Laboratory Technician

The College of New Jersey - Ewing, NJ4.3


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The Department of Physics at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites outstanding applications for a Laboratory Technician position. This is a full-time, 12-month staff position that provides professional-level technical support for the Physics Department and has an anticipated start date of November or December 2018.


  • Reporting to the Department Chair, the Laboratory Technician will support the academic program of the Physics Department. The primary duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Prepares materials for teaching laboratories, including lab set-ups and break-downs.
  • Conducts maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment and coordinates maintenance with other College offices or outside vendors when necessary.
  • Maintains and coordinates inventories/logs of supplies and scientific equipment.
  • Works with faculty and students to assess existing and future instrumentation and supply needs.
  • Supervises student laboratory assistants.
  • Ensures adherence to safety standards and provides safety training to faculty, students, and staff.
  • Supervises and maintains the machine shop.
  • Develops and implements training for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Maintains essential records and files.
  • Addresses laboratory space issues by contacting Facilities and following up as necessary.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with other staff and faculty members, offices, and/or organizations whose functions impact on assigned responsibilities.
  • Prepares analytical reports.
  • Participates in departmental and school committee meetings and activities.
  • Performs other duties that may be assigned.

Education and Experience

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of relevant experience in education, higher education, or other field related to the functions of the position, or a Master's Degree. Applicants who do not possess the required education may substitute experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications for the position and personal attributes desired in the successful candidate include:

  • Ability to independently organize and prioritize assigned work, analyze problems, and develop appropriate work methods, including the initiative to independently start and complete job tasks.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task and handle several different duties within a short period of time.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques essential to perform the responsibilities of the position, and the flexibility to learn new skills as different duties arise in the future.
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to prepare clear, technically sound, accurate, and informative reports and correspondence containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Ability to use computers and computer software with ease (including Microsoft applications, web-based tools, and databases) and the ability and flexibility to learn new skills as different needs arise.
  • Good manual dexterity, with the ability to repair laboratory equipment, manipulate hand tools, and use power tools.
  • Good physical agility and coordination, including the ability to lift and move equipment (up to 50 lbs).
  • Experience in higher education or other types of academic institutions.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member. At times, the work is fast-paced, sometimes with long hours and with tight deadlines. The position requires an individual who can handle this type of high-intensity work environment, and, at the same time, who can work in a collegial and calm manner, while maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a good sense of humor, with the ability to work with a broad range of individuals, groups, and personality types.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following:

  • A current cover letter highlighting interests and qualifications for the position,
  • A current resume, and
  • A list of 3-5 current references (names, position titles, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses).

All materials should be uploaded and submitted onto the online application ( Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and prescription plans, as well as well as retirement, sick and vacation leave, and tuition savings programs. This position is a New Jersey Civil Service position and carries the state title Professional Services Specialist 3A. It is included for membership in the Communication Workers of America (CWA) bargaining unit. Permanent appointment to this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a 4-month probationary period to access the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

About the Physics Department

The TCNJ Physics Department has a distinctive commitment to excellence and the individual attention given to our undergraduate students. The Physics Department includes a community of approximately 100 undergraduate student majors, ten tenured or tenure-track faculty members, and two full-time staff members. The department is housed in a modern STEM complex that offers state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and instrumentation, including a new 0.7 m telescope, a 48-seat planetarium, new research-grade SEM and AFM facilities, and a new high-performance computing cluster.

Physics faculty members are teacher-scholars who are dedicated to excellence in teaching and are deeply engaged in the production and dissemination of new knowledge. All faculty members have active research programs that integrate undergraduate student collaborators at all stages, including student presentations at national conferences and student co-authors on peer-reviewed papers. Our faculty and students conduct research in a variety of fields including materials science, optics, plasma physics, atmospheric science, biophysics, physics education, astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology.

TCNJ’s Physics Department is recognized annually by the American Institute of Physics as one of the top producers of physics majors in the United States. The most recent report of the American Institute of Physics ranks TCNJ’s Physics Department in the top 2% nationally for physics graduates among 496 non-PhD granting institutions in the U.S., and in the top 8% nationally among all 751 PhD and non-PhD granting institutions in U.S. Moreover, TCNJ's Physics Department ranks among the top in the nation in the percentage of its graduates who have gone on to complete doctoral degrees, according to the National Science Foundation.

Teacher education represents an important part of the TCNJ Physics Department’s mission as well, and TCNJ is consistently among the national leaders in number of new physics teachers certified to teach at the secondary level (high school). In fact, TCNJ Physics has ranked as high as 2nd nationally by number of physics teacher certifications among all U.S. college and university physics departments.

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About TCNJ

Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective public primarily undergraduate institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for our nearly 6,500 undergraduate students, 30% of whom are self-described as members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academe and STEM. Students benefit from a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 21 students, which has led to TCNJ attaining a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94% and a graduation rate of 86%. TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty and deep engagement of our undergraduates in research. TCNJ was awarded the inaugural “Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment” from the Council on Undergraduate Research in 2015. In part because of TCNJ’s intentional and comprehensive integration of research into our undergraduate curricula and institutional culture, an increasing number of TCNJ graduates have pursued and completed doctoral degrees over the past ten years. TCNJ was awarded, in 2006, a Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ’s seven schools—Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. TCNJ is located within an hour, by train, of New York City and Philadelphia. The College’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty.

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To enrich education through diversity, TCNJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TCNJ has a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to achieve diversity among faculty and staff. We strongly encourage a host of diverse, intersectional populations and cultures to apply including, but not limited to, identities based on race, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and veteran status.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $53,000.00 /year


  • education, higher education, or related field: 2 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)