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Physics Lab Manager Wanted

The University of La Verne seeks an individual with exceptional organizational skills and proven technical experience to manage the physics program’s laboratory facilities, to provide instructional support to physics classes, to supervise student teaching assistants and to provide technical support for faculty and student research.  The Physics Laboratory Manager position is a full-time, administrative-professional position starting immediately. It is eligible for benefits that include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse and dependent children and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in physics, astronomy, engineering or a related field and three years of professional experience involving laboratory work or a graduate degree in physics, astronomy or a related field. In addition, applicants must have a broad knowledge of physics and expertise in experimental techniques used in undergraduate teaching laboratories; excellent written and verbal communication skills; proven supervisory skills; experience troubleshooting and maintaining scientific equipment; and experience designing and building basic electronics projects.

Experience with one or more of the following is desired: digital data acquisition platforms such as LabView or Matlab, microcontroller electronics such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi, CNC milling machines, lathes, laser cutters, 3D printers, vacuum systems, lasers, control systems, physics education research, public outreach, design and fabrication of physics lecture demonstration.

The University of La Verne is an accredited private institution of higher education located 35 miles east of Los Angeles at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.  La Verne is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator, committed to excellence, and actively strives for cultural diversity. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should apply through the […]

Robotics Coach Wanted

Harvard‐Westlake seeks a part time robotics coach (approximately 25 hours per week). The coach will be the primary advisor for the team and will supervise the team after school three days per week (3 to 4 hours each afternoon) as well as on the weekends (approximately 4 to 5 hours day). The Harvard‐ Westlake Robotics team participates in VEX robotics competitions throughout the year. In the past two years, teams have qualified for the VEX World Championships in the spring. In 2016‐2017, the team participated in 16 weekend competitions throughout the year, and the coach will be the primary supervisor at these competitions. The coach will also be responsible for submitting any trip paperwork to the school in a timely fashion. On the weekends, a second coach also helps, and this coach also attends many of the competitions with the students. Both coaches will foster a positive team dynamic as well as provide technical support as the students work on the robots.

Knowledge of high school robotics and robotics generally. Knowledge of VEX robotics a plus. Introductory engineering and computer programming knowledge is required to help the students build and maintain the robots. An ability to work with teenagers as a coach/mentor is essential. The ability to create a positive, cohesive team dynamic is as important as the technical knowledge. Qualified applicants will most likely have some engineering background. Bachelor’s degree preferred though candidates with appropriate work experience will be considered.

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to

Physics lab instructor needed

Citrus College in Glendora has an immediate opening for a physics lab instructor during the WINTER 2018 semester (a 6-week intercession).  PHYS 110 is a general education course for non-science majors emphasizing physics in everyday life.

The course runs from January 9, 2018 through February 15, 2018 and meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 10am-noon.

If you are interested in teaching, please contact Chris Pagano via email ( or phone (626-914-8789) for more details.

Project Manager wanted

The Cal-Bridge and CAMPARE (California Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education) programs invite applications for a Project Manager to provide leadership, administrative, and operational management support for all aspects of both programs, including supervising any additional personnel hired by the programs. The Project Manager will provide national leadership in developing, organizing, and implementing elements of the Cal-Bridge and CAMPARE programs, which have a shared goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and women receiving doctoral degrees in astronomy and physics.

Applicants must have at least a master’s degree (PhD preferred), with a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree in the natural sciences or engineering. In addition, the successful candidate will have experience with issues faced by underrepresented groups in natural sciences or engineering (knowledge of effective practices in supporting minority students desired); ability to read and synthesize relevant literature; and excellent organizational, inter-personal skills, and written and verbal communication skills. Experience with program administration is desired.

Applicants should e-mail their complete applications to Dr. Alexander Rudolph, Program Director, at, including (in PDF format) a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the Foundation are Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employers committed to building a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial, and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Included Benefits:
Benefits package includes: medical, dental, vision, life, and a retirement program currently offered through CalPERS.

Astronomy instructors needed

The Department of Astronomy at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa has vacancies in two Astronomy Laboratory sections (Astronomy 100L) for the Fall 2017 full semester (August 28-December 16).  These are daytime observation laboratories enrolling 24 students and involving solar telescope use.

MW 11:10-12:35
TTh 2:40-4:05 pm

If you are interested in teaching, please contact Tara Giblin  via email ( or phone (714-432-5093) for more details.

Astronomy lab instructor wanted

MiraCosta College has an immediate opening for an introductory astronomy lab instructor during the fall 2017 semester.

The course runs from 21 August through 16 December 2017.

ASTR 101L: Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
meets Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:50 p.m. on the Oceanside campus

Full job announcement with details is at <>.

All interested parties MUST apply online at and submit an application to the “Astronomy Associate (Part-time) Instructor 2017-2018” pool.

Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Instructors needed for Fall

The Department of Physics and Engineering at Los Angeles City College has several vacancies in the following subjects for the Fall 2017 semester (Aug 28th to Dec 17th):

Calculus Based Physics-Mechanics (Physics 101)
Trigonometry Based Physics (Physics 11)
Astronomy Lecture (Astronomy 1)
Introduction to Engineering (GE101)
Engineering-Computer Aided Design – Fusion360 (GE212)

If you are interested in teaching in any of the above subjects, please contact Jayesh Bhakta via email ( or phone (323-953-4000 X 2923) for more details.

Astronomy Teaching Workshop

Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) Southwest Regional Teaching Exchange
May 6, 2017
presented by CAE Southwest Regional Teaching Exchange Coordinator, Rica French (MiraCosta College)

CAE Regional Teaching Exchanges are designed to foster a sense of community amongst geographically linked current and future Astro 101 instructors. Those at CAE don’t want you to feel isolated, and they don’t want you to have to wait to attend (or re-attend) a CAE Tier I workshop to continue your professional development. They have regional experts from the broader CAE community ready, willing, and able to provide the opportunity for you to meet your neighbors, expand your instructional repertoire, and share your own expertise.

So grab your colleagues—instructors, graduate students, and postdocs, alike—and join the Exchange!

Additional information and registration can be found online.

Summer Teaching Workshops

More than 60 summer Modeling Workshops™ in high school physics, chemistry, physical science, biology, and middle school science will be offered, in many states. Most are two or three weeks long.

CEUs; optional graduate credit. Stipends at grant-funded sites.
Modeling Instruction is research-informed, interactive engagement pedagogy.
Ask your school administration to help pay. Mention the research on NGSS readiness: Modelers are better prepared to transition to NGSS than other teachers, research shows.


Workshop descriptions:


Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program and a Promising Educational Technology program by the U.S. Department of Education.

Modeling Workshops are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning. Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving. Thus, modeling guides all other practices.

Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:

Aligned with National Science Education Standards
Focuses on all 8 scientific practices of NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.
Addresses multiple learning styles.
Addresses student naive conceptions.
Collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.
Systems, models, modeling.
Coherent curriculum framework, but not a curriculum; thus flexible.
Compatible with Socratic methods, project-based instruction, PBL, etc.
Science & math literacy.
Authentic assessments.
High-tech and low-tech options for labs.

Physics and Astronomy instructors needed for Summer and Fall

Physics and Astronomy instructors needed for Summer and Fall 2017 at Orange Coast College

The Department of Physics and Department of Astronomy at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa has vacancies in the following subjects for the Summer 8 Week session and Fall 2017 full semester (June 26-August 4; August 28-December 16)

Astronomy Laboratory (Astronomy 100L)
Conceptual Physics (Physics 110)
Algebra Based Physics and Lab (Physics 120 and 120L)
Calculus Based Physics and Lab (Physics 185 and 185L; 280 and 280L; 285 and 285L)

If you are interested in teaching in any of the above subjects, please contact Tara Giblin via email ( or phone (714-432-5093) for more details.