Job Requisition Number: 25185. The Chemistry Department at the University of California, Berkeley serves a large population of undergraduate and graduate students and is a national and international leader in research. Therefore, the Chemistry Department is positioned to be a leader in the development of innovative programs in chemistry education that impact a large number of students. An overall goal our work is to increase the numbers of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and improve the scientific knowledge of both STEM students and students who do not ultimately choose to major in a STEM area. To achieve this, we are pursuing three broad topics: 1) curricular development, 2) improving the participation of underrepresented groups in our programs, and 3) developing rigorous and on-going evaluation of the program and assessment of student learning to allow an approach for educational reform based on hard data.
Laboratory Management •Ensure compliance with applicable environmental, health, and safety procedures and regulations •Write and update standard operating procedures for equipment and instruments, including safety and chemical/waste handling and disposal •Discuss and enforce Standard Operating procedures and safety compliance with GSIs and students. •Maintain necessary records for the facility and instrumentation; including the chemical inventory database, safety compliance, and maintenance records. •Hire, train, monitor, schedule, and evaluate ISF staff of approximately 12-15 casual students. •Ensure appropriate staffing during all lab periods and that staff is appropriately trained in safety and emergency procedures •Maintain and manage course material fees spending and budget •Work with faculty and staff to schedule lab sections and identify best schedule and location for labs of different courses •Identify and implement ways to track expenses by courses. •Maintain accurate records of expenses and investigate options for procuring less expensive chemicals and supplies
Course Development •Assist faculty/instructors in troubleshooting new or modified experiments •Assist faculty/instructors with use of instruments and development of data •Advise faculty and instructors on experimental costs •Devise ways to minimize amounts of chemicals used •Coordinate with College Shops to design, fabricate, and maintain special apparatus. •Coordinate with faculty to identify course equipment needs; research and provide information on options
Course Support •Responsible for maintaining organic chemistry ISF inventory; including purchasing, receiving, storing and distributing glassware, equipment, and supplies •Meet with faculty and instructors to consider and propose experiments, providing information on design options. •Work with Extension Office personnel in planning and scheduling use of organic laboratory facility •Liaise with extension teaching staff to ensure safe and appropriate use of facilities during extension labs •Based on course syllabi independently determine instruments, chemicals, equipment, and supplies needed for courses each semester •Estimates, orders, and organizes all chemicals used for courses each semester •Verifies satisfactory operating conditions of the laboratory and ISF equipment •Prepares and test each experiment to ensure it is working as designed •Provides routine cleaning and maintenance of laboratory rooms and the restocking and distribution of chemicals, supplies, and equipment •Cooperate with faculty/instructors to plan and implement experimental improvements or updates to experiments •Train and assist GSIs and students in experiments and procedures •Edits lab manuals/instructions to students in order to make clear •Provide scientific and technical assistance to students and GSIs •Supervise laboratory work when instructors are not present •Coordinate with other ISF supervisors to ensure optimal usage of shared equipment•Advanced chemical technical knowledge, for overseeing undergraduate chemistry labs •Technical expertise in organic chemistry for overseeing organic instructional laboratory facility •Advanced analytical instrumentation capabilities and knowledge for maintaining and troubleshooting department instrumentation •Familiarity with EH&S regulations, chemical management, and waste disposal regulations and procedures •Skills in judgements and independent thinking •Oral and written communication skills; interpersonal and presentation skills. Ability to communicate information in small and large group settings •Problem solving and organizational skills •Multicultural competencies, knowledge and experience working and interacting with diverse groups of staff, faculty, and student populations •Proven ability to organize unit work functions in an efficient and effective manner
Education/Training: •BS or equivalent in chemistry or related discipline or equivalent experience, with advanced studies beneficial •Experience in supervision and administration or chemical instruction facilities
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