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Job ID: 123792

Chemistry and Physics Laboratory Manager
Simmons University

Date Posted May 24, 2019
Title Chemistry and Physics Laboratory Manager
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Chemistry - General
    Chemistry - Physical
    Physics - General

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.

You're joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You'll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace.

Job Description
Simmons University is looking for a Chemistry Laboratory manager to join the Department of Chemistry and Physics in the College of Natural and Behavioral Health Sciences. Reporting to the Department Co-Chair, the Chemistry Laboratory Manager will be responsible for the management of the scientific materials and undergraduate laboratory. From managing the chemical stockroom, equipment, and instrumentation used in the teaching laboratories, to hiring and training student teaching assistants, the Chemistry Laboratory manager will be responsible for the overall chemical safety in the Department.


Lab Operations
  • Manage the chemical and supplies inventory, maintaining an accurate record of chemicals used in the teaching and research laboratories;
  • Source and purchase equipment, materials, and chemicals as needed;
  • Maintain an inventory of materials safety data sheets (MSDS);
  • Generate reports for safety inspection and internal and external reporting of holdings;
  • Maintain an inventory of chemical and equipment (clean glassware, gloves, etc.), supporting teaching laboratory experiments within budget guidelines;
  • Maintain the college Chemical Hygiene Plan for the department;
  • Train new TA's, adjunct and full time faculty in safety training;
  • Develop a test for individuals working in lab to take prior to working in the lab;
  • Keep a record of all chemical incidents;
  • Keep a weekly check on all the satellite waste stations;
  • Draft reports and conduct safety audits to ensure safety protocols are being followed;
  • Coordinate chemical waste management, finding the most cost effective and safest way to remove chemical waste;
  • Perform routine maintenance on scientific equipment;
  • Maintain relationships with equipment companies;
  • Communicate with technicians to ensure equipment is properly maintained and repaired.

Academic Support and Management
  • Supervise students preparing set-up chemicals and supplies, ensuring that all the preparation for labs are ready and done correctly;
  • Run preliminary tests on selected reagents and equipment, assuring proper chemical response and functioning of equipment;
  • Work with faculty to determine the equipment, supplies, and chemicals required for each laboratory program, including the detailed procedures and lists of solutions, apparatus, and materials for all first-year and second-year laboratories;
  • Hire and supervise students to maintain cleanliness of all labs, and set-up of all laboratory equipment drawers before the start of each semester.
  • Manage the hiring, training, and supervising of all students involved in laboratory and course support functions including teaching assistants (TAs), set-up students, study group leaders, and tutors;
  • Give formative and summative assessment of student TA and Set-up performance;
  • Other responsibilities as necessary.

  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific field required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in safe laboratory practices and a working knowledge of state and federal safety regulations pertaining to chemical and equipment usage and disposal;
  • Previous experience managing Undergraduate chemical laboratory stockroom required.

Required Application Materials:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Salary Grade

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

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