Director of Laboratories

Position Overview

Individual is responsible for the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratories for approximately 500 students per semester. The duties include: supervision and training of Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Assistants; collaboration with instructors of Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory courses on curriculum development; ensuring all lab operations comply with institutional requirements; maintaining inventory of supplies and reagents for synthetic teaching laboratories and performing basic lab equipment maintenance.

Job Description

70%- Coordination of undergraduate organic chemistry labs, to include the following: implementing current curricula and overseeing curricula development; maintaining and scheduling organic chemistry laboratories; overseeing students' laboratory grades; assisting faculty teaching organic chemistry courses with lecture demonstrations, examination scheduling, and grading; implementing protocols for keeping laboratory notebooks and report-writing for organic chemistry laboratory courses.

10%- Design and test new organic chemistry lab experiments and integrate them into the curricula; organize, evaluate and develop multimedia and technology resources for undergraduate laboratory courses.

20%- Assign, train and supervise GTAs in organic labs; design and administer grading policies for use by TAs.

Position Requirements

This position is fully on site, at University of Kansas, Gray-Little Hall.

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctorate Degree in Chemistry.
  2. At least one year of experience working with students in a laboratory setting.
  3. Record of success in supervising others and working in teams.
  4. Minimum of three years teaching at the college level, including GTA experience.
  5. Excellent communication skills, as evidenced by cover letter and resume.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Organic chemistry teaching experience.
  2. Experience in developing and/or performing chemical demonstrations.
  3. Hands-on experience with synthetic chemistry techniques, including manipulations under inert atmosphere conditinos (Schlenk lines, dry-boxes), column chromatography, polarimetry, GTIR, UV-vis, and NMR.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application includes a cover letter, CV, statement of laboratory teaching practices, and three letters of references. Apply online and submit a letter describing your qualifications for this position. Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of completed applications will begin May 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Helena Malinakova -

Advertised Salary Range

$ 63,000

Work Schedule

M-F, 8-5; requires some weekend hours

Application Review Begins

Monday May 15, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Tuesday August 1, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  24872BR
  • Department:  Chemistry
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  On-Site
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  15-May-2023

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