Physics Teaching and Research Laboratory Coordinator University of Toronto Scarborough Canada

Physics Teaching and Research Laboratory Coordinator

Job Number: 1801550

Faculty / Division: University of Toronto Scarborough

Department: UTSC: Physical & Environmental Sciences

Campus: Scarborough

Description: Working under the general direction of the Chemistry Operations Manager, the Physics Teaching and Research Laboratory Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the day-to-day operations for teaching and research activities within the Physics and Astrophysics Group as well as providing administrative support for the Centre for Planetary Science.


The Physics Teaching and Research Laboratory Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the delivery of the department’s Physics and Astrophysics courses. The incumbent will ensure that the teaching labs are set-up with the appropriate instrumentation, equipment and software required by each specific course, so that students can successfully complete their assigned course work. In addition, the incumbent will ensure that all Physics and Astrophysics computers, equipment and instrumentation are maintained in good working order and that teaching assistants and Graduate and Undergraduate students are provided proper instructions on their correct operation. During the laboratories, the incumbent will interact with Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Graduate and Undergraduate students as necessary to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the laboratory and ensure a quality academic experience for the students.


Working with the Course Instructor(s), the incumbent will research, design, develop and implement new experiments, activities, demonstrations, and simulations (including the revitalization of existing lab exercises) for the Physics and Astrophysics undergraduate program. In addition, Physics Teaching and Research Laboratory Coordinator will make minor purchases upon receiving approval, develop, and implement educational technology for all Physics and Astrophysics courses liaising with the appropriate internal and external stakeholders and partners.


The Physics Teaching and Research Laboratory Coordinator will work with IITS and be responsible for coordinating, supporting and administrating technical requirements in support of Physics and Astrophysics teaching and research activities. Primary duties will include installation, administration, and maintenance of computing hardware and software, as well as the continual update and improvement of current technology, and its application, in support of Physics and Astrophysics teaching and research activities and projects.


In addition, the Physics Teaching and Research Coordinator will be expected to maintain and update website content for the Physics and Astrophysics group as well as the Center for Planetary Science. The incumbent will also create, administer and maintain a number of teaching and research databases for department use.

(Minimum Requirements)


Undergraduate Bachelors of Science Degree in Physics and Computer Science or equivalent combination of education and experience.


At least three (3) years of related experience working in a scientific laboratory setting, preferably in a post-secondary environment. Demonstrated experience identifying and rectifying issues affecting computer and server performance. Web and network maintenance skills. Demonstrated experience with computer programming and data analysis and/or computational techniques. Experience using and implementing educational technology including course management and online learning applications and software. Experience using and repairing scientific equipment commonly found in a Physics lab including lasers, light emitting diodes, UV lamps, oscilloscopes, power supplies, function generators, multi-meters, amplifiers, etc.


Must have excellent computer skills including Content Management Systems, Database Management and MS Office. Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.


Strong initiative, tact, persuasiveness and outstanding customer focus. Must be able to manage multiple and conflicting priorities. Excellent knowledge of the regulations/legislation pertaining to the protocols for electrical, laser, and radiation safety. Must have first aid and CPR training or be willing to be trained. Must demonstrate a willingness to work and solve problems with minimal supervision and show considerable ingenuity and responsibility. Light lifting will be required.

Travel: None

Notes: A copy of the full job description is available upon request from the UTSC HR Office.

Employee Group: United Steelworkers (USW)

Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing

Schedule: Full-time

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: USW Pay Band 11 -- $62,204 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $79,547. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.

Job Field: Research & Teaching

Job Posting: May 11, 2018

Job Closing: May 25, 2018, 11:59:00 AM

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