Coordinator of Undergraduate Laboratories
Department of Physics


Develops, directs, coordinates, and teaches introductory laboratories for the Physics Department.


Curriculum development in laboratory based courses (PHYS 140, 150, 160, 270, 383)

  • Develop new laboratory experiments
  • Write and update lab manuals in consultation with the faculty
  • Develop pre-lab lectures
  • Develop grading schemes
  • Long-term goal is to help advance the curriculum to reflect modern offerings

Teach up to eight laboratory sections in PHYS 140, 150 and 160 (and occasionally other labs) per year (typically four labs per week per semester)

  • Grade laboratory reports and submit grades to lecture instructor by the assigned deadline (final lab grades should be reported by one week after the due date for the last lab)
  • Hold at least four weekly office hours on campus
  • Maintain an introductory laboratory budget in consultation with the department chair.
  • Maintain departmental laboratory safety plans.

Hold regular hours on campus Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (due to nature of a staff position). Hours may vary when morning or evening labs are taught, or as negotiated with the Chair.

Undergo annual reviews

  • Maintain record of professional development (e.g., instrumentation training, conference attendance)
  • Write and submit annual reports to the Provost and Department Chair
  • Annual staff performance review

Shared responsibilities (will include but not limited to)

  • During busy times of the semester, may need to assist physics technician with lab set-up
  • Carrying out other instructional or academic duties as may be assigned by the Provost or the Chair of the Department, such as co-coordinating the Physics Teaching Fellow


M.S. in Physics or related field; Ph.D. desirable. Excellent communication skills (oral and written), ability to manage undergraduate teaching assistants; commitment to safe laboratory practices; prior lab and lecture teaching experience is preferable.


This is a full-time, 10-month, benefits-eligible, administrative salaried/exempt position. Normal campus office hours of work are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This position description is not all-inclusive as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a detailed cover letter, resume and names with contact information for three references to:

Office of Human Resources
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
email: ferran@hws.edu

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution located in a small, diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,200, the Colleges offer 62 majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.