Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$43,158 - $46,520/year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#121759 Laboratory Assistant

Extended Deadline: Fri 4/7/2023

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  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date: 3/10/23.


The laboratory of Professor Surko is focused on experimental research using positrons, the antiparticles of electrons. They conduct atomic and plasma physics research. They also conduct fluid dynamics research using magnetized electron plasmas. The research requires ultra-high vacuum techniques and the use of analog and digital electronics and mechanical systems. All experiments are computer controlled. Electronics are both commercial and specially built in Professor Surko's laboratories. The group does extensive data analysis using both commercial and special software which the group writes.

Under the general supervision of a project scientist and/or a post doc, the incumbent performs a variety of tasks including:

i) Prepare CAD/CAM plans using SolidWorks

ii) Modelling particle trajectories in electric and magnetic fields using COMSOL

iii) Assist in the general maintenance of the labs

iv) Data analysis using various software

v) Aids in the design and fabrication of vacuum chamber components and special electronic circuits

vi) Helps with cryogenic liquid transfers (liquid helium and nitrogen), as needed

vii) Investigates new equipment and materials specifications, including obtaining price quotes and ordering details, as needed

The incumbent will also be required to aid group members such as post-docs, students, and the project scientist in their research, which involves plasmas in electromagnetic traps and the detection of positron annihilation gamma rays.

  • Must be willing to handle and be around hazardous chemicals and radioactive materials.

  • Must be willing and able to work with and around cryogenic liquids.

  • Must be willing and able to work around high-voltage instruments.

  • Must be willing to work occasional evenings or weekends as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics or Engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience with and understanding of laboratory equipment.

  • Skill and knowledge to maintain an organized lab, stocks and orders of essential supplies, and ensuring that lab equipment is running efficiently.

  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Proficient with modern Windows OS and the willingness and ability to increase programming skills and knowledge, as necessary.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, and patience in dealing with students, faculty, and staff.

  • Proficiency in mathematics and physics at the bachelor’s degree level.


  • Background Check required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $43,159 - $50,738 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $20.67 - $24.30

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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