The Physics Department at Reed College invites applications for a Physics Laboratory Coordinator. Located in Portland, Oregon, Reed College is one of the country’s leading liberal arts and sciences colleges, providing an intellectually rigorous undergraduate experience. The physics department at Reed College regularly graduates upwards of 20 physics majors a year, nearly half of whom go on to graduate study in physics or related fields.
The Physics Laboratory Coordinator oversees all aspects of the freshman physics laboratory, including training and supervising a team of undergraduate teaching assistants and collaborating with faculty to design and implement new laboratory content. Working with faculty, they will also develop demonstrations for use across the physics curriculum.
This is a full-time exempt position, working 37.5 hours a week. The annual salary for this position is $61,000 and will be paid semi-monthly. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, seven paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and discounted Trimet transit passes.
Who You Are
You enjoy teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.
You have strong organizational, analytical, and experimental skills.
What You’ll Do (Essential Duties)
Organize and train the student teaching assistants (~8), and oversee their work in the freshman laboratory.
Lead development of new laboratory curricula in collaboration with faculty and keep up-to-date the introductory physics laboratory manual.
Interact with and assist freshman students. Evaluate the scientific content and clarity of student work during longer open-ended projects (these can involve a significant written component).
Grade quarterly open-ended lab reports and provide students with detailed feedback on technical writing, experimental technique, and data analysis.
Organize and maintain laboratory equipment. Keep the laboratory clean, safe and ready for use each week.
Research, design, construct, present, and preserve physics demonstrations for use across the physics curriculum.
A Masters in physics or a related discipline is required.
About Reed College
Founded in 1908 in southeast Portland, Oregon, Reed College is a coeducational, independent liberal arts and sciences college. Referred to as one of the most intellectual colleges in the country, Reed is known for its high standards of scholarly practice, creative thinking, and engaged citizenship.
Reed students pursue the bachelor of arts degrees in 40 majors and programs. The curriculum includes a yearlong humanities course, broad distribution requirements, and a senior thesis. A 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio and small conference-style classes allow faculty members to truly mentor students and engage with them in individual discussions. Reed also offers a graduate program leading to a master of arts degree in liberal studies.
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