Technician for Physics and the Natural Sciences

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, April 9, 2021
Archive Date: 
Friday, May 7, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Department Name: 
New York
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

TECHNICIAN for Physics and the Natural Sciences

SUMMARY: Provide technical support to the Physics Department and other departments in the Natural Sciences Division.  The allocation of time will be 70% to the Physics Department and 30% to the other departments.


  • Managing, maintaining, and repairing equipment in the Physics and Natural Science departments;
  • Supporting the Physics and Natural Science departments in the construction of apparatus for departmental teaching and research activities, contributing to design where appropriate;
  • Supervising the divisional machine shop, including maintaining the shop in a safe and well-organized state with the machines and tools kept in good operating order and training and assisting faculty, staff, and students in the safe use of the shop for departmental activities;
  • Setting up of laboratory experiments for the Physics Department;
  • Maintaining the Physics Department demonstration room and setting up of classroom demonstrations for the Physics Department;
  • Maintaining an inventory of the Physics Department equipment and tools;
  • Overseeing the growth and development of the shop, including the acquisition of tools reflecting more newly developed technologies.


  • Formal training and/or practical experience in general machine shop practice, including the ability to operate and maintain various types of mechanical, electrical and electronic, optical, and vacuum equipment;
  • An ability to effectively and efficiently diagnose and repair or make recommendations regarding faulty equipment;
  • An ability to work well with others to provide training and assistance in basic equipment operation and to assist in the design and building of apparatus for teaching and research;
  • Good organizational and time management skills are essential;
  • Experience with computers and computer software for general office work and bookkeeping and for data acquisition from scientific equipment;
  • Reasonable problem solving skills and a knowledge of basic physics is desirable;
  • Experience with or a willingness and ability to learn additional machine shop skills.
Included Benefits: 

This is a full-time, 12-month, benefits-eligible, non-union hourly position.   Details about benefits are found here:

Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 7, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Leslie Hebb
Physics Department Chair
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Leslie Hebb