Lab Program Manager, Chemistry Department (R-0813)

Hays, Kansas
Jan 31, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Has primary responsible for oversight, organization and maintenance of chemical and equipment storerooms and inventory. Assists teaching faculty as required with lab preparation, preparation of chemical reagents and equipment and other teaching-related activities. Responsible for overall maintenance of departmental laboratory spaces.

Also has primary responsibility for teaching and supervision of general education laboratory courses. Interest in general education laboratory curriculum development expected. Will train faculty and students in utilizing laboratory facilities and equipment including safety/security protocols. Supervises undergraduate student laboratory employees. This position requires a detailed-oriented professional, who can work independently and in team settings, exhibit excellent problem-solving skills, and communicate effectively with both students and faculty. Minimum qualification is a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or related discipline, with relevant laboratory experience and demonstrated experience with Microsoft Excel.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Chemistry or related discipline and undergraduate chemistry laboratory teaching experience. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel)

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Priority deadline is February 16, 2018.  Review of applications will begin after the priority deadline and continue until the position is filled.

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

APPLICATION PROCESS:  To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Applicant must submit;

  1. A cover letter highlighting skills and experience from relevant coursework.
  2. Resume or CV.
  3. Statement of professional goals.
  4. Transcripts for all degrees/degree programs (unofficial acceptable for applications).
  5. Names and contact details for 3-5 professional references

Applicant documents must be submitted in a single PDF file. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Loretta Dorn

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:  For information about the Chemistry Department, please visit

The college was formed in 2015 by aggregating the departments of Agriculture, Applied Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics, as well as the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The academic units consist of approximately 70 full-time faculty, 1400 undergraduate majors, and 50 graduate students. STM departments also make significant contributions to the university’s General Education program, coursework support for the other four colleges, and to the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, which is an early-college program for high-achieving high school students. A new 58,000 sq. ft. Applied Technology and Sculpture building houses new technology student learning spaces, and will complement existing state of the art facilities. Undergraduate students participate in technical, classroom, field, and lab experiences that many universities would reserve for graduate students. The wide range of academic programs are innovative, and college faculty embrace a one-on-one teaching and mentoring philosophy, while providing robust scholarship opportunities for our students.

Forward Thinking.  World Ready - Fort Hays State University is a highly entrepreneurial teaching focused institution with major operations on-campus, online and in China.  Providing a high-quality education at an affordable price, FHSU is ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top ten fastest growing universities in the U.S.  It has an enrollment in excess of 14,000 students (Approximately 5,000 on campus, 3,500 in China, and over 6,000 online) and over 380 full time faculty.  Bachelors, masters and professional doctoral degrees are offered through five colleges, the Graduate School, the Honors College, the Virtual College, and various international partnerships.   Fort Hays State University's award-winning Virtual College coordinates distance education to the U.S. Armed Services and students in over 20 countries.  The Virtual College has received many accolades, including U.S. News & World Report Online Programs rankings,, Best Buys in Education, among others.  Students at FHSU may select a major field of study from 30 departments.  FHSU is fully accredited by several national agencies, and is one of six state-assisted institutions of higher education governed by a Board of Regents appointed by the governor of the state of Kansas.  The website ranked the Fort Hays State campus as the safest in the state of Kansas.

The University has rich sports and cultural programming, all of which enjoy tremendous community support.  The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center is home to the Encore Series, which hosts many travelling Broadway shows, the Hays Symphony, university and other national and world-caliber performances.  Fort Hays State University athletic events provide NCAA Division II athletic entertainment.

FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant university community of approximately 22,000, located half way between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70.  Hays has received numerous recent accolades such as being voted an All-American City, second best city in the state to raise children, and also the third best small college town in America.  It is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas – serving a population of nearly 400,000.  Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, an extensive recreational program, and excellent opportunities for walking, running, and biking.  Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily.  The community has award-winning public and private schools.  With over 60 restaurants, robust retail outlets, one of the lowest unemployment rates and commute times in the U.S., the city provides a safe, very friendly, low-cost, high-quality living environment.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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