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Physics Lab Specialist

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) seeks a Physics Lab Specialist to provide technical and related administrative support to the Physics Department’s research and instructional programs. This includes the Instructional Laboratories, Machine Shop, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Clean Room and Telescope Facilities. This position requires a self-motivated person possessing a variety of technical, managerial and administrative skills at the professional level. The Lab Specialist plays a crucial part in fulfilling the department’s mission of educating physics students and assisting faculty doing cutting edge research.  Responsibilities include:  supervising student lab assistants; insuring labs are setup; ordering equipment and supplies; repairing or arranging for repair of equipment; working with faculty in the design and implementation of experimental setups and demos; verifying users have necessary safety and machining skills to work in machine shop; serving as department’s inventory control coordinator and key control coordinator; using and maintaining documentation for department credit card for purchasing of supplies and equipment; fabricating parts for research and instructional laboratories; and  performing other duties as assigned.

Requires a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a Physical Science or Engineering discipline.  Must have at least two years of experience in technical work relating to the physical sciences with electronic and machining experience. Experience with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Telescope, Clean Room, and optics is desirable.  Note: Position will require a background check.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Position is full-time and includes a generous University benefits package.

For best consideration, submit email a single PDF file containing a letter of interest explaining ability to fulfill responsibilities, resume, and contact information for three references by September 16, 2014 (resumes will be accepted until the position is filled) to:

Paul S. Ciotta
Physics Department

Note: Only candidates for further consideration will be contacted.


Lecturer In Physics

The Department of Physics invites applications for the long-term, non-tenure track appointment of up to two positions at the rank of Lecturer beginning Spring or Fall 2015. Exceptionally well-qualified candidates with over 6 years of full-time teaching experience may be considered for appointment as Senior Lecturer. The successful candidates will teach, primarily, the non-calculus and calculus-based introductory physics courses offered by the department, including the honors sections. The successful candidates will supervise and train the teaching assistants assigned to these courses and manage the resources of the Physics Tutorial Center. They will also participate in curriculum development of these, and other, new introductory-level physics courses and will provide general departmental and university service. We especially seek candidates with an interest in research-based curricular materials and methods. Although not required, individuals with an interest in developing introductory physics courses for life scientists are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a closely-related field.

The nine-month salary will be competitive and can be supplemented with additional teaching in the summer program.

The Physics department currently consists of 19 tenure-track and 15 research faculty, over 45 graduate students and 150 majors. The department offers a BS in Physics, a BA in Physics for Secondary Education, an Astronomy minor, and both MS and Ph.D. degrees in Physics and in Atmospheric Physics. Research expenditures currently exceed $6M per year. (For more information see: UMBC is frequently cited as one of the country’s most innovative colleges and universities.

To apply, send an application letter, a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching experience and interests and the names and contact information of at least three references in a single PDF file to the Chair of the Search Committee at The selection process will begin September 15, 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the UMBC community. UMBC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.