Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 17:51:08 -0400

Author: Brian Holton

Subject: Re: Job Opening


I'm a tad upset. I've noticed a few postings about position openings at
various universities in the last few months. All of these were 12 month
positions, probably 7 or 8 hour days. But the salaries were not competitive
with those of physics teachers in their corresponding states. I realize that
resource personnel will most likely not get paid what research physicists get
paid (even though they work longer and their talents are different - it's the
research physicists setting the salary ranges..... the old problem), but they
should get paid at least what high school teachers are being paid -
particularly since HS people only work 185 days, 6 or 7 hours a day. An entry
level physics teacher in NJ gets paid 32K$ his or her first year - at least
(that's the state law)! Someone with 10 years experience gets about 50K$ per
year. If you shop around, a 15 year experience person can get 80K$ per year.
Add on a few extra assignments like chess team, or physics olympics, and you
can add like 5K$ per year.

WHY are 12 month professionals who must be tops in their fields be paid
less???? Okay, you say that NJ pays more because of cost of living, no, the
AVERAGE HS teacher gets 50K$ per year - that's a US survey stat (I think that
is true, although I might be wrong and that might only be my geographic
area). How can we raise the salaries of PIRA professionals?? Something MUST
be done. Is there a glut of PIRA professionals? I think not - we're a pretty
select bunch.

Brian Holton

Dale Stille wrote:

> Tappers,
> This may be of interest ( I hope ) to someone in PIRA land!
> Stille
> U of Iowa
> Laboratory Coordinator
> The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa has and
> immediate opening for a Laboratory Coordinator (PJ6706). This person will
> manage and coordinate the departmental instructional facilities. The
> primary responsibility of the Laboratory Coordinator is to set up and
> maintain experiments for deparmental teaching labs. In addition, this
> person will be responsible for assisting in instruction of the labs,
> instructing teaching assistants and faculty in operation of experiments,
> maintaining and repairing equipment, developing and constructing new
> experiments, involvement in outreach activities and supervising student
> employees. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.
> The basic qualifications for the position include:
> * A bachelor's degree in physics or a related field
> * Reasonable experience with the repair and maintenance of laboratory
> equipment
> * Reasonable experience with data acquisition software and hardware
> Desirable qualifications include:
> * Teaching experience
> * Supervisory experience
> * A master's degree preferred
> Salary: commensurate with level of experience and education
> ( probably somewhere in the $26,400 to $32,300 range...although
> experienced applicants may possibly be considered for a slightly higher
> salary with proper justification) d.s.
> To apply for this position please submit a cover letter, resume and names
> of 3 references to: ( deadline of July 31 to Aug 1 )
> Cheryl H. Reardon
> Department of Physics and Astronomy
> 211 Van Allen Hall
> The University of Iowa
> Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1479
> Fax: 319-335-1753
> e-mail:
> ( fax or e-mail a resume if possible due to the restricted time frame.)
> A more complete job description may be seen at: