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Director of Undergraduate Laboratories

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Department of Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for the Director of Undergraduate Laboratories. This position is responsible for supervision and oversight of laboratory classes for Physics majors. Primary duties are 1) design, construction, and set-up of laboratory exercises in the sophomore, junior and senior labs (PHYS2150, 3330, and 4430/5430), 2) support, training and supervision of faculty, staff, graduate TAs, and undergraduate learning assistants in those lab classes, and 3) implementing innovations in laboratory instruction.  The position is not expected to teach. A doctorate in physics (or a related engineering field) is strongly preferred, but is not required. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Physics offers award-winning programs, well-established and knowledgeable faculty, and an unmatched educational experience. We are ranked among the top 15 universities overall for graduate-level physics programs. Our faculty includes multiple Nobel laureates, Packard Fellows, MacArthur Fellows, and Presidential Early Career Award winners performing ground- breaking research. The Department is strongly affiliated with Institutes of the University of Colorado (Biofrontiers, CIRES, JILA, LASP, RASEI), with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and with the nearby National Laboratories (NIST, NREL, NOAA, and NCAR), offering world-class facilities and broad opportunities for research collaboration. The department has among the largest PhD programs and programs for undergraduate majors in the US.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Sophomore Lab Course Upgrade (Phys2150)
  • In collaboration with faculty in physics, redesign course format in light of the latest research in undergraduate laboratory education research. Develop new lab exercises and improve existing lab exercises.
  • Work with staff and faculty in Physics in organization of course, purchase and repair of new and existing equipment.
Electronics Lab Course Management (PHYS3330)
  • In collaboration with faculty in physics, develop new lab exercises and improvement of existing lab exercises in PHYS 3330 (Junior-level electronics lab).
  • Work with staff and faculty in Physics in purchase and repair of new and existing supplies and equipment for PHYS3330.
  • Work with staff and faculty in Physics in organization and management of equipment, supplies, PC/printer/internet infrastructure.
  • Supervision of undergraduate learning assistants in PHYS3330 (typically 3 LA’s per semester).
  • Temporary instructor in PHYS3330, if instructor is ill or unavailable.
Advanced Lab Course Management (PHYS4430)
  • In collaboration with faculty in physics, develop new lab exercises and improvement of existing lab exercises in PHYS4430.
  • Work with staff and faculty in Physics in purchase and repair of new and existing supplies and equipment for PHYS4430 (Senior-level advanced undergraduate lab).
  • Assist/train new faculty in organization of course and details of experimental apparatus.
  • Assist faculty in documentation of new and existing lab experiments.
  • Assist faculty in monitoring/mentoring students during class sessions.
  • Temporary instructor in PHYS4430, if instructor is ill or unavailable.
Application of Results from Physical Education and Industry Skills Analysis
  • Learn about and apply results from physics education research to undergraduate lab courses.
  • Assessment of effectiveness of physics lab by working with faculty.
  • Design and tailor lab experience based on analysis of the lab skills and techniques needed from industry.

What You Should Know

This position is expected to work in-person (no remote work).

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

Annual salary range is $78,000 - $82,000. Relocation funds are available according to departmental policy. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Master’s degree in Physics or related engineering degree, or related field.
  • At least two years of relevant experience teaching undergraduate physics students and management of physics lab or similar experience.

What You Will Need

  • Digital literacy with Adobe Acrobat and MS Office applications, particularly with Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, with a variety of professionals, administrators, and students.
  • Ability to work independently and assume responsibility for initiating and completing critical functions in the management of educational programs.
  • Proven leadership ability.
  • Proven track record of working effectively in a team and within other collaborative work situations.
  • Knowledge of analog and digital electronics and ability to fabricate experimental apparatus.
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g., python, Matlab, etc.)

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Ph.D. in Physics or related engineering degree.
  • Experience as an instructor of record for undergraduate physics course(s).
  • At least five years of laboratory experience appropriate to the position.
  • Three years experience teaching science lab courses or science course with a lab component at the undergraduate or junior/senior high school level.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
  3. Diversity essay.
    • A short essay (no more than 1 page) that addresses the following statement: "Central to our mission is facilitating an inclusive community. Describe what your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion looks like in practice, including examples of how your work and experiences have contributed to advancing DEI in higher education.".
We may request references/letters of recommendation at a later time.

The position is open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by January 3, 2022.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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