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Laboratory Coordinator/Machinist
University of Kansas

Date Posted Oct. 4, 2022
Title Laboratory Coordinator/Machinist
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department Department of Physics and Astronomy
Application Deadline Nov. 7, 2023
Position Start Date Dec. 5, 2023
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Planetary Sciences
    Physics - Elementary Particles/Nuclear
    Physics - Condensed Matter/Low Temperature
    Physics - Atomic/Molecular/Optical/Plasma
    Physics - General
    Astronomy and Astrophysics

The University of Kansas, Department of Physics & Astronomy seeks applications for a Laboratory Coordinator/Machinist in its Machine Shop. The expected start date is December 5, 2022. This is highly skilled work in the design and fabrication of equipment and apparatus requiring precision, accuracy, and adherence to very close tolerances. Work requires the use of manual machines such as mills, lathes, band saws, grinders and the programming/setup/operation of CNC mills and a CNC lathe. Tasks include welding and sheet metal work. Incumbent will be expected to perform fine tolerance precision work from oral or written instructions, pencil sketches, blueprints and models and apply creatively inventive techniques for specialized departmental problems. Experience with AutoCAD and CAD/CAM software is helpful. The hired candidate should have some appreciation of the science goals of the projects being supported in the Physics and Astronomy Department and also understand that their creative input is crucial to achieving those science goals.

Required qualifications include: High School/GED and five years’ related experience; three years’ experience operating and maintaining high precision scientific instrumentation; six months’ experience in machine tool technology or certification from an accredited technical school; two years’ experience or education which demonstrated knowledge of mechanical drawing, CNC programming, CAD design (e.g. AutoCAD/Inventor). Candidates with relevant interests and experience are requested. For a complete position announcement and to apply on-line, please visit A complete electronic application will include a resume, a cover letter, and a list of three (3) references. Review of applications begins on November 7, 2022 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified. Inquiries can be made by emailing

  • The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses)

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Contact Information

  • Kristin Rennells
    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Kansas
    1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
    Room 1082, Malott Hall
    Lawrence, KS 66045
  • 785-864-4626
  • 785-864-5262


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