Organic Chemistry Lab Coordinator

Providence, Rhode Island
depends on experience
Feb 10, 2021
Mar 12, 2021
Field of specialization
Work Function
Administration, Laboratory
Job Type
Full time


Teach, oversee, and direct the development of the assigned laboratory curriculum.

Essential Duties:

1. Supervise three/four sections. Evaluate lab reports, quizzes, lab practicals, and lab notebooks for the enrolled students. Evaluate the student work for lab sections to which they are assigned. Final grade assignments are carried out by the faculty who incorporate the evaluations into the overall grade for the class.

2. Work in conjunction with the Chemistry faculty on the experiments and assessments for the laboratory assignments each semester. Prepare the lab manual and ordering of all reagents and equipment for the experiments. Maintain records of needed changes in curriculum, prepare the schedule of experiments, and oversee any necessary make-ups due to weather/other cancellations. Conduct all necessary safety inspections of the organic chemistry teaching labs and support areas.

3. Ensure that all equipment, reagents, and pre-laboratory presentations are ready and in working order for each lab section. Maintain the organic instrument lab and instruments. Develop instrument usage protocols for the department. Arrange for proper clean-up and waste disposal for each lab section. Oversee chemical waste handling, reporting, and disposal for the department. Supervise two to four laboratory sections each semester and evaluate the student work to which the students are assigned.

4. Meet regularly with the instructors that are assigned to lab sections to ensure that they have familiarity with the experiments and that there is consistency in instruction across the sections. Select, train, and supervisor all undergraduate lab assistants for the sections assigned. Generally, one student teaching assistant (TA) will be assigned for each lab section and will work directly with the instructors.

5. Undertake trials of new experiments and may oversee student projects if they fall under the staff members expertise. (Much of this work necessarily must occur in the summer.)

6. Keep up with trends in chemical education through published materials and by attending conferences related to chemistry education. Serve as point person for organic chemistry education initiatives overseen by the Chemistry/Biochemistry department. Serve as a member of the Chemical Hygiene Committee.

Marginal Duties:

1. Performs all other duties as may be required.

Education and Experience Required:

• Ph.D in a chemical science, or a closely related field required from an accredited institution.
• Two to three years’ experience working in a college or university teaching setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Previous experience in college level instruction preferred.
• Ability to supervise students.
• Ability to handle chemical materials in a safe manner and follow appropriate safety protocols.
• Strong computer skills for document creation and maintenance.
• Strong public speaking skills for lab presentations.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a group setting.



Providence College, a primarily undergraduate, liberal arts, Catholic institution of higher education conducted under the auspices of the Dominican Friars, seeks candidates who can affirm and contribute to its mission. The College is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment that supports all of its students, faculty, and staff. All members of the community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning experience valuing differences and practicing inclusion. We invite applications from qualified individuals who possess the experience, knowledge, and commitment to work within a diverse learning environment. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Providence College is an equal opportunity employer.


Providence College does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, gender, except where gender is a bona fide occupational qualification, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, or genetic information. The College will develop, and from time to time update, an affirmative action program and will insist on a good-faith effort on the
part of its employees to comply with the program. The College will request and expect its agents and those with whom it conducts its affairs to meet the commitment of this important program.

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