Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:56:04

Author: --- Tom Colton

Subject: Lecture demo job at Berkeley


Dear Tap-L,

Despite hiring freezes and budget cuts, I'm delighted that we are able to offer
this full-time position in lecture demos. Please consider the opportunity and
pass the word along to colleagues who might be interested. (Note that the first
review date is November 4, not October 28 as currently shows up in the posting

Tom Colton

LECTURE DEMONSTRATION COORDINATOR - University of California at Berkeley

DESCRIPTION. The Physics Department seeks a full-time Lecture Demonstration
Coordinator to provide lecture demonstrations for undergraduate courses. The
lecture demonstration facility contains nearly 600 demonstrations, most of which
were designed and fabricated in-house over the last eighty or more years.
Instructors use these demonstrations to help students understand difficult
concepts and to motivate learning. This position, along with a full-time,
experienced co-worker, supports nine lower-division undergraduate lecture
courses serving 15-17 lecture sections totaling 2300 students each semester.
This is an exciting opportunity to work with faculty and students to improve
understanding and appreciation of physics.

RESPONSIBILITIES. Working with another full-time lecture demonstration
coordinator, utilize and improve an outstanding collection of 600 physics
lecture demonstrations. Duties include
Advise faculty on demonstrations appropriate for their lectures.
Set up demonstrations before each class and assist instructors.
Improve existing demonstrations and create new ones.
Maintain and repair apparatus.
Develop on-line database of lecture demonstrations.
Support outreach activities to the public and visiting students.
The candidate will be expected to build closer ties with colleagues at other
institutions, exchanging ideas to strengthen our program as well as contributing
to the community of physics educators.

REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS. Bachelor degree in physics, education, or a
related field, including working knowledge of undergraduate-level physics,
mathematics, and chemistry. Facility troubleshooting and manipulating
mechanical and electrical apparatus. Technical knowledge of electrical
instruments, mechanical apparatus, and computer hardware and software commonly
used to support physics education. Ability to pay close attention to detail and
meet deadlines. The candidate must possess excellent interpersonal skills and
have excellent oral and written communications skills. Position requires
successful completion of a criminal background check. Preferred: Graduate
training in science education, physics, engineering, or other physical science
and experience in physics teaching or presenting science education workshops.
OTHER: Annual salary range $44,376 - $71,352 (hiring range $$44,376 - $56,292).
Position includes full benefits. Open until filled; first review date November
4, 2011; preferred start January 1, 2012 .

TO APPLY. Apply online at:, job ID 12978. Include a
resume, a statement of how your experience is relevant to this position, and
names of at least three references. The University of California, Berkeley is an
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.