Chemistry Lab Supervisor (2 positions)

University of California Merced
Merced, California
Closing date
Jun 30, 2022

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Field of specialization
Organic, Physical
Work Function
Administration, Management-Laboratory
Job Type
Full time
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Chemistry Lab Supervisor (2 positions)


University of California Merced


Hiring Range


$65,000 - $70,000


Job Closing Date


Initial applicant review will begin on or around May 31, 2022. Posting may close any time after that without notice.


Please note: One position will focus on General Chemistry while the other position focuses on Organic Chemistry.


About UC Merced


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 more than 9,000 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 for 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.


About the Job


Under the direction of the Physical Sciences Instructional Lab Manager, oversees the activities of the general or organic 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 for general or organic chemistry.


Demonstrates knowledge of general or organic 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.




Plans, develops, and directs the activities of laboratory assistants and student assistants.


Performs staff management activities to include recruitment, performance evaluations, scheduling, and handling of disciplinary issues.


Assists with the establishment of standard laboratory policies and procedures for general or organic chemistry.


Trains chemistry lab staff in all policies and procedures. Revises and maintains lab preparation, equipment, and safety protocols for general or organic chemistry.


Consults with supervisor on the nature and objectives of the general or organic chemistry instructional design goals. Consults with supervisor regarding the schedule and content of the general or organic chemistry lab courses.


Recommends adaptions and modifications to general or organic chemistry procedures and equipment as new techniques.


Ensures regulatory compliance relative to safety for general or organic chemistry courses; provides for staff training in equipment use and safety protocols. Maintains general or organic chemistry SDS binders. Advises staff and lab instructors regarding issues of chemical safety in general or organic chemistry.


Acts as an emergency contact for issues arising from the general or organic chemistry instructional labs and lab preparation. Responds to incidents within the general or organic chemistry teaching labs or preparation areas at any time to assess the situation, provide needed assistance, and/or take charge of an emergency situation as needed. Reports all incidents to supervisor and/or the proper campus agencies.


Conducts weekly general or organic chemistry TA meetings; conveys information to the TAs appropriate for upcoming labs. Consults with academic supervisors or professional researchers on the nature and objectives of the general or organic chemistry instructional design goals.


Provides maintenance and repair of chemistry equipment. Schedules regular checks and cleaning of equipment for routine maintenance. Establishes cleaning protocols for equipment.


Provides direct lab support for general or organic chemistry undergraduate labs, including making chemical solutions, setting up the lab, being available during lab, and tearing down the lab. Provides direct lab support for other chemistry instructional labs as needed.


Inspects general or organic chemistry lab facilities as needed for safety compliance. Ensures proper storage of chemicals and hazardous waste for general or organic chemistry.


Inspects general chemistry facilities as needed for building issues. Submits repair requests to Physical Plant and maintains request records. Advises supervisor on improvements of general or organic chemistry equipment and facilities within the teaching laboratories, prep rooms, and storage.


Performs general or organic chemistry inventory planning and purchasing. Oversees the maintenance of adequate stocks of materials for general or organic chemistry laboratories and preparation areas. Research equipment purchases for general or organic chemistry instructional labs. Follow proper procedures for the receipt and storage of chemicals and regulated materials.


Coordinate general or organic chemistry demonstration requests from faculty and instructors.


Prepare chemicals, solutions, and equipment for lecture demos. Train faculty and instructors in the use of the demonstration chemicals and equipment. Keep records of demos for subsequent usage.






Bachelor's degree in chemistry or other closely related field and 2 years of lab support, instructional lab management, or lab supervision experience, or a combination of education and experience as outlined.


Master's degree or equivalent education in chemistry or other related physical science. (Preferred)


This position does not sponsor work related visas.




Demonstrated experience in general or organic laboratory skills, including safe laboratory practices and making chemical solutions.


Demonstrated experience in specialized laboratory skills, including conducting chemical reactions/titrations and running various instrumentation.


Knowledge of the use and troubleshooting of laboratory equipment including, but not limited to, pH meters, visible spectrometers, digital multimeters, micro burners, and computers.


Experience in maintaining chemical and supply stocks.


Knowledge of the different chemical classes for incompatibilities in storage and waste.


Ability to adapt laboratory procedures in a clear and concise manner to correct equipment or materials issues.


Excellent computer skills including but not limited to, creating spreadsheets and reports using MS Word, MS Excel, and web-based programs for use among prep staff and within the department.


Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in both oral and written English with vendors, faculty, instructors, staff, and students.


Manual dexterity to handle small or sensitive pieces of equipment and hazardous chemicals.


Demonstrated exceptional organizational and time management skills to prioritize work for self and others.


Knowledge to research standard and uncommon laboratory reference materials, including but not limited to, SDS's, vendor websites, and EH&S personnel, to determine and write up safe handling methods for potentially hazardous materials.


Ability to maintain confidentiality and practice ethical standards.


Must possess or be able to attain a valid California driver's license.


Background Check


Background check and fingerprinting will be required.


Policy Statement


How to Apply:


An online application is required for each position to apply. The University of California, Merced is aware that some web-based application processes may be cumbersome for differently abled applicants. Where appropriate, alternative accommodations will be provided. For applicants with disabilities who need additional assistance using TAM, or reasonable accommodations during the interview or search process, please contact


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