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Chemistry Stockroom Manager

Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title: Chemistry Stockroom Manager.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Department: Chemistry and Biomolecular Science

Title of Manager/Supervisor: Department Chair

Number of Employees Reporting to this Position: 0

Range: $23.00- $27.00 salary based on experience

Position Summary: This position provides critical services for day-to-day operations of the Chemistry Stockroom, a central science stockroom for the Potsdam Hill Campus, at Clarkson University; and support for the department undergraduate teaching and research labs of the university.

General Purpose: Coordinate and supervise the department’s stockroom functions, provide support for chemistry teaching labs, and maintain chemical and physical assets.

Remote Workdays: This is a full time on Campus position with zero remote workdays.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Operate the stockroom, assisting faculty and students with materials, reagents and small equipment for running their teaching and research laboratories and maintaining the stockroom storage areas.

  • Manage the Chemistry Stockroom budget, purchasing and selling chemicals to the Clarkson community and keeping account balances with monthly credit card reconciliations.

  • Prepare charge cards for research.

  • Organize and maintain MSDS inventory of chemical supplies, safety data sheets (SDSs), reagents and small equipment in the chemistry stockroom and the chemistry teaching labs.

  • Assist faculty and students with information regarding purchasing and vendors for needed products and supplies, as it relates to chemistry supplies and small laboratory equipment.

  • Recruit, train and supervise work-study students in stockroom.

  • Dispose old chemicals, clean and decommission laboratories that have been vacated.

  • Support and assist the department with activities such as marketing/recruitment, open house preparation and outreach.

  • Assist the department with other projects, administrative duties, and initiatives as assigned.

  • Maintain chemistry teaching laboratories in a clean, safe and orderly manner to ensure the safety of the instructional labs and working environment.

  • Manage teaching laboratory assets.

  • Prepare student lockers, chemicals, solutions, small equipment and laboratory set-up based on instructor’s course syllabi and instructor recommendations. Examples of small equipment include: pH meters, pipettes, heating mantles, ovens, rotary evaporators, melting point, hot plates, refractometers, water distillation systems. Ensure that experiment set up, chemicals and supplies are ready at least the night before.

  • Check the functioning of hoods, distillers, benches and other small laboratory equipment and submit work orders to Facilities as appropriate.

  • Manage the inventory of reagents, solutions, and laboratory equipment, PPE and assist faculty and instructional staff with materials for running their teaching activities in the chemistry laboratories.

  • Work with the Instrumentation manager to troubleshoot facilities and processing deliveries.

  • Coordinate with the Environmental Health & Safety Officer the management of CBS department teaching and research lab hazardous waste per Clarkson University regulations.

  • Prepare hazardous waste containers and documentation, transport hazardous waste to Clarkson’s main accumulation area, and properly store and log hazardous waste in the main accumulation area.

  • Procurement of tax-free ethanol as the Ethanol Inventory Control Officer, documenting sales and maintaining monthly inventory records.

  • Provide services and assist faculty, students and staff with safety-related concerns related to possible hazards of equipment, procedures and chemicals used in the CBS research and teaching laboratories.

  • Storage responsibility for regulated chemicals and biological materials.

  • Manage and maintain accurate chemical inventory and SDSs for chemicals in the Chemistry Stockroom.


  • Knowledge of and experience working with chemicals and hazardous materials, chemical management and inventory of chemicals and equipment;

  • Knowledge of and experience with chemicals hazardous waste management, including OSHA, NFPA, EPA, and DEC and related safety regulations and procedures with respect to chemistry laboratories and stockrooms;

  • Must be able to assess risk and handle emergency situations that can arise in the laboratories;

  • Must be cognizant of chemical laboratory safety issues, chemical purchases and safe storage;

  • Must understand teaching lab solution preparations (e.g. large-scale solution preparation) and storage;

  • Must be able to communicate and work effectively with little or no supervision;

  • Must be able to multitask, plan and prioritize on a daily basis;

  • Must have strong organizational skills;

  • Knowledge of and experience with small chemical equipment (e.g. pH meters, balances, refractometers, etc.);

  • Proficiency in software and data management tools (e.g. Excel, Word, Google Sheets, etc.);

  • Proficiency with hazard communication and understanding of chemical safety and hazardous waste regulations (e.g. OSHA, EPA, etc.);

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Minimal Qualifications

B.S. or M.S. (preferred) degree in Chemistry or closely related field.


Minimum Experience:

At least two years wet lab experience with knowledge of typical stockroom operations.

Preferred experience:

2-5 five years in a university chemistry stockroom.

Physical Demands:

Ability to complete essential classroom functions. Clarkson is committed to complying with the guidelines set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson University actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities. All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records).


Working at Clarkson University

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation.   We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,300 students across 95+ rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Clarkson alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2.5% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth.  One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company. 

Clarkson welcomes scholars and students from all over the world.

Our community and campus settings enhance the quality of student life and afford students access to and interaction with their faculty. We value the diversity of our University community; and we strive to attune ourselves and our programs to our global, pluralistic society. We share the belief that humane and environmentally sound economic and social development derive from the expansion, diffusion and application of knowledge.

Through our Office of Human Resources, we focus on the recruitment, onboarding, training and professional development of our employee community across multiple campuses and learning environments. The goal is a campus community where all are welcomed and valued members who contribute to the development of global citizenship by promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.


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We develop innovative programs and research portfolios in partnership with business and industry to explore, create and achieve better futures. We invest in people, ideas and our campus’ living. We give our time, resources and goodwill to drive the future.

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