Classified Title: Instructional Resources Specialist Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MC Starting Salary Range: $44,748 to $61,610 per year Employee group: Full Time Schedule: 8.30-5pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 10001373-Physics and Astronomy Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences
The Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy seeks candidates for the position of Instructional Resource Specialist. The primary responsibility of this position is to support the senior faculty responsible for the general physics lecture and active learning courses by providing lecture demonstrations, in-class activities, and other apparatus. This role requires the application of advanced knowledge of theoretical physics to collaborate with faculty requests. The incumbent works in conjunction with the senior faculty and is an integral member of the department’s Instructional Resource Group and works independently to create lecture demonstrations and in-class activities on the subject matter of the various physics courses. This role has budget discretion and responsibility regarding purchasing resources to create new and to maintain current in-class activities and demonstrations. This is a professional, full-time staff position.
This role includes but is not limited to the: the coordination, setting up, and taking down of equipment; the coordination of, organizing, and leading of informational and training sessions with faculty; the conception, design, development, maintenance, and/or improvement of lecture demonstrations; coordinating, setting up, troubleshooting, and taking down equipment; the documentation, organization and storage of equipment; developing associated curricular materials; and developing activities to use in the freshmen active learning classrooms. Hires and manages students to assist in the building of equipment for the course demonstrations.
Knowledge and Skill:
The incumbent must have the ability to work independently, set priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines, and be organized and self-motivated.
The incumbent must have the ability to work harmoniously as part of a team (the Instructional Resources group) to meet the needs of the faculty and staff of the Department.
Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
Excellent customer service skills to interact effectively with faculty, staff, students and external customers with a high level of professionalism and diplomacy.
Ability to multitask and manage multiple priorities; ability to respond quickly to changing needs and balance competing responsibilities.
Excellent listening, written and oral communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing.
Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Exercise mature judgment, sensitivity, and diplomacy when dealing with all internal and external constituents.
Solid content knowledge of all areas of general physics in the undergraduate curriculum. Knowledge of the physics curriculum and teaching goals, pedagogy, and practices in the department and other peer institutions.
Thorough knowledge of all aspects of physics demonstration apparatus utilized in general physics including the appropriate procedures for the safe and effective usage of the equipment.
Knowledge and skill (or an ability to learn) proper acquisition, handling, storage, and disposal of radioactive sources, compressed gases, chemicals, and cryogenic fluids.
Proficient at troubleshooting problems with scientific equipment and apparatus used for teaching physics.
Proficient at using hand tools, power tools, and machine shop equipment to build, modify, and repair equipment.
Proficient at using CAD software for designing parts and equipment.
General knowledge of computer operating systems used with audio-visual equipment and with data acquisition software and hardware used with the general physics lecture demonstrations.
Knowledge of cameras, microscopes, and other devices to make demonstrations visible.
Proficient in the use of software applications such as Word, Excel, and FileMaker Pro related to the administrative aspects of the position.
Ability to keep materials, records, and the workplace neat and well organized in a logical fashion.
Knowledge and ability to use JHU purchasing infrastructure (SAP, Purchasing Cards) to purchase items on behalf of the Department.
Knowledge and ability to exercise good judgments with respect to the purchasing of materials and equipment.
Must have the ability to exhibit a manner of professional behavior that will promote positive interaction between co-workers and customers with the goal of increasing productivity and improving the public image of the institution.
Ability to maintain confidentiality on matters relating to students and staff at JHU.
Ability to delegate work and inspire, train, and manage casual undergraduate student workers for lecture-demonstration projects.
Ability to imagine, design, develop, and implement new physics demonstrations that illustrate physics concepts clearly and unambiguously and that are quick to setup and takedown and that use a minimum of storage space and a maximum of visual lecture demo space.
Able to understand and set up demonstrations from the instructor point of view: reflected in efficient and effective setups of equipment and in the development and modification of demonstrations and activities.
Ability and creativity to devise, implement, document, and edit materials (print, video, demonstrations, etc.) required for teaching and learning introductory physics in a laboratory environment.
Understanding of the educational environment and practices of a large research-oriented university. Ability to maintain confidentiality on matters relating to students and staff at JHU. Strives to achieve formal and informal departmental goals, standards, policies and procedures. Engages with the greater JHU community, including other departments and divisions, to best achieve the mission of the physics lecture demonstrations and the mission of the university.
Knowledge of departmental, school, and university policies and procedures, especially those related to laboratory management.
Able to move and position heavy and bulky items (up to 50 pounds) including gas cylinders, power supplies, and optical benches on occasion.
Able to lift 20 pounds overhead occasionally.
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work overtime on special occasions such as the annual physics fair.
Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification
Bachelor's degree in physics or a closely related field.
3 years of experience training, and aptitude for using and building mechanical, electrical, optical, and scientific instruments and experience to include working in a research or teaching laboratory environment
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
An advanced degree in physics or a related discipline.
1 year experience developing instructional materials.
3 years’ experience building scientific equipment.
Special Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:
An aptitude for teaching physics.
An understanding of the teaching environment in a large research university.
CAD Software training; able to use CAD software to design equipment.
1 year coursework in electronics.
3 years of physics teaching experience.
5 years of experience in a research or teaching laboratory environment.
Machine shop training; able to build and repair parts in the machine shop.
Specific Physical Requirements for the Job:
• Able to lift 20 pounds overhead occasionally.
• Able to move and position heavy and bulky items (up to 50 pounds) including gas cylinders, power
supplies, and optical benches on occasion.
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