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Physics Technician

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Work type: Staff
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services

Division of Academic Affairs/Physics

Instructional Support Technician I


Organize and update the inventory for the Physics labs, and prepare these labs for student use each week. Maintain and update library of vendor catalogs, equipment manuals and maintenance records, handbooks and other publications. Order needed parts and maintains budget and purchase records. Provide support for various items of instructional equipment used in the Physics program. Provide assistance as needed in computer labs. Order laboratory equipment and supplies, schedule equipment utilization and write specifications for new equipment. Seek sources of hard to find or unique equipment and supplies. Be a resource for department faculty in laboratory and demonstration equipment. Assist faculty or students in independent use of equipment and in development of physics education resources. Assist faculty, students, and other technical staff in proper operation of new instruments. Provide support for various items of instructional equipment used in the sciences. Provide assistance as needed in computer labs. Coordinate and consult with IT concerning the operation of equipment and systems in science facilities and coordinate upgrading of hardware and software as necessary.

Plan for and provide a list of appropriate equipment and supplies for a basic, functional electronics lab and for its subsequent growth and maintenance. Work with department support staff to maintain a current prioritized list of instructional laboratory equipment needs in physics, physical science, and astronomy to facilitate future purchasing if current funding is not available.

Test, repair, modify, and calibrate scientific laboratory electronic and electro-mechanical equipment in the Physics laboratories. Perform periodic preventative maintenance as necessary. Set up and operate basic to complex electronic equipment and instrumentation such as computers and peripherals, data acquisition hardware and software, electronic imaging, spectrophotometers, fluorescence microscopes, robotic autosamplers, power supplies, amplifiers, telescopes, etc. When deemed necessary, arrange for return of devices to manufacturer or other repair facility or for a field engineer to come to the campus for onsite repair.

Maintain inventory of required safety equipment such as gloves, respirators, eye and ear protection, for use by students, staff, and faculty. Maintain a current file of required student/staff/faculty signed safety notification sheets, equipment standard operating procedures, material safety data sheets, and any other documentation required by the University and/or applicable governmental agencies.

Perform laboratory self-audits and maintain safety records and SOPs.

Other duties as assigned.


Equivalent to two years of technical training in electronics, electrical engineering, or physics or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Skilled and knowledgeable in electronic/electro-mechanical components, construction, and soldering techniques. Skilled in debugging and troubleshooting electronic instruments using schematic diagrams and manuals, oscilloscopes, multimeters, signal generators, computer-based test devices and other test instrumentation.

Able to communicate effectively with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Excellent interpersonal skills. Capable of interacting positively with students, faculty, administrators, non-technical staff and vendor representatives. Ability to work independently and adaptable to new situations.

Physical Demands: Frequent/Continuous reaching within arm’s distance, frequent sitting in office chair, up to 5-7 hours at a time. Occasional lifting/carrying of up to 10 pounds at waist level within office area, continuous use of hands to operate telephone, computer systems, filing and writing activities, occasional reaching at or above waist and shoulder level, occasional bending and/or stooping at the waist, continuous use of hands for grasping, fine manipulation and ability to stand/walk up to 20 minutes at a time, over uneven terrain, and up slopes.

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.

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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

Hiring Range:  $3,565 - $4,150 per month

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