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The Department of Chemistry has an outstanding opportunity for a Scientific Instructional Technician 1
to support the undergraduate scientific instructional programs; coordinate the activities of the Chemistry Undergraduate Storeroom and provide professional and technical support for a variety of courses requiring a broad knowledge of chemistry.
Under general direction of the Director of Undergraduate Services, coordinate day-to-day instructional support activities for the undergraduate instructional laboratory program in chemistry. Oversee the operation of the Chemistry Undergraduate Storeroom (e.g., staffing, scheduling, training, and supervision of student hourly employees; maintaining inventory and budgets).
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
Provide technical support for the chemistry undergraduate instructional laboratory program by way of the following tasks:
• Maintain the Undergraduate Storeroom in an orderly fashion, in such a way as to allow timely retrieval of storeroom items in routine use by Undergraduate Services and instructional staff. Maintain an inventory of items appropriate for routine use. Order storeroom chemicals, supplies, and equipment necessary for laboratory experiments within allotted budgets.
• Coordinate storeroom inventory activities with the Director of Undergraduate Services and/or Purchasing & Accounting staff.
• Set-up, maintain, and clean laboratory equipment, including computers, used by students in the lab. Work with instructional technicians to stock and label lab drawers.
• Contact laboratory technicians when problems arise in labs with the equipment or chemicals in use. Recognize and assess laboratory or facility mechanical failures. Promptly report and/or request repairs using established departmental procedures.
• Constructively interact with faculty and administrators on the management of storeroom materials (e.g., course supplies, handouts, laboratory manuals) and regarding any storeroom-related issues.
• Oversee the student employees in the Undergraduate Storeroom. Interview, recommend/hire, train, schedule and supervise hourly student helpers.
• Advise students on the handling and cleaning of glassware and equipment. Manage student breakage/replacement of equipment or glassware.
• Distribute glassware, locks, and any other needed equipment purchased by students. Serve as cashier for student purchases at the storeroom. Keep records on student checkout of items, and on breakage. Send out reminders to students of fines, and invoice for fines. Manage student accounts and place or release holds based on the status of student accounts.
• Manage student issues, including rescheduling students for excused and unexcused absences from labs into other sections when possible/appropriate. Work with the Director of Undergraduate Services to address student issues as appropriate.
• Orient and instruct TAs regarding the proper procedures for working with the storeroom during undergraduate laboratory instruction.
• Post information relating to the laboratories inside the labs and in the hallways where appropriate.
• Be available to assist students in the laboratory if the TA is unable to provide assistance (e.g., difficulty with laboratory equipment).
• Monitor laboratory safety practices used by students and TAs (as viewed from the storeroom) and provide correction or other feedback as needed. Keep a record of non-compliance with procedures if appropriate or requested. Evaluate TA performance with respect to safety compliance as well as adherence to established departmental procedures at end of each quarter.
• Assure compliance with guidelines for hazardous waste disposal. Maintain safe chemical waste storage within the laboratory and provide for proper neutralization and disposal of acids and bases.
• Assist with the collection and proper labeling of waste for pick up by Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S). Assist with experimental development in a way that minimizes the amount of waste generated. Work with the Director of Undergraduate Services to propose waste streams that can be managed via routine EH&S waste pick-up procedures.
• Render first aid to students or TAs as needed. Fill out Incident Reports as necessary regarding accidents or injuries in the laboratory.
• Assist in evacuating the laboratories during emergencies by serving as a floor warden.
• Prepare reagents required for assigned laboratory courses as needed. Distribute reagents, supplies, and other equipment needed for each lab class, assuring a sufficient amount available for each laboratory session. Promptly respond when reagents or supplies run low during a laboratory session.
• Provide and maintain the laboratory safety manual in each laboratory. Assist in the preparation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and adhere to both the letter and intent of the University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan.
• Maintain a clean and orderly laboratory environment. Coordinate to ensure that all laboratories are thoroughly cleaned at the end of each quarter in which they are in use.
• Support lecture demonstrations as needed, working with instructors and Undergraduate Services staff to prepare reagents and required supplies and set up equipment, materials, and media in advance of or at the lecture to ensure a successful in-class demonstration. Assist in setting up laboratory lectures and demonstrate correct usage of undergraduate lab equipment.
• Under the guidance of the Director of Undergraduate Services and course instructors, edit and update laboratory manuals to reflect current information and/or methodologies. Coordinate lab manuals for production and/or and student purchase and provide copies for instructors, TAs, and applicable staff.
• Make suggestions for investing operating funds in the assigned laboratories, acquire equipment bids, and assemble and submit purchase orders.
• Perform other related duties as required.
• Bachelor’s degree with major study in a basic or applied science OR an equivalent combination of training, formal education and/or research, training or service laboratory operations experience.
Additional requirements include:
• Business training or experience.
• Computer experience, including Excel and Word.
• Ability to lift equipment weighing up to 32 pounds.
• Ability to obtain and maintain certification in CPR/First Aid, with recertification as required.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• An advanced degree in chemistry or a related field.
• Experience teaching or supporting undergraduate instructional laboratories.
• Previous classroom and/or laboratory teaching or other training experience.
• Knowledge of database operations and data acquisition.
Conditions of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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