SUMMARY: The Technician for Physics and Natural Sciences provides technical support to the Physics Department and other departments in the Natural Sciences Division. The allocation of time will be 70% to the Physics Department and 30% to the other departments.
The technician will have responsibilities for
Managing, maintaining, and repairing equipment in the Physics and Natural Science departments, including diagnosing what to repair in-house, what to send out for repair, and what to replace.
Supporting the Physics and Natural Science departments in the construction of apparatus for departmental teaching and research activities, contributing to design where appropriate.
Supervising the divisional machine shop, including maintaining the shop in a safe and well-organized state with the machines and tools kept in good operating order and training and assisting faculty, staff, and students in the safe use of the shop for departmental activities.
Setting up of laboratory experiments for the Physics Department.
Maintaining the Physics Department demonstration room and setting up of classroom demonstrations for the Physics Department.
Maintaining an inventory of the Physics Department equipment and tools.
Overseeing the growth and development of the shop so as to have capabilities that would be useful to the Physics Department and the Natural Science Division, including the acquisition of tools reflecting more newly developed technologies;
Bachelor's degree preferred
Formal training and/or practical experience in general machine shop practice, including the ability to operate and maintain various types of mechanical, electrical and electronic, optical, and vacuum equipment.
An ability to effectively and efficiently diagnose and repair or make recommendations regarding faulty equipment.
An ability to work well with others to provide training and assistance in basic equipment operation and to assist in the design and building of apparatus for teaching and research.
Good organizational and time management skills are essential.
Experience with computers and computer software (Outlook, MS Office, etc.) for general office work and bookkeeping and for data acquisition from scientific equipment.
Reasonable problem solving skills and a knowledge of basic physics is desirable.
Experience with or a willingness and ability to learn additional machine shop skills.
This job also requires the ability to lift 50 lb. machine attachments to shoulder height, and lift 30 pounds over head and carry it to adjacent buildings.
About Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Located on 195 acres in the heart of New York States Finger Lakes Region, Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges distinctive for providing highly individualized educations. Guided by an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, the Colleges prepare students to think critically. In partnership with the Geneva and global communities and through robust programs in career development, study-abroad, service, leadership and athletics, the Colleges foster an environment that values global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence, and cultural competence.Under the mentorship of faculty, Hobart and William Smith students gain the necessary clarity to be competitive when seeking employment. They win prestigious fellowships like the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Udall, Fulbright and Goldwater. They gain admittance to the best graduate programs in the country. They go on to lead lives of consequence.
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