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Chemistry Lab Supervisor

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: September 13, 2019

Job Description:

Chemistry Lab Supervisor

Job Category:



School of Natural Sciences

Position Code:




Closing Date:

Review of applications will begin 06/26/19 and continue until the position has been filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received


$55,000 - $65,000



Background check:

Background check is required


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job:

Under minimal supervision, oversees the activities and staff of the chemistry instructional laboratories including the supervision of entry/intermediate level instructional associates and laboratory support staff. Supervises the development and execution of major instructional and experiment design.

Demonstrates knowledge of general, organic, and inorganic chemistry, the ability to act independently to solve situations regarding personnel and laboratory experiments, maintain confidentiality, practice ethical decision making, and show sound judgment in budgetary matters. Provides quality instructional laboratory support for undergraduate course work, training of lab and teaching staff in scientific procedures and techniques, the establishment of the appropriate laboratory safety protocols for staff and students, and ensuring the maintenance and repair of the facilities. Ascertains and researches equipment needs for purchase and makes provision for support of activities such as special events and the programs offered by other departments during summer session.

Responsible for all aspects required for the successful support of several Chemistry lab courses, including general chemistry II, organic chemistry, and advanced synthetic laboratory, and inorganic lab. Provides back-up support for the general chemistry I, principles of organic chemistry, instrumental analysis, and physical chemistry lab. Responsible for all aspects of operation and maintenance for the following equipment: balances, pH meters, polarimeters, hand-held uv-vis spectrometers, thermal conductivity gas chromatographs, infrared spectrometer, and nuclear magnetic resonance instrument. Responsible for the supervision of the operations of the chemistry instructional lab support group in the absence of the supervisor. Demonstrates effective communication with faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students to provide assistance, supervision, or instruction as needed.


Bachelor s degree in Chemistry or related area and two years of progressively responsible related laboratory experience.

Master s or Doctorate degree in Synthetic Chemistry or related field is highly PREFERRED.

Advanced knowledge of general and specialized laboratory skills.

Advanced knowledge of a limited variety of specialized laboratory equipment for use and troubleshooting.

Solid leadership skills associated with planning work assignments, establishing priorities and scheduling instructional space.

Solid interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty and staff.

Ability to motivate a diverse work group whose skills and knowledge range from students with no scientific background to experienced staff holding University degrees.

Advanced knowledge of necessary lab safety procedures and requirements, as well as chemical disposal guidelines.

Knowledge of inventory planning, purchasing, and storage.

Solid writing abilities to effectively communicate lab experiments, policies, and procedures to staff, instructors, and students.

Ability to maintain confidentiality and practice ethical standards.

To Apply:

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If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy:

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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