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Lab Demonstrator

Date: March 22, 2016
Reports to (Job Title): Instructor
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Physics and Astronomy


Waterloo campus - PHY


35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The lab demonstrator position is directly involved with all aspects of laboratory course setup, instruction and assessment.  Responsibilities include setting up lab equipment, lab teaching, report marking and exam grading, as well as  supervision of graduate TA’s

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Direct involvement in laboratory instruction and evaluation of students in a wide range of undergraduate lab courses offered within the department of Phyiscs and Astronomy.   




2.  Performs the assembly, testing, dis-assembly and storage of undergraduate laboratory equipment.




3.  Supervise graduate TAs assigned to teach in undergraduate lab courses.

Position Requirements


BSc Physics or Astronomy


Teaching experience.  Organizational experience. Technical writing.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Proficient Proficient Proficient LabVIEW

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Requires above average communication and presentation skills in both oral and written formats when interacting with both internal and external contacts.

Level of Responsibility:

The job has specialized work with minimal supervision and has direct reports reporting to it.

Decision-Making Authority:

The position requires making decsions as to the academic integrity and the report grades assigned  to undergraduate student submissions, as well as the overall final student evaluation for any lab course to which the demonstrator is assigned.  Authority will defer to the Instructor, or the department chair in any unresolved or contested circumstances.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

The candidate will be required to do some moderate lifting  The position also reqires a moderate amount of walking and standing.

Working Environment:

The work is teaching laboratory and office based, with a possiblility of exposure to interactions with people who are upset or angry.  There is occasional work in environments with hazardous substances (Chemicals, radioisotopes, compressed gases, cryogenic fluids,  x-rays).