Job Requisition Number: 25613. The Chemistry Department provides the opportunity for an undergraduate student to obtain a thorough fundamental knowledge of all fields of chemistry. There are lecture courses in the general areas of inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, plus many more specialized courses including analytical, nuclear, and biophysical chemistry and chemical biology. Laboratory experience is provided in inorganic and organic synthesis, analytical methods, physical chemical measurements, spectroscopy, biochemical engineering, and chemical methods in nuclear technology. Independent and original work is stressed in the laboratories and modern equipment is available to carry out the work.
Instructional Support Facility (ISF) members enable the delivery of lab courses by preparing and setting up chemicals and equipment required to deliver laboratory experiments. There are three ISFs located on the second and third floor of Latimer Hall. There are multiple ISF supervisors based at the various ISF locations with responsibility for specific chemistry courses.
The ISF Supervisor will manage and supervise the operations supporting the Department of Chemistry’s two general chemistry undergraduate laboratory courses. Chemistry 1A/AL and 1B operate approximately 40 lab sections per week and serve an average of 1300 students per semester. The role involves coordinating and supervising the work of 12-15 casual student Lab Assistants. The also involves planning for course needs, ensuring the availability of materials, and coordinating the use and maintenance of the laboratory facilities and instruments.
Laboratory Management •Ensures compliance with applicable environmental, health, and safety procedures and regulations •Writes and updates standard operating procedures for equipment and instruments, including safety and chemical/waste handling and disposal •Discusses and enforces Standard Operating procedures and safety compliance with GSIs and students. •Maintains necessary records for the facility and instrumentation; including the chemical inventory database, safety compliance, and maintenance records. •Hires, trains, monitors, schedules, and evaluates ISF staff of approximately 12-15 casual students. •Ensures staff is appropriately trained in safety and emergency procedures •Maintains and manages course material fees spending and budget •Works with faculty and staff to schedule lab sections and identify best schedule and location for labs of different courses •Identifies and implements ways to track expenses by courses. •Maintains accurate records of expenses and investigate options for procuring less expensive chemicals and supplies •Ensures appropriate staffing during all lab periods
Course Development •Assists faculty/instructors in troubleshooting new or modified experiments •Assists faculty/instructors with use of instruments and development of data •Advises faculty and instructors on experimental costs •Devises ways to minimize amounts of chemicals used •Coordinates with College Shops to design, fabricate, and maintain special apparatus. •Coordinates with faculty to identify course equipment needs; research and provide information on options
Course Support •Responsible for maintaining general chemistry ISF inventory; including purchasing, receiving, storing and distributing glassware, equipment, and supplies •Meets with faculty and instructors to consider and propose experiments, providing information on design options. •Works with Extension Office personnel in planning and scheduling use of general chemistry laboratory facility •Liaises with extension teaching staff to ensure safe and appropriate use of facilities during extension labs •Based on course syllabi independently determines 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 •Cooperates with faculty/instructors to plan and implement experimental improvements or updates to experiments •Trains and assists GSIs and students in experiments and procedures •Edits lab manuals/instructions to students in order to make clear •Provides scientific and technical assistance to students and GSIs •Supervises laboratory work when instructors are not present •Coordinates with other ISF supervisors to ensure optimal usage of shared equipment• Advanced chemical technical knowledge, for overseeing undergraduate chemistry labs • Technical expertise in chemistry for overseeing general chemistry 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, with advanced studies beneficial •Experience in supervision and administration or chemical instruction facilities This is a full-time, exempt, career position classified as Staff Research Associate III.
This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Research Support Professionals Unit (RX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/rx/index.html
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