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Chemistry Technician

Carleton College
Northfield, Minnesota
Commensurate with Education and Experience
Closing date
Mar 14, 2024

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Field of specialization
General / Technical
Work Function
Health / Safety, Management-Laboratory
Job Type
Full time

Job Details

Schedule: Full-time September through June, flexible half-time during July and August. 

Position Overview:

This position (0.92 FTE) is the co-manager of the Chemistry stockroom, who broadly oversees the department’s teaching and research laboratories, and trains, supervises, and evaluates student employees. The Technician prepares for Chemistry teaching laboratory experiments, maintains and calibrates instruments relevant to those experiments, partners with faculty and the Chemistry Laboratory Manager to test and implement new teaching laboratory experiments, and supports laboratory troubleshooting for the department’s faculty and laboratory students.

Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Lab Manager in overseeing the chemical stockroom, developing and implementing strategies for maintaining the inventory, purchasing equipment and chemicals, and supporting safe practices in the Chemistry Department laboratories.
  • With the Lab Manager, share responsibility for preparing Chemistry Department teaching laboratories, including consulting and strategizing with faculty before the term to prepare experiments, preparing and set out reagents, glassware, and equipment for use in laboratory, coordinating with faculty and the Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) to develop protocols for waste collection and removal, and troubleshooting any problems that arise during the laboratory meeting. This work is performed with support from Chemistry Department student employees.
  • Instruct, supervise and evaluate student stockroom employees.
  • Maintain, calibrate, and troubleshoot instruments used for teaching laboratory experiments.
  • Assume the Lab Manager’s duties during periods of the Lab Manager’s absence.

Additional Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve on the Chemistry Department Safety Committee.

Describe Supervision Received and Exercised:

This position will hire, train and supervise student assistants and will perform student worker evaluations.

Education/Experience/Skills (supported by job duties):


  • Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of 2 years college chemistry, including General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.
  • Minimum of 3-4 years of related experience working in a chemical laboratory setting required. Experience, or interest in, teaching students required.
  • Supervisory and leadership skills:
    • Ability to manage a hectic, demanding work environment with poise.
    • Ability to take charge of urgent situations.
    • Ability to analyze situations, use common sense, apply knowledge base, and make sound judgments to solve problems and develop creative solutions to issues.
    • Ability to train, assign appropriate tasks to, supervise, and evaluate student workers.
    • Ability to interact and negotiate productively with diverse stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and students
  • Must practice good laboratory techniques, maintain a clean, safe work environment, and teach these practices to student workers.
  • Ability to properly prepare a variety of reagents, including precise analytical standard reagents, and to properly work with a large variety of hazardous materials and assess/minimize risks associated with those materials.
  • Ability to interpret and translate Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information into laboratory chemical safety information.
  • Understanding of best practices related to chemical hygiene, and ability to coordinate with multiple stakeholders (faculty, lab manager, and CHO) to develop and implement best practices.
  • Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and image creation/manipulation software programs.
  • Ability to work independently, work under pressure, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines, work cooperatively with others, and manage and direct concurrent multiple tasks.
  • Must possess initiative, a strong work ethic, motivation, and have the desire to improve one’s work environment and the laboratory experience for students. Must have the desire to learn new skills and information, such as the operation and troubleshooting of sophisticated laboratory equipment, and demonstrate ability to utilize available structural and personnel resources to support new skills development.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.


  • Experience working with and maintaining instrumentation relevant to chemistry laboratories.

Physical demands or Working Environment requirements:

  • Job requires some repetitive lifting of average weight objects, an occasional requirement to lift heavy objects (50 lbs.).
  • Work involves exposure to potentially dangerous situations/chemicals, environmental issues that require a range of safety and other precautions.

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive.  Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a non-exempt level position. The selected finalist’s salary will be based on the candidate’s qualifications, internal pay structure, and our overall compensation package. Carleton offers a generous benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plans with a 10% employer contribution with immediate vesting, a health savings account with college contribution, a generous paid time off, as well as access to many other campus amenities.

Carleton College is an AA/EEO employer:

We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Carleton College is a highly selective liberal arts college with approximately 2000 students located 40 miles south of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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