Student Hourly - Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Tech TA

Position Overview

Facilitate lab activities by carrying out technical lab upkeep, preparation, and technical support. GL 3143-3147

Job Description

The Department of Chemistry maintains a pool of undergraduate teaching assistants (UTA) who, commensurate with qualifications, may teach organic chemistry labs or perform technical lab upkeep, preparation, and technical support.
This position may involve teaching organic chemistry laboratory and/or restocking the labs at the end of week and/or setting up experiments at the beginning of the week.
Possible activities include, but are not limited to:
  1. Teach organic chemistry laboratory including:
    1. Presenting pre-lab lectures
    2. Supervising laboratory experiments
    3. Enforcing laboratory rules
    4. Grading student laboratory assignments
    5. Attending weekly TA meetings
    6. Holding office hours
  2. Clean glassware (distillation apparatus, flasks, etc.)
  3. Conduct room checks between each lab period
    1. Locate missing/misplaced equipment and return to the proper area(s)
    2. Replace broken glassware
    3. Replenish solutions/chemicals
    4. Monitor chemical waste and dispose of waste as directed
    5. Collect and submit items for lost-and-found
    6. Maintain the supply of gloves, paper towels, weighing paper, filter paper, etc. in all labs
  4. Pick up packages and orders at the Chemistry Department stockroom
  5. Maintain chemical inventory
  6. Gather needed supplies and materials for labs
    1. Prepare necessary solutions
    2. Gather and organize needed glassware and chemicals (e.g., ice, dry ice, liquid nitrogen, etc.)
  7. Set up and break down lab experiments
    1. Place stock room glassware, equipment, and chemicals into lab
    2. Return stock room glassware, equipment, and chemicals as directed for next-use convenience
      1. Check primary waste bottle and move contents to secondary container, if necessary. Notify Director as secondary containers fill.
      2. Clean up chemical spills, fume hoods, balances, lab benches, etc.
      3. Maintain the supply of gloves, paper towels, weighing paper, filter paper, etc. in all labs
  8. Break down boxes and take to recycle
  9. Check glass waste boxes and replace as necessary

Required Qualifications

  1. During the semester term of the appointment, the student hourly must be enrolled in no fewer than 6 credit hours. For summer periods the student hourly must: 1) have been enrolled in no less than 6 hours in the past spring semester or 2) be pre-enrolled in upcoming fall semester in no less than 6 hours or 3) be enrolled in summer session or 4) be admitted to study in the upcoming fall semester. Student Hourlies may be undergraduate or graduate students. (Exceptions granted for GRA/GTA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly appointments).
  2. Must have taken and passed CHEM 331.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Taken and passed CHEM 335 and CHEM 336.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application will include a Cover Letter and a Resume. Your cover letter must include your grades in CHEM 330/331 and, if taken, CHEM 335/336, as well as your TA for the lab classes. Only complete applications will be considered. Apply by 7/19/24 to ensure consideration. This is a Pool Posting. Applicants will continue to be reviewed and hired until positions are filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Mary Beth Carter -

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

Varies, up to 20 hours per week.

Anticipated Start Date

Monday August 19, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  27059BR
  • Department:  Chemistry
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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