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Physics Lab Specialist

Gonzaga University
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jun 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology, Physics & Space Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Physics at Gonzaga University invites applications for a full-time Lab Specialist position to begin Fall 2021.  The Department seeks an enthusiastic colleague interested in hands-on laboratory instruction and curriculum development for our Scientific Inquiry labs taken by non-science majors.  Candidates should be committed to pursuing excellence in teaching, promoting an inclusive learning environment, and show clear promise for innovative teaching in an undergraduate laboratory setting and a liberal arts environment. 

Lab Specialists prepare laboratory facilities for the teaching of multi-section laboratory courses, assist with the implementation of lab curricula, and teach lab sections.  Lab Specialists work with a variety of faculty and department staff for the efficient, effective, and safe functioning of all labs in the department. 

Candidates from underrepresented groups in physics are particularly encouraged to apply.  The Physics Department at Gonzaga University is committed to building an intellectually vibrant and culturally inclusive community for our students, faculty, and staff.  The department supports innovative pedagogy and effective, engaging, and interactive courses. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in Physics or related STEM field, or Bachelor’s degree with equivalent experience in lieu of Master’s degree.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Lab teaching experience, in higher education preferred.
  • Evidence of effective, rigorous, and engaging teaching at the undergraduate level, including the ability to effectively respond to the academic needs of learners from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience teaching students of all backgrounds, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in physics.
  • Driver’s license (regular/basic, Class D).

The position’s annual term is for 10 months per year, and Gonzaga offers competitive benefit packages, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, tuition benefits, and other University-provided benefits.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please visit our website at  Applicants must complete an online application and submit the following:

  • A cover letter;
  • A detailed resume/CV; and
  • A two-page statement of teaching philosophy that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness, including the ability to effectively respond to the academic needs of learners from diverse backgrounds.

To learn more about the Department of Physics at Gonzaga University, please visit the department website.  Questions about this position can be directed to Dr. Erik Aver, Chair, Department of Physics,  The position will be open until filled, with initial review beginning July 6, 2021.  For assistance with your online application, please call the Human Resources department at 509-313-5996. 

Who We Are

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic liberal arts university, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. The University is a committed EEO/AA employer seeking to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status. 

Gonzaga’s campus sits adjacent to downtown Spokane, WA, along the Spokane River.  We are located on the historical lands of Salish speaking tribes in the Inland Northwest’s most metropolitan region.  The second largest city in Washington state, Spokane boasts a vibrant arts and entertainment community and a range of exciting restaurants, with several ski resorts and many other outdoor recreational areas within driving distance.  Gonzaga University is ranked in the Top 100 National Universities by U.S. News and World Report

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