University of St. Thomas

Physics Laboratory Manager

St. Paul
Jul 19, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Physics Laboratory Manager position within the Physics Department of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Physics Laboratory Manager supports students and physics faculty by teaching in the introductory sequence, maintaining demonstrations and laboratory equipment, and playing an active role with observatory outreach efforts.  They also work with ITS in maintaining departmental computers, printers and data infrastructure.

Essential Functions:

1. Teach a 3 course load during a year. 

This typically will involve an introductory course (2 course load) taught in the summer and the equivalent of 1 course in either the fall or spring semester.


2. Manage departmental laboratories and facilities:

Repair and organize laboratory equipment.  Supply labs, observatory, classrooms and machine shop with consumables. Acquire needed laboratory equipment used in courses and research.  Maintain departmental facilities as needed.  Monitor department keys and building access granted to students.  Develop and manage databases relating to inventory of equipment, computers, nuclear material, and demonstrations. Serve as Departmental Safety Officer. Responsible for maintaining lists of chemical and nuclear material used in the department. Develop and implement a safety program that is approved by the Departmental Chair and the Director of Environmental Health and Safety. 

3.  Manage departmental computer hardware, software and network resources:

Work with ITS to provide effective support for departmental computers and networks.  Function as ITS liaison with access to Helpline and network administrator account.  Work with ITS on annual rollout.

4.  Develop laboratory exercises and demonstrations:

In conjunction with faculty, design, develop, and revise laboratory experiments and demonstrations for use in laboratories, classrooms and public events.

5. Play an active  role in observatory outreach:

Interface with local schools and community groups.  Organize ongoing events for the campus and local community that involves the observatory.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications: Masters in physics or a closely related field, and two years of technical/administrative experience in laboratory operations.  Must be qualified to teach in our introductory physics and astronomy curriculum.

Special skills/knowledge/abilities:

Knowledge of physics necessary to teach in the introductory physics and astronomy sequence. Comfortable with the electronics and shop skills necessary to maintain and construct demonstration equipment.  Proficient with standard computer software and able to learn scientific packages such as Mathematica, MATLAB and LabVIEW.  Familiar with the techniques used in amateur observational astronomy.  Enjoy explaining the concepts of physics and astronomy to the general public.  Well organized and a good communicator.  Able to function independently.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website. If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at St. Thomas”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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