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Dabney Lab Manager and Chemistry Safety Officer

North Carolina State University - Department of Chemistry
Raleigh, North Carolina
Commensurate with credentials, qualifications and experience
Closing date
Nov 5, 2022

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Laboratory, Management-Laboratory, Teaching-Graduate
Job Type
Full time
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The Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University seeks to fill the Dabney Lab Manager and Chemistry Safety Officer position.

The Department of Chemistry provides professional education for chemists at the undergraduate and graduate levels; teaches basic chemistry courses, which are needed by students enrolled in other department programs; advances the discipline of chemistry by conducting research; and serves the public by sharing information about chemistry through a variety of mechanisms and services. For more information on the department, please visit:

The College of Sciences aims at creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable working environment. This position will be expected to foster an environment that is supportive, welcoming of all groups, and abides by our culture charter’s cultural and behavioral aspirations. Please visit for more information on the College of Sciences Culture Charter.

The duties as the Dabney Laboratory Manager include, but are not limited to the following:

• Manage the preparation of chemicals and solutions for the Analytical, Synthesis, andMeasurements labs.

• Manage the setup of the Analytical, Synthesis, and Measurements experiments for the courseslisted above. These labs operate over 3 rooms with a total of approximately ~10-13 lab sectionsin each of the fall and spring semesters and 1-2 lab sections in Summer Session I.

• Maintain inventory and purchase necessary chemicals and supplies.

• Ensure each lab has functioning equipment and adequate supplies for student experiments. Theequipment currently includes instrumentation for spectroscopic, chromatographic,electrochemical, and thermal analysis.

• Ensure computer issues are reported and repaired in a timely manner.

• Assure compliance with lab safety policies including proper PPE and waste handling.

• Manage the collection and disposal of waste.

• Assist in the planning of laboratory experiments and scheduling. Assist in the setting of laboratorypolicy.

• Cooperatively organize and participate in the training of teaching assistants. Respond to TAquestions regarding equipment, experiments and lab administration. There are ~ 8-12 TAs ineach of the fall and spring semesters and ~1-2 TAs over the first summer session.

• Contribute to improvements and updates of experiments, lab-related equipment and safetyprotocols.

• Maintain communication with all faculty instructors of record for each lab and each teachingassistant.

The duties as the Chemistry Safety Officer include, but are not limited to the following:

• Manage Lab Safety Officer program.

• Interface with EH&S as one of two primary points of contact.

• Consult on: safety plans, lab coats, lab inspections, haz reviews, odor reports, spill kits, SOPs.

• Investigate and write lessons learned reports of accidents and near misses.

• Maintain safety pages on department website and shared google drives.

• Conduct new graduate student and postdoc orientation safety training. Coordinate Moodle coursefor safety training as needed.

• Dispose of broken glass.

• Research topics and vet external contractors as requested by Associate Head.

• Maintain database of training record summaries, building marshals, undergrad researchers, and biological use authorizations.

• Dispose of legacy chemicals, fridges, and advise on glovebox cleanouts as needed.

• Write and/or implement Safety Moments (under rebranding to SIDW talks).

• Assist with mentoring guide materials about safety.

• Perform anemometer readings on fume hoods as requested.

• Serve on safety committees at all levels. Assist Associate Head with writing department safety committee meeting agendas and take meeting notes.

• Communicate regularly with the Associate Head and department on safety matters.

The minimum education required is a Master’s of Science degree. Preferred qualifications include being a Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer and having two or more years of experience in an organic chemistry laboratory and/or instrumentation laboratories.

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NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit. NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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