writing or other laboratory development experience; experience meeting safety requirements for equipment operation and materials storage, and in proper use of vacuum and cryogenic equipment and lasers, and a background facilitating upper division undergraduate and graduate physics research.  The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and will be in the range $50-60K for the 9 month academic year. Applicants must apply online at Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2460) and should upload a cover letter, a current curriculum vita, and a statement of teaching philosophy and strategies for supporting undergraduate research.  Applicants should also arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation uploaded at the same site.  Review of applications will begin January 18, 2013, with consideration continuing until the position is filled.

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