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Lecture Demonstration Specialist - Physics

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, Illinois
Lecture Demonstration Specialist Department of Physics The Grainger College of Engineering University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Physics at The Grainger College of Engineering seeks applicants for the position of Lecture Demonstration Specialist. Reporting to Associate Head of Undergraduate Studies, the Lecture Demonstration Specialist will setup in-class demonstrations to provide visual understanding of lecture concepts for Physics 1xx and 2xx introductory courses. The position will provide guidance and technical assistance to the teaching faculty and staff in the proper use of instructional resources and the operation of lecture demonstration equipment, including but not limited to chemicals, cryogenics, lasers, electrical circuitry, and heating elements, for use in Physics lectures and special events.

Duties & Responsibilities

Undergraduate Physics Lectures:
  • Review faculty demonstration requests - review for availability of materials used in demonstration, space and time for setup if portable or require long/large setup, offer alternatives from database if newer demonstrations available, fit into lecture space, or if alternative demonstration is considered to be stronger representation for concept. Review to see if there are alterations can be made to make demonstration more portable/compact, if there are better alternatives for visual/sound representation for students who may need additional accessibility.
  • Set up lecture demonstration. Measure, test, perform, and reset demonstration for class before lecture begins. Speak with lecturer, show how to trigger the demonstration, check for any questions. Be sure to go over safety concerns and dangers when dealing with electricity, cryogenic materials, etc., ensure faculty are comfortable with performing the demonstration as it has been setup. Make any adjustments requested. Remain in classroom to assist as needed.
  • Receive faculty requests for lecture demonstrations for classes. Confirm with faculty demonstration schedule.
  • Set up audio-visual equipment as requested by lecturer, including cameras, computers, and microphones. Provide technical assistance as needed during lecture. Due to size of lecture halls, cameras are needed to ensure all students can see demonstrations.
  • Schedule student workers, train as needed if new or if unfamiliar equipment will be used in upcoming demonstrations for ease of setup and speed.
  • Maintain, upgrade, organize, and stock equipment and supplies for the existing lecture demonstrations, including oscilloscopes, voltmeters, etc.
  • Develop, construct, test, and implement new lecture demonstrations both independently and in collaboration with the teaching faculty and select new demonstrations for purchase.
  • Maintain a comprehensive web-accessible database for all the lecture demonstrations. Review database to remove outdated demonstrations, demonstrations that do not provide consistent results, obsolete ways of presenting material, equipment no longer in use or viable. Organize demonstrations based on usage, size, portability, and time for setup/teardown.
  • Maintain, upgrade, and select audio-visual equipment for the Physics lecture rooms and classrooms. Develop, construct, test, and implement new lecture demonstrations both independently and in collaboration with the teaching faculty and select new demonstrations for purchase.
  • Provide guidance, technical assistance and equipment loans to the students participating in the Engineering Open House and the Physics Van.
  • Keeping in mind the priorities of the introductory Physics courses, provide guidance, technical assistance and equipment loans to University Faculty, students, and staff for their lectures, students projects, outreach activities, and outside events.
  • Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in Physics or related scientific field. Demonstrated Physics and/or Engineering Lab experience.

Preferred Qualifications
Two or more years of experience setting up and operating a wide variety of laboratory equipment is preferred. Training in chemical, laser, radiation, cryogenics, and electrical safety.

The Lecture Demonstration Specialist position is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by August 8, 2022 Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Stephanie Swearingen,

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Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1009322

Job Category: Education & Student Services

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