Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Instructional Support Technician
Department: CSM-Physics (115500)
College/Division: CSM-College of Science & Math
Salary Range: $3,748 - $6,082 per month
***THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED***
The Physics Department is a major academic unit within the College of Science and Mathematics. The Department offers two degrees, the Physics BS and the Physics BA, and minors in Astronomy, Geology and Physics. It also offers courses in Astronomy, Geology, Physics, and Physical Science. The courses satisfy Physics requirements for other academic majors and meet general education and breadth requirements for Cal Poly's entire student population. Annually the Physics Department offers over 7000 seats in these service courses and most have an associated laboratory. Currently, the Department has an enrollment of approximately 180 majoring undergraduate students. The Department is comprised of a rotating Chair, 21 tenured faculty, 11 tenure-track faculty, 15 full-time lecturers, a few part-time faculty, 5 volunteers, 3 technical support staff, and 2 administrative support staff.
The primary function of the Instructional Support Technician II is to provide technical and advisory support for physics laboratory courses and student/faculty research projects and assist with demonstration equipment.
Under general supervision, the incumbent of this Instructional Support Technician II position with independent application of knowledge and experience, prepares laboratories for instruction, including equipment installation, maintenance, minor repair, and modification, in all cases employing a comprehensive knowledge of both scientific and technical principles.
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Minimum Qualifications (Staff Only):
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Three years experience providing instructional support services in a related discipline, acting as a student assistant, or in producing materials or supplies related to the discipline (two years of college with 16 semester units in courses in the related specialty area discipline may be substituted for one year of required experience OR four years of college with 16 semester units in courses in the related specialty area discipline may be substituted for two years of required experience).
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, DEGREES, CREDENTIALS: Possession of a valid driver license or the ability to obtain by date of hire.
Knowledge of the principles of performing support services.
Extensive knowledge of the discipline of physics with a comprehensive understanding of the laboratory techniques, methods, and suitability of materials for related instructional needs.
Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of physics and applications as related to the curriculum.
Ability to exercise knowledge and judgment related to the discipline in evaluating kinds or qualities of materials and equipment.
Must have knowledge of (or ability to learn) proper acquisition, handling, storage, and disposal of radioactive sources, compressed gases, chemicals, and cryogenic fluids.
Strong ability to operate and perform routine troubleshooting and maintenance of scientific equipment.
Ability to use and provide maintenance and calibration of analytical instruments.
Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.
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 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.
Ability to interpret, communicate and apply policies and procedures.
Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
Excellent computer skills (Mac and PC) and proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, on-line systems, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.
Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure, policies and procedures.
Experience providing instructional support services in physics.
Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.
Knowledge or experience with the Laboratory Standard, Cal Poly Chemical Hygiene Plan, and related CALOSHA requirements for laboratories using hazardous materials (29 CFR 1910).
Knowledge or experience with state and federal regulations governing Radiation Safety.
Ability to do wood and metal working in support of courses and student projects.
Undergraduate degree in physics or closely related field.
Ability to provide technical assistance for astronomical equipment.
***THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED***
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work overtime, occasional holidays, and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Work hours must correspond closely with hours during which labs are scheduled. In order to provide the labs with appropriate set up occasionally some work must be performed outside normal working hours.
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
No eating, drinking or smoking in the work area.
Ability to move and position bulky items (40+ pounds) including gas cylinders, radiation shielding, optical benches, etc.
This position classification has been defined as "Non-exempt" and is subject to overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Retired CalPERS members selected for this vacancy must request and be approved for reinstatement from retirement prior to the start date. Employment of retired CalPERS members will typically be for 90 days or less and must be for work requiring specialized skills or for a bona fide emergency to prevent stoppage of business.
May be required to complete a Supplemental Employment Application Questionnaire, which contains questions pertaining to conviction history, and submit it when requested by Cal Poly. This disclosure is confidential and will not necessarily preclude applicants from employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.
Review Begin Date: 03-17-2017
Requisition Number: 104337
To Apply: All applicants must apply online at: https://www.calpolyjobs.org.
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university. Founded in 1901, the 6,000-acre campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, along California's scenic central coast and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With a budget of $168.5 million, the university has a student enrollment exceeding 17,000 students and employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff members. Cal Poly is part of the 23-campus California State University system.
At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.
Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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