To take an active part in the Physics Departments teaching and research program by providing technical creativity and support for equipment, laboratory instruction and related project development, and to work with faculty and students providing them with technical expertise and innovation in support of the learning experience.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
1. Provide support for Physics Department research program 25% of time
Consult with faculty and students in the design of new instrumentation for research.
Maintain and support existing items of equipment and instrumentation.
Fabricate instrumentation as needed for support of faculty research.
Coordinate and manage the purchase of new instrumentation as appropriate.
2. Manage and supervise Science Center shops 25% of time
Oversee the selection, purchase, installation and maintenance of all machines and tools in the Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics (FNSM) shop areas.
Supervise students and faculty with shop safety and training in the use of shop equipment.
Responsible for stock supply and managing shop budget.
3. Maintain items of major lab equipment 20% of time
Troubleshoot and oversee repairs on all instrumentation and major equipment within the Physics Department.
Consult with members of other departments within the FNSM on maintenance and repair of major equipment and instrumentation and carry out repairs as time allows.
Coordinate and manage the purchase of supplies needed to maintain instrument operation.
Fabricate parts for the upgrade and maintenance of equipment.
4. Provide support for Physics laboratory instruction 10% of time
Manage the daily/weekly operation of all physics laboratories.
Supervise students in the setup and take-down of equipment for teaching lab experiments.
Diagnose, maintain and repair the current set of physics lab experiments including computer hardware and software.
Consult with faculty on the design and construction or purchase of new laboratory experiments and equipment.
Fabricate new experiments and apparatus as appropriate.
Advise and support students working on independent projects in consultation with physics faculty.
Oversee the maintenance of laboratory tools and lab spaces.
5. Manage the Physics workroom and equipment inventory 10% of time
Take responsibility for all purchasing, inventory, record-keeping, shipping and receiving of workroom and laboratory items.
Maintain stock supplies and update the evolving database of supply and equipment resources.
Maintain workroom and storage areas.
Assist faculty and students on a walk-in basis.
6. Manage the Physics demonstration room and classroom demonstrations 10% of time
Consult with faculty on the development, fabrication, maintenance and repair of classroom demonstrations.
Manage the Physics demonstration room including set up and take down of demonstrations
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to mentor students in developing technical expertise.
Ability to conceptualize, design and create mechanical and electronic laboratory equipment and the skills to maintain and repair it.
Ability to troubleshoot and solve technical problems.
Knowledge with operation and maintenance of machine shop and related equipment and tools.
Skill in using computer applications including spreadsheet, word processing, and database software
Ability to work independently and to meet regular deadlines.
Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport with college faculty and staff, students, and the general public
Ability to stay organized while changing priorities and remaining busy
Ability to accurately maintain records
Ability and willingness to support, respect and commit to embracing diverse backgrounds, values and points of view to build a strong and inclusive community including faculty, staff, students and constituents
Education: Bachelors degree in physics, engineering, or related field, or Associates degree plus equivalent work experience; coursework in electronics and metal/wood shop practices, including the use of CNC machining
Experience: 2+ years of experience in a position using technical skills to design and build mechanical and electronic devices
Education: Familiarity with physics teaching and demonstration apparatus; technical training or degree in electronics, machining and computer-related areas; training in OSHA shop and laboratory standards
Experience: 2+ years of experience providing technical support in an educational or research and development laboratory setting
Internal Number: 102190738
About St. Olaf College
One of the nation?s leading four-year residential colleges, St. Olaf offers an academically rigorous education with a vibrant faith tradition. Founded in 1874, St. Olaf is a liberal arts college of the church in the Lutheran tradition (ELCA). Committed to the liberal arts and incorporating a global perspective, St. Olaf fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.Academic excellence informs St. Olaf College's identity and characterizes its history. Through its curriculum, campus life, and off-campus programs, St. Olaf hones students' critical thinking and nurtures their moral formation. The college encourages and challenges its students to be seekers of truth, to lead lives of unselfish service to others, and to be responsible and knowledgeable citizens of the world.Widely known for its world-class programs in mathematics and music, St. Olaf is also recognized for its innovative approaches to undergraduate science education and its commitment to environmental sustainability as evidenced in such initiatives as the adoption of green chemistry principles across the science curriculum. For nearly half a century, St. Olaf has been at the forefront of global edu...cation and a pioneer in study abroad. Today, with 110 distinct international and off-campus programs in 46 countries, St. Olaf students enjoy a world of opportunities when pursuing their studies.St. Olaf is an inclusive community that welcomes people of differing backgrounds and beliefs, a community that embraces spirituality and cultivates compassion. Conversations about faith are part of campus life and numerous opportunities are provided for students to grow in their faith and discover how they are called upon to serve others. St. Olaf takes pride in its record of academic excellence. A leader among undergraduate colleges in producing prestigious Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Fellows, and Peace Corps volunteers, St. Olaf ranks 11th overall among the nation's baccalaureate colleges in the number of graduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees, with top ten rankings in the fields of mathematics/statistics, religion/theology, arts and music, medical sciences, education and the social service professions, chemistry and the physical sciences, life sciences, and foreign languages.
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