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Lab Coordinator: Physics and Computer Science

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Author ahnationtalk
Date March 7, 2019
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Biotech / Science
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Posting ID : 10211
Apply By : 3/14/2019
Position Title : Lab Coordinator: Physics and Computer Science
Department : Physics and Computing
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Department Chair, Physics and Computer Science and the SAO, Faculty of Science
Position Summary : Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for

academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Lab Coordinator: Computer Science.

Under the direction of the Departmental Chair for Physics and Computer Science, The Computer Science Lab Instructor is responsible for lab-based instruction in computing science, and for providing technical and professional computing support within the Department of Physics and Computer Science. They develop laboratory content, are responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of labs in computing science, and ensure that the labs’ outcomes contribute to the educational goals of the Department.  The Lab Instructor is responsible for creating, evaluating, and revising experiments, manuals, and other materials used in the labs, and for training and supervising student teaching assistants. They act as a resource for students in computing. The Lab Instructor works in conjunction with faculty members concerning course and lab content to ensure that learning outcomes of computer science courses are met.

This position has a university-wide mandate and is based at the Waterloo Campus. The normal hours of work fall between 8:30 am to 10:30 pm, Monday to Friday.  Flexibility in hours will be required, including evening and/or weekend work due to changing lab schedules.  The departmental chair will adjust the work schedule so that no more than 35 hours are worked in a week, and schedule will be set on a semester basis.

Accountabilities :
  • In consultation with course instructors, designs and prepares
  • materials for computer science labs and tutorials, in-lab and tutorial instruction, lab manuals and documentation, quizzes, and exams; routinely reviews and updates these materials;
  • Ensures the labs’ smooth and efficient operation; including trouble shooting of computer equipment and software issues to ensure that labs are prepared, delivered, and administered each week; adapts lab requirements as necessary due to unforeseen circumstances in the lab;
  • Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates the performance of student instructional assistants and markers; makes recommendations to the Department Chair regarding the number of instructional assistants and markers required for relevant labs;
  • Instructs lab and tutorial sessions, including a review of theory/background information;
  • Manages marks and records of student participation for the lab/tutorial component of each course;
  • Tutors students individually and in groups, as needed, during regularly scheduled office hours;
  • Supports students in the development of professional work habits and efficient use of finite resources; pedagogical objectives include improving student skill in tackling problems, relating and working with peers, time management, choosing efficient learning techniques, and structured approaches;
  • Establishes marking methods for lab/tutorial exercises and exams; evaluates methods and results to assure uniform and fair practices;
  • tests, evaluates, and sets up software and hardware that may be used in the labs; makes recommendations for software and equipment purchases required to create or update experiments; ensures that non-working equipment or software is repaired or replaced;

In conjunction with other Lab Coordinators for Computer Science this position will assist with the hiring, training and supervision of approximately 30 Instructional Assistants.

Qualifications :
  • Minimum 1 year previous employment with directly related
  • experience in a university or college setting;
  • Advanced keyboarding skills required;
  • Masters’ Degree in Computer Science;
  • Ability to adapt to the rapid evolution of computing course material;
  • Currency in software languages, development tools and techniques;
  • Skill in software development, documentation, archiving, and maintenance;
  • Ability to meet the hands-on learning needs of junior computing students, including adapting instructional tools to meet these needs;
  • Pedagogical skill in optimizing the operation and educational value of formal computing labs;
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including technical writing;
  • Well-developed team management, organizational, and leadership skills; exceptional attention to detail
Grade : WLUSA-10
Salary : $38.67 – $45.52
Salary Notes :

This is a full-time, continuing position.

This position is not eligible for educational equivalencies.

Please Note : This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors. 

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Employment Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or


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