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Search for teaching laboratory technicians

Laboratory Technician II (UCP 4)

Department of Physics

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Connecticut

The Department of Physics seeks 2 dynamic and energetic applicants to join its teaching laboratory team. The Department is undergoing a deep renovation of teaching pedagogy in large-scale learning labs with full support of the University. The successful applicant will fill the Laboratory Technician 2, UCP 4 designation and assume responsibility for maintaining, troubleshooting, and organizing equipment related to learning activities in the large-scale introductory courses. In addition, the technician will be expected to provide support and training to graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants and interact professionally with the teaching staff team, students, and faculty to ensure the safe and secure operation of our teaching labs. Additional duties will include maintaining and upgrading equipment, developing new educational tools under supervision, evaluating and designing laboratory procedures, providing administrative support related to the teaching labs, and assisting in the training, support, and evaluation of teaching assistants. For information about the Physics Department, please visit: http://www.physics.uconn.edu/.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in physics or a related field and 1-3 years experience in teaching laboratory operations, or equivalent education and experience; sound knowledge of principles of and experience in experimental physics; ability to perform and explain lab procedures and edit manuals; working knowledge of standard MS Office software; ability to operate and maintain computer-based laboratory equipment; knowledge of laboratory safety procedures; ability to troubleshoot equipment similar in type and complexity to existing lab equipment; ability to perform tasks requiring manual dexterity and lift 40 lbs; ability to support evening labs as needed.

Preferred Qualifications
Strong written and verbal communication skills; familiarity with PASCO proprietary hardware and software; demonstrated ability to work well with students, faculty and staff in a diverse environment; familiarity with the LaTeX typesetting system; ability to create schematic drawings of experimental equipment; ability to revise current experiments and design new experiments; ability to design and perform basic repairs to electric circuits and electronic equipment; familiarity with basic experimental data analysis techniques and software tools; basic proficiency writing code in Python (or equivalent); familiarity with science education research; familiarity with studio-based instructional models;

Appointment Terms
This is a full time, 12-month permanent position with excellent benefits.

To Apply
For full consideration, interested applicants should submit letter of application, resume, names and contact information for three professional references to UConn Careers. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2019124).
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Galactic Center, Star Formation, ISM, numerical or observational

University of Connecticut, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Physics Department

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Galactic Center, Star Formation, ISM, numerical or observational

Job Summary: Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Prof. Cara Battersby’s research group in the Astrophysics Program at the University of Connecticut. The successful candidate will work closely with the group on research topics related to star formation, the Galactic Center, Galactic structure, nearby galaxies, and the ISM, utilizing large datasets and/or numerical simulations. The growing UConn astrophysics program, with three recent faculty hires, is a vibrant and collegial atmosphere. The successful candidate will have opportunities for research mentoring, teaching, and outreach as desired.

Appointment Terms: The desired start date is August 2, 2019 (with flexibility). The initial appointment is for one year, renewable for an additional two years contingent upon satisfactory performance, mutual agreement, and availability of funds.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates are expected to have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely-related field by the start date.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a solid research portfolio, strong coding and analysis skills, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to promoting an inclusive community in astrophysics as well as an interest and/or experience in working with large datasets, numerical simulations, the Galactic Center, Galactic structure, nearby galaxies, star formation, and/or the ISM.

To Apply: Please submit a CV, publication list, cover letter, and research statement (flexible length, about 2-4 pages) to UConn Jobs http://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Prof. Cara Battersby (cara.battersby@uconn.edu). Questions about the position should also be directed to Prof. Cara Battersby. Evaluation of applications will begin December 17, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a Pre-Employment Criminal Background Check (Search # 2019081). The University of Connecticut is an EEO /AA Employer.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Galaxy Formation and Evolution

University of Connecticut

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Physics Department

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in extragalactic astronomy at the University of Connecticut in collaboration with Professor Kate Whitaker. The successful candidate will focus on the analysis, interpretation and modeling of space-based multi-wavelength data from the 3D-HST/CANDELS treasury program, as part of an awarded NASA-ADAP grant.  Emphasis of research topics related to observational galaxy formation and evolution can include star formation, dust obscuration, quiescence, galaxy morphology, and/or active galactic nuclei. The position will also provide opportunities for independent research. The growing UConn Astrophysics Program offers a vibrant and collegial atmosphere. The successful candidate will have local opportunities for research mentoring, teaching, and outreach, as desired, as well as potential new international collaborative projects with the Cosmic Dawn Center in Copenhagen.

Minimum Qualifications:  Candidates are expected to have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely-related field by the start date.

Preferred Qualifications:The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated research portfolio, strong coding and analysis skills, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to promoting an inclusive community in astrophysics. Interest and/or experience in working with large space-based extragalactic datasets, including Hubble, Spitzer and/or Herschel photometry is preferred.

Appointment Terms: The start date is August 2, 2019 (with flexibility). The initial appointment is for one year, renewable for an additional two years contingent upon satisfactory performance, mutual agreement, and availability of funds.

To Apply: Please apply online at UConn Careers, (www.jobs.uconn.edu), Staff Positions (Search # 2019130). Please submit a curriculum vitae, publication list, cover letter, and research statement (flexible in length, about 2-4 pages). Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Prof. Kate Whitaker (kate.whitaker@uconn.edu). Questions about the position should also be directed to Prof. Kate Whitaker. Evaluation of applications will begin January 1, 2019, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2019188)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 15, 2019.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.


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Tenure-track faculty position in Astrophysics at UConn/CCA

University of Connecticut

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Physics

Assistant Professor in Astrophysics

The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track position in Astrophysics at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2019. This is an open search with a preference for expertise in data science, numerical simulations, computational methods, and/or large datasets/surveys. The first three years of the position are under a joint (50-50) appointment with the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute in New York City, where the appointee will hold the position of Associate Research Scientist or Research Scientist.  Applicants are expected to have a PhD in astrophysics or a closely-related field and to have established an independent program of research. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong commitment to effective teaching and promoting an inclusive community in astrophysics.

UConn is committed to building a strong astrophysics program, with the recent hire of three assistant professors in astrophysics, development of new astrophysics courses and a minor, and investment in the new Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) on the Subaru Telescope. The CCA is part of the Flatiron Institute in New York City, supported by the Simons Foundation, and is a focal point for computational astronomy in the region and around the world. Information on the CCA is available at https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron/center-for-computational-astrophysics/.

To apply, go to the full job posting at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12487. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2018.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. UConn is an AA/EEO employer and encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Open Search: Faculty position (APIR)

University of Connecticut

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Physics

Assistant Professor In-Residence (Storrs Campus)

The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut invites applications for positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in Residence with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2019. Two positions will be filled at the UConn Storrs campus. The Department of Physics is undergoing a significant change of teaching pedagogy in their introductory course sequences through the implementation of studio-based courses enabled by brand new state-of-the-art teaching facilities. We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for two teaching faculty positions in the Department of Physics.

Applicants are expected to have Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related field; the ability to teach a full range of courses at the undergraduate level and evidence of outstanding teaching. The successful candidates will be expected to share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate level and to the mentoring of students in their professional development.  Candidates will also share a commitment to the development and innovative improvement of physics courses under the framework of the department’s studio physics project.  

To apply, go to the full job posting at:
Review of application will begin January 1, 2019.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.