Laboratory Coordinator - Physics and Engineering

Colorado, United States
$45,000.00 - $45,000.00
Apr 30, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary 

The Laboratory Coordinator is responsible for aiding faculty with all phases of lab preparation including ordering, set-up, and other activities associated with lab delivery.  Responsibilities also include oversight and daily maintenance of the department laboratories that include:  Physics; Thermal and Fluids; Structures, Mechanics and Materials; Measurements and Instrumentation; Networks; Optics; and Astronomy.   Additional responsibilities include assistance to students, ensuring a safe laboratory environment, and other related laboratory duties.    

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Engineering or other closely related science  
  • Previous experience in a physical sciences and/or engineering laboratory setting  
  • Experience solving technical problems with minimal supervision  
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Interest or involvement in educational programs  
  • Experience with physics and/or engineering instrumentation and data acquisition  
  • Willingness to support instructors in the lab during courses, as needed  
  • Familiarity with common laboratory and shop equipment  

Major Responsibilities 

The Laboratory Coordinator will consistently exercise their own discretion and judgement when performing the following functions relating to safety and scheduling.  

  • Set-up and take down of classroom demonstrations  
  • Laboratory set-up for a variety of labs  
  • General maintenance of laboratory facilities  
  • Maintain laboratories to ensure laboratory experiments can be conducted smoothly and safely  
  • Ordering equipment, materials, and monitoring portions of department operational budget  
  • Routinely maintaining and repairing instruments, equipment, and computers used in the laboratory courses   
  • Maintain safety supplies for labs  
  • Organize hiring and supervise undergraduate Teaching Assistants for laboratory courses  
  • Train teaching assistants for preparedness and safety  
  • Help to acquire new instrumentation and equipment  
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  
  • Perform other duties as assigned  

Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Moderate noise associated with some light mechanical equipment such as air compressors  
  • Safely work with hazardous chemicals including, but not limited to strong acids/bases, flammable solvents, pyrophoric compounds, possible carcinogens  
  • Ability to work in a fume hood  


Salary is $45,000 per year plus a comprehensive benefits package.  

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
  • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 


Application materials received by May 30, 2021,   will receive full consideration. 

Position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 



The College and the Community  

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. 


Equal Opportunity   

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  

To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See  

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  

Molly Wieser  

230 Skyhawk Station  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7241  

Other discrimination questions?   

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  

David Pirrone  

192 Education Business Hall  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7182  

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request. 


  * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.  


ADAA Accommodations  

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.