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Posting ID 3165
Date Posting Closes - External 7/22/2013
Position Title Lab Co-ordinator (Chemistry)
Department Chemistry
Job Type Full-time, Limited Term
Campus Waterloo
Reports To Chair, Chemistry and Administrative Manager
Position Summary The Lab Co-ordinator (Chemistry) is responsible for the planning, implementation and oversight of assigned labs and/or tutorials for Chemistry (CH) courses offered through the Department of Chemistry, and for technical support of the Chemistry laboratories as required. Normally, the Lab Co-ordinator will be assigned approximately 60-65% to Lab Co-ordination and 35-40% to Technical Support of the Chemistry labs, but these proportions may vary depending on the department’s needs in any given year. S/he is accountable to the faculty members associated with the courses for which s/he is assigned including ensuring safe laboratory practices. The Lab Co-ordinator is responsible for tracking current advances in pedagogy and pedagogical technology as they relate to delivery of laboratory content and, in consultation with the other Lab Co-ordinators and relevant faculty members, implementing such advances in the design, development, evaluation and revision of lab exercises, experiments and tutorials for the assigned courses. The Lab Co-ordinator will aim to ensure that such activities contribute to the educational goals of the Department’s programs, and facilitate the Department’s long-term goal of “greening” the laboratory curriculum. S/he develops and/or revises laboratory manuals, study guides, assignments and lab tests to support lab and lecture content, trains and supervises graduate Teaching Assistants and/or undergraduate Instructional Assistants as assigned to instruct or provide support for labs and/or tutorials in these courses. In addition, s/he provides technical support for the labs by preparing the chemicals and instrumentation, and providing technical advice to graduate Teaching Assistants, undergraduate Instructional Assistants and undergraduate students.
Accountabilities • In consultation with relevant faculty members and the other Lab Co-ordinators when necessary, prepares course materials for delivery in labs and/or in tutorials; develops and produces lab manuals, study guides, assignments, in-lab lectures, tutorial outlines, experiments, lab quizzes, or other relevant tasks, and tests to support lecture and lab/tutorial content; routinely reviews and updates this material to reflect current laboratory practice
• In consultation with faculty members, and the other Lab Co-ordinators when necessary, advises the Administrative Assistant on the number of TAs, IAs, and markers required for specific courses
• In co-operation with the Department’s other Lab Co-ordinators, and in consultation with the relevant faculty member(s), prepares and distributes application forms and hires graduate Teaching Assistants and undergraduate Instructional Assistants
• Trains, supervises and counsels graduate student Teaching Assistants and undergraduate student Instructional Assistants in the designated courses
• Holds regular meetings and office hours to assist and tutor undergraduate students, Instructional Assistants and Teaching Assistants, as needed
• Establishes marking criteria for lab exercises, lab reports, lab notebooks, tutorial assignments, as well as for lab or tutorial quizzes and tests; evaluates methods and results to ensure uniform and fair practices; oversees marking by TAs and IAs, as required
• Supports TAs and IAs in the development of professional work habits and skills, and efficient use of resources; pedagogical objectives include improving student skill in tackling problems, relating to and working with peers, time management, choosing efficient teaching and learning techniques, and developing structured approaches
• Oversees the management of Departmental equipment and facilities used in the assigned courses, including development and maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the safe use of the relevant equipment and facilities; ensures that equipment is functioning well for lab sessions; provides or arranges for maintenance, storage, and inventory of laboratory equipment
• May be required to assist with senior student projects
• In consultation with faculty members and the other Lab Co-ordinators in the Department advises the Chief Technician on chemicals, materials and equipment purchases required to create or update lab experiments
• Provides all the technical support and training and conducts preparation, setup and take down for undergraduate labs
• Ensures that equipment is functioning well for lab sessions; provides or arranges for maintenance, storage, and inventory of lab equipment
• Conducts basic diagnostic procedures on teaching equipment in need of repair, for example, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis systems, HPLC, pH meters, incubators
• Develops and maintains samples and solutions for use in undergraduate labs, for example, buffers, protein and DNA solutions, and analytical samples
• In cooperation with the SHERM Office, develops and maintains a web-based training program for TAs and IAs who are assigned to work in the courses for which the Lab Co-ordinator is responsible; enforces applicable safety regulations and procedures in lab
• Assists in the preparation for Biochemistry labs and/or tutorials as required by the departmental needs

Qualifications General qualifications
• Master of Science in Chemistry or Biochemistry with two (2) years work related experience and demonstrated research background in related areas
• Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with faculty, staff, students and technical personnel on a wide range of issues; excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Pedagogical skills in optimizing the operation and educational value of formal chemistry labs and tutorials; proven skills in authoring and editing manuals for labs and tutorials, and in developing lab and tutorial exercises and evaluating methodology
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, with well-developed team management, organizational and leadership skills
• Proven time management and organizational skills; ability to set priorities, work independently, and meet deadlines
• Exceptional attention to detail
• Supervisory experience a definite asset, including the ability to train and manage graduate TAs and undergraduate IAs
Specific qualifications
• Broad knowledge of introductory chemistry, physical and analytical chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry
• In-depth knowledge of the current state of modern laboratory techniques in Chemistry
• Experience with standard laboratory equipment used in undergraduate Chemistry teaching labs
• Experience in the preparation of media and buffers for Chemistry labs
• Familiarity with relevant safety legislation and policies
Grade WLUSA-11
Salary $37.81-$44.50
Salary Notes *This is a full-time, limited term from August 15/13 to June 15/14.

Hours of Work: The normal hours of work are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. However, flexibility in hours to work evenings may be required for labs. The manager will adjust the schedule when possible to ensure no more than 35 hours per week is worked.
Please Note

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.


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