Director of General Chemistry Laboratories

Job description

The work involves direction, supervision, mentoring service, and overall responsibility for the general chemistry teaching laboratory courses in consultation with relevant department faculty and staff members. This includes six courses each semester of the academic year and two courses each term of the summer session. The number of laboratory sections is currently over 200 during the academic year and 5 each term of the summer distributed amongst the three courses. The number of students taking these courses is approximately 4000 over the calendar year.

Who we are:

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder emphasizes knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, including atomic and molecular theory, the states of matter and reactivities and properties of chemical substances. Students study the basic subfields of chemistry, such as organic, physical, analytical and inorganic chemistry (and biochemistry for biochemistry majors), all while developing the mathematical skills to understand fundamental chemical relationships and to manipulate experimental data. Graduates also learn safe chemical practices, including handling waste, safety equipment, assembling chemical apparatus and designing experiments.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Director of Operations of General Chemistry Laboratories

  • Manage the general chemistry laboratory budgets, keeps track of equipment/instrument needs, prepare requests Program Fee Distribution Committee.
  • Work with the faculty and staff to prepare laboratory manuals for printing and purchase at the CU Bookstore.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs to build course schedules for each semester, and to monitor and track enrollments to open or close additional sections as needed.
  • Solve problems in laboratory procedures as they occur; this requires the Director to be physically present when labs are in session.
  • Monitor the performance of TAs and provides advice/solutions on disagreements.
  • Determine makeup policy when labs are interrupted or cancelled by weather, fire alarms, etc.
  • Participate in pedagogical discussions; develop laboratory learning goals.
  • Work with faculty to design and execute new laboratory experiments.
  • Explore online options for student preparation for lab, and submission of reports
  • Work with Campus organizations to make General Chemistry Laboratories less costly for students, more sustainable and more energy efficient.
  • Work with Disability Services to meet the needs of special accommodation students such as wheelchair bound, visual impairment (with service dog), fear of working with chemicals, etc.

Direction and Mentoring of Teaching Assistants
  • Make preliminary assignments of TAs to recitations and lab sections, maintaining a spreadsheet for CU-SIS and HR purposes; confirms appointments with department chair or designee.
  • Work with faculty and instructors who are teaching general chemistry laboratory courses to address issues pertaining to TA performance, concerns expressed by undergraduate students, etc.
  • Mentor graduate students who desire to pursue teaching careers.
  • Advise international students with TA appointments, including ClearTalk mastery.
  • Solicit TA evaluations from staff and faculty to select recipients of the Graduate Teaching Excellence Awards.
  • Organize, oversee and participate in annual TA Training program.
  • Responsibility for special situations pertaining to TAs or undergraduate students (e.g. disability accommodations, issues of behavior).
  • Overall responsibility for implementation of lab safety policies

Service on Departmental Committees
  • General Chemistry Coordination Committee.
  • Curriculum Committee.
  • Safety Committee.
  • TA Orientation Committee.

Space and Facilities
  • Together with Laboratory Coordinators, oversee the general conditions of labs and helps to plan for upgrades and renovations.
  • Report problems in physical spaces occupied by General Chemistry lab and recitation sections to Chemistry Building Manager and/or Facilities Management.
  • Coordinate teaching activities with Chemistry Building Manager and/or Facilities.
  • Management during space planning and renovation activities.

What you should know:

This section should include information that might be unique to this position including things like:
  • Is travel required?
  • Will the candidate often work outside of normal business hours (evening or weekend shifts/work)?
  • Are there certain certifications required to work in this field of work?

What we can offer:

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $70,000 commensurate with experience.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What we require:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Chemistry or related field.
  • At least 3 years of experience in laboratory chemistry.
  • Instrumentation expertise.

What you will need:
  • Excellent written- and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Computer expertise.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Graduate study and advanced degree in Chemistry or related field.
  • Two years of experience in teaching laboratory supervision, including graduate school teaching experience.
  • Experience supervising four or more employees.
  • Work experience in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of environmental health and safety requirements and protocols.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by May 27, 2018.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at [email protected]. All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-13509.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Academic Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10167 - Chemistry & Biochemistry

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 10, 2018

Closing Date: May 27, 2018, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00745958





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Posted: 5/11/2018
Application Due: 5/29/2018
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