Job Requisition Number: 23975. Physics is the largest department in the L&S Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. It is ranked as one of the top physics departments in the world, with excellence in research, teaching, and service to the community all highly valued. The department has 80 ladder and active emeriti faculty, 60 career and casual staff, and 300 lecturers, teaching assistants, readers, research personnel, postdocs, fellowship recipients, and visiting scholars. It enrolls 250 graduate students, 250 undergraduate majors, and over 7,000 students in its courses, many with laboratory sections. Its faculty fully participates in teaching and administration and conducts world-class research in campus, local, national, and international laboratories and sites; research activities require active financial arrangements with organizations such as Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Financial resources include approximately $100M in annual appropriations. Physics manages 3 distinct campus buildings in its facilities complex with 240,000 assignable square feet, and it also houses and provides services to several research centers, the Physics Library, and multiple research Laboratories with varying physical environments and has an active fundraising program.
The R&D Engineer manages the laboratories for two upper-division lab courses that comprise the Physics 111 Lab, enrolling 85-100 students per semester. This position plans, directs, executes and evaluates the operations of the lab on a day-to-day basis and participates in the committee of faculty and staff responsible for providing overall direction and establishing priorities for the 111 lab. Responsibilities include building and maintaining experiments, supporting the· management of a network of over 40 computers and servers, training instructors in operation of the experiments, assisting with student laboratory instruction, supervising student assistants, and purchasing equipment and supplies. The position requires working with faculty, students, and staff to develop new experiments. Engineering activities include conception, design, construction, and testing of experiments, as well as documentation and editing of instructional materials.
The two courses managed by this position are critical to the success of the department's undergraduate major. It is in Physics 111 that students learn to do experimental physics, from experimental design, to hands-on experience in acquiring data and troubleshooting apparatus, to analyzing and communicating results in a professional manner. More than any other course, the 111 lab prepares students to work productively in an academic or industrial research environment. Many graduate student instructors’ benefit in similar ways from the training and guidance provided by this position, improving their abilities to conduct their own research and eventually teach their own courses. Faculty teaching the 111 lab are largely freed from day-to-day management of the course and troubleshooting of experiments so they can focus on working directly with students.Knowledge/Skills: •Thorough knowledge associated with the planning, development, and construction of advanced physics experiments. •Thorough knowledge of specialized design work. •Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. •Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, to convey complex information in a clear and concise manner. •Desire and Motivation to learn new skills and Physics. •Advanced interpersonal communication and presentation skills. •Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions. •Ability to lead and influence others. •Information Technology knowledge sufficient to support the management of a large network of instructional computers. •Understanding of procedures within the Physics Department for requesting purchase orders, arranging for facilities maintenance and improvements, using departmental shops, and complying with requirements. •Knowledge of campus environmental health and safety standards and procedures for general lab safety, hazardous waste handling and disposal, as well as for specialized requirements for radioactive sources and lasers. •Knowledge of campus business policies and procedures that affect the Lab. •Knowledge of electronics engineering, vacuum technology, electrical power, high voltage, digital logic circuits, analog circuits, cryogenics, and radiation and laser safety. •Knowledge of and experience programming in LabVIEW, Matlab and code-based languages suitable for data acquisition, signal processing, and data analysis. •Expertise in Windows operating systems ranging from Windows 7 through the current OS. Familiarity with Windows Server, Unix, and Linux preferred. •Understanding of physical principles of classical physics, atomic physics, nuclear particle physics, lasers, solid state physics, optics, plasma physics, nonlinear dynamics, radioactive decay, astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter, material sciences, and molecular physics. •Skills to conduct electronics design, fabrication and repair, including soldering. •Working Knowledge of web technologies (Drupal, HTML, etc.), Adobe Suite. •Basic computer network knowledge. •Basic knowledge of Active Directory and Group Policy (domain accounts (CalNet IDs), AD Groups, what Group policy can do). •Basic understanding of computer imaging. •Machining skills. •Ability to produce training/educational videos.
Education/Training: •Bachelor’s degree in physics or engineering or equivalent combination of education and work experience. •Minimum of 5 years of verifiable related previous experience.
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