Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator and Radiation Safety Officer

Job description

The Department of Chemistry seeks applications for a Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator and Radiation Safety Officer.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. This position will report to the Chair of the Chemistry Department. The chemistry Laboratory Coordinator and Radiation Safety Officer teach Laboratories, serve as the Radiation Safety Officer and generally supervise the laboratory and all chemicals and equipment.

In addition the Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator and Radiation Safety Officer will:

  • Verify that all laboratory instruments for which the Stockroom Manager has primary responsibility are in proper working condition and initiate repairs when required, working with appropriate department personnel, manufacturers, and vendors.
  • Work with faculty and the Stockroom Manager to periodically update lists of chemicals and supplies used each week in each laboratory course and well as, prepare and coordinate supplies and equipment for all Chemistry and Biochemistry laboratory classes.
  • Assist professors, student laboratory assistants and students during General Chemistry laboratory classes and grade laboratory reports for all sections of General Chemistry laboratory classes.
  • Train General Chemistry laboratory assistants during a weekly meeting while laboratory classes are in session.
  • Supervise the set-up and return to storage of instruments required by the chemistry laboratory teaching program as directed by laboratory teaching schedules.
  • Assist the Stockroom Manager in the preparation and maintenance of sufficient quantities of reactants and reagents for all chemistry teaching laboratories and of all chemistry teaching laboratories to ensure that they are in an orderly and safe condition, including bench and hood spaces.
  • Monitor and maintain chemical instruments and lab equipment in consultation with faculty.
  • Become well-versed in the operation and repair of shared departmental instruments and teach students how to safely and correctly operate these instruments.
  • Supervise the cryogenics and calibration for NMR equipment maintenance.

Additional Tasks:

  • Transport incoming packages and mail relating to the stockroom when necessary.
  • Perform other special job-related tasks for faculty in the Chemistry Department, such as assisting in the making of solutions for classroom demonstrations, as time permits.
  • Conducts frequent inspections of the chemistry laboratories, equipment and instrumentation to ensure compliance with college policy, laboratory safety and OSHA standards, and local codes.
  • Assist faculty with development of laboratory exercises.
  • Perform an annual inventory with assistance from the Chemistry Stockroom Manager.


  • Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) in chemistry or a related field and Radioactive Safety Officer Certification (can be obtained upon employment).
  • Knowledge and experience in using laboratory equipment in basic scientific research applications and ability to troubleshoot problems in use. Safe handling of chemicals and equipment/instruments as well as preparation of solutions and handling of compressed gas cylinders and cryogenic liquid dewars.
  • 2 or more years’ experience working in academic or industrial laboratory environments and experience working with college students in a laboratory environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and superior organizational skills in addition to Familiarity with spreadsheets and/or databases.
  • Ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff, students, manufacturers, and vendors and to train and supervise student workers in basic laboratory-related practices.
  • Transport of incoming orders and outgoing waste containers.
  • Experience with exposure to potentially hazardous situations/chemicals, environmental issues that require a range of safety and other precautions.

How to Apply:

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, application, transcripts, and contact information for three references via email to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Knox College is a nationally ranked, private, residential liberal arts college of 1420 undergraduate students located in Galesburg, Illinois. Founded in 1837 by social reformers strongly opposed to slavery, Knox was one of the first colleges in the United States open to all, regardless of race, gender, and financial means. With a campus population of remarkable diversity that includes students from 48 states and 51 countries, significant representation of first-generation college students, and substantial cultural and racial-ethnic diversity, Knox is a vibrant and creative community.

Knox College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, disability, creed, or any other protected class.




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Posted: 5/1/2017
Application Due: 6/19/2017
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