Director of the Undergraduate Laboratory

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Jun 22, 2018
Jul 22, 2018
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Full time

Director of the Undergraduate Laboratory

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The MIT Department of Chemistry seeks a director to serve as chief administrative supervisor of the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory, directly managing and operating the laboratory associated with all lab courses including URIECA (Undergraduate Research Inspired Experimental Chemistry Alternatives) and 5.310 (Laboratory Chemistry).


  • Produce and update documentation of laboratory procedures
  • Train, mentor, and supervise TAs in proper laboratory procedures
  • Collaborate with the department head, associate department head, and faculty on developing new curricula and laboratory experiments
  • Provide laboratory-based sources for course rules and procedures and technical support during lab classes
  • Work with EHS coordinator on enforcing safety practices/procedures
  • Manage chemical ordering, safe storage, inventory control, preparation, and disposal
  • Supervise or prepare, calibrate, operate, maintain, and demonstrate instruments and equipment (UV/VIS, FT-IR, and NMR spectrometers; GC, GC-MS and HPLC chromatographs; MelTemps and multimeters)
  • Develop protocols for instruments/updates
  • Organize TA orientation and provide demos for experiments, lecture handouts, and experiment information
  • Update URIECA and 5.310 webpages
  • Maintain reports and grade records
  • Organize weekly TA meetings
  • Possibly write and administer lab quizzes or oversee TAs and codeliver lectures when course is cotaught with faculty


  • Doctoral degree in chemistry or closely related field
  • At least three years’ experience operating or overseeing a chemical education laboratory
  • Administrative experience in one or more chemical education settings
  • Strong organization, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to set goals, assess, and act on work priorities
  • Experience using standard software used in a laboratory environment (i.e., word processing, spreadsheets)
  • Experience with chemical handling and preparative techniques
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety regulations/practices/procedures
  • Experience operating complex instrumentation used in advanced chemistry laboratories, including computers and instrumental analysis software

To Apply:

Interested candidates may apply online at Please reference job number 16133 and indicate where you saw this posting.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.