Undergraduate Lab Coordinator (UGL)

SCI Physics

Competition No.  -    S107844427
Posting Date  -    Jan 11, 2021
Closing Date  -    Jan 29, 2021
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $58,675 to $81,208 per year
Grade  -    10
Hours  -    35

This competition is restricted to internal candidates.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits.

The Department of Physics seeks an energetic and organized person who is committed to high-quality undergraduate education to serve as an Undergraduate Laboratories Coordinator.  Reporting to the UGL academic director, the Undergraduate Laboratories Coordinator will coordinate and provide frontline teaching support for junior and senior undergraduate laboratories by teaching undergraduate labs, supervising and training teaching assistants, coordinating and writing laboratory manuals and the laboratory classes, developing new online and in-person labs and new lab curricula, scheduling labs for approximately 5000 student registrations per year, assisting with grading labs, creating and monitoring eClass sections, checking for academic honesty, communicating with students, and keeping up to date with modern laboratory education theory.


  • Lab Coordinator for junior/senior undergraduate labs: In consultation with the academic director, provide technical support for junior and senior undergraduate labs, develop and maintain new pedagogical and experimental contents for undergraduate labs as needed. Manage schedule for lab spaces and TA duties.  Train and supervise the Graduate Teaching Assistants in these undergraduate laboratory classes.  Lead in person or online meetings to discuss experiments, grading, and demonstrating techniques, equipment, and software used in the laboratories.  Create and participate in new TA orientations (“bootcamps”) held by the department.  Monitor performance of Teaching Assistants.  Collect, collate and distribute the final laboratory grades provided by Teaching Assistants.
  • Create and maintain eClass courses.
  • Physics Educational and Outreach Activities: run quality control exercises in junior and senior lab courses.  Coordinate curriculum development with stakeholders.  Develop electronic learning material for undergraduate labs. Create/maintain electronic grade books for labs using course delivery software (e.g. Moodle) and participate in outreach events and initiatives (e.g. Open House).  Develop new in-person and “do it at home” labs.
  • Teaching and Marking: Teach undergraduate laboratory classes.   Prepare short lectures to explain equipment and procedures and highlight the theory required for the demonstrated experiments. Explain the evaluation of lab exercises.  Mark written laboratory reports in senior labs. Be available outside lab time to answer questions related to the lab.  Ensure Teaching Assistants are present and on time for labs (online or in-person).
  • Development of lab manuals: Proofread lab manuals and/or web based materials for selected classes.  Reorganize and revise manuals on a yearly basis and correct any errors found. Clarify wording of experiments as needed so students can better understand the manual.  Author new content as necessary. Forward completed manuals to academic director in a timely fashion.
  • Equipment set up:  Setup and troubleshoot equipment in junior and senior labs.  In consultation with other UGL technical staff, set out lab equipment for use by students in assigned rooms and remove and store equipment when the experiment is over.  For online labs, ensure online meeting setup for labs is done correctly and assist TAs.
  • Outreach:  Participate in UGL outreach activities.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree; MSc. in Experimental Physics or above is preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 years experience with experimental techniques and instrumentation in various fields of physics, including optics, low temperature physics, atomic physics and electronics.
  • A minimum of 2 years experience with general computer software including web page design, Google documents, surveys, and worksheets, and video recording and editing.
  • Proficiency in programming using software such as Python, Moodle, Latex
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with adults of all ages and of multicultural and multilingual backgrounds. 
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in collecting, collating and distributing a large amount of data.
  • Ability during the teaching term to work a schedule to accommodate the department’s evening lab schedule (11:00 am to 7:00 pm).

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.