Technician IV
University of British Columbia
Kelowna, BC
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Job ID:

Kelowna - UBC Okanagan

Employment Group:
BCGEU UBC-Okanagan

Job Category:
BCGEU OK Research/Technical

Classification Title:
Technician IV

Business Title:
Technician IV



$25.46 (Hourly)

Full/Part Time:

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Funding Type:
Budget Funded

BCGEU (UBCO) - Auxiliary

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Job Summary
The Laboratory Coordinator (Lab Coordinator) assists with the coordination of the lab sections to ensure consistency and quality. The Lab Coordinator works collaboratively with faculty, sessional lecturers, and teaching assistants to enhance and promote the quality of instruction and the pedagogy of the laboratory. The role requires proficient knowledge and working experience in disciplines covered by the position. The Lab Coordinator assists the Physics Lab Manager in the daily operations of assigned lab sections and oversees the daily operations of assigned mathematics and computer science labs.
Organizational Status
The Lab Coordinator works collaboratively with faculty and with the Physics Lab Manager. S/he reports directly to the Department Head of the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. S/he will also report indirectly to the Physics Lab Manager concerning the Physics lab responsibilities.
Work Performed

1. Provides assistance in the Physics labs by:
Prepares laboratory materials. These responsibilities include:
  • Consulting with the appropriate lab manager, laboratory instructors and other technologists.
  • Setting up equipment for students and instructors weekly during week days over both winter and summer terms and putting equipment in their proper places upon completion of the labs for first and the second-year physics labs.
  • Performing technical duties related to the Physics laboratory activities, including giving Teaching Assistant (TA) meetings, TA preview sessions, and technical assistance. (When no teaching labs are running, performing servicing and maintaining test equipment per established maintenance schedules and manufactures specifications, building or fabricating lab experiments as needed).
  • Assisting with preparation and/or lab cleanup for physics lecture demonstrations as appropriate.
Participates in and contributes to the upkeep of the Physics Laboratories by:
  • Assisting instructors regarding laboratory procedures, location and use of materials, and the operation of equipment.
  • Performing general cleaning in the Physics laboratories.
  • Performing maintenance or repairs of equipment in the Physics laboratories
  • Assisting the annual inventory.
  • Distributing laboratory equipment and materials in the Physics laboratories.
Participates in and contributes to a safe environment in the Physics Laboratories by:
  • Keeping current with safety regulations.
  • Explaining safety procedures to individuals using the laboratories.
  • Obtaining Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training.
2. Provides assistance in Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science and Computer Science teaching labs by:

  • Facilitating lab assignments and projects according to directions provided by the course instructor(s).
  • Overseeing the labs to ensure congruency in delivery.
  • Assisting the Department Head with the hiring, training and managing of graduate and undergraduate TAs and Markers.
  • Communicating with TAs and providing them with all necessary materials for the lab course (TA manual, lab manual, presentations, lab assignments, marking keys, etc.).
  • Organizing regular meetings (e.g. weekly or biweekly) with TAs to ensure that TAs understand and are able to guide students through all lab procedures and use of any equipment.
  • Providing administrative and technical support to TAs.
  • Facilitating quality control of the administration of course grades.
  • Communicating with students by providing announcements, supplemental materials and grades online and/or by email.
  • Reporting concerns about the labs, staff or students to the Instructor(s) or the Department Head as appropriate.
3. Performing other related duties as required.
Supervision Received
The position operates under the academic direction of the instructional faculty and Physics Laboratory Manager and administrative direction of the Department Head.
Supervision Given
The Lab Coordinator will supervise approximately 30 Teaching Assistants and Markers (all year). This includes monitoring and assigning work, training and providing input into hiring but not responsible for hiring decisions or appraisal of work.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Errors in judgment may result in the inefficient use of resources, and may damage the image and reputation of the University and the Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics Department.
Undergraduate degree in Physics is required. Having a strong background in Mathematics as well is preferred. . Minimum of four years' experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to exercise initiative, judgment and confidentiality, multitask and prioritize work to meet deadlines. Verbal and written fluency with English are required for this position. Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Experience with Python, Java and MATLAB software programs is an asset. Occasionally required to lift 35 pounds. Position requires incumbent to walk/stand approximately 25% of the day.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.