Demonstrating Opportunities

Demonstrating in the Oxford Physics teaching labs for the academic year 2021-2022

The Oxford Physics teaching laboratories are now recruiting demonstrators for the next academic year. Demonstrating can be a valuable opportunity to gain teaching skills, learn some new physics and make useful contacts, all whilst earning a bit of extra cash (currently £14.71/hr). Note there’s not only lab-work but also Matlab and Python in our Computing and Data Analysis classes. If the teaching labs are new to you, more information can be found at https://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/study/undergraduates/what-expect and https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/students/postgraduates/teaching-opportunit... .

Lab hours are usually 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, although this can vary depending on the specific lab. The typical commitment is 3-3.5 hours (1 shift) per week, but more is usually possible. You must have the legal right to work in the UK and this will be checked by HR before you start work. If you are a graduate student, please check with your supervisor that they are happy for to you to demonstrate before signing up. We ask people to commit to demonstrating in a specific lab for the entire academic year if possible.

All new demonstrators for 2021 must attend some compulsory (paid) training:
a) two half days of lectures on the mornings of 28th and 29th September 2021 (Preparing for Learning and Teaching at Oxford or PLTO)
b) training on the experiments in the Physics Department on 29th September and before term starts (week -1 and week 0). We expect you to put in 2 full days of training before the start of term (11th October).
The above training is compulsory and if you cannot attend these sessions you will not be able to demonstrate. Given the current global situation it is possible that a) will happen remotely or using pre-recorded lectures. Certain labs will also run b) remotely. You will be paid to attend the PLTO and for time spent training on the experiments.

The exact arrangements for teaching laboratories in the coming academic year, including the weeks and times when labs are open, is subject to change, depending on the government and university advice at the time. We hope that most labs will operate in-person but some labs may be online only or a mixture of online and in-person demonstrating. All necessary safeguards to protect both demonstrators and students will be in place for any in-person work.

If you are interested and can commit to the training required, please sign up at the Google form here:
https://forms.gle/u7dhtMXhjt5qqogu9

Please be as flexible as possible, as the number of new people needed for each lab is not settled yet. The allocation will be on an approximately first come, first served basis accommodating everyone's choices and lab needs as much as possible. I would appreciate it if you could sign up before 1st September, but the form will remain open until all vacancies are filled. You don't have to be in the Physics Department to demonstrate, so please forward this to anybody else you know who may be interested.

If you have any queries about demonstrating please do get in touch with me at jenny.barnes@physics.ox.ac.uk.