The Department of Chemistry and Physics at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is looking for an Academic Support Specialist I to provide laboratory management, supervise student workers in the laboratory, and support to the academic program of the Department. This position ensures laboratories are organized to host the 1,500 students registered each semester for selected 1000-, 2000-, and 3000- level laboratory chemistry classes (primarily General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry). Additional duties include managing the department's summer Undergraduate Research Program and monitoring the operation of laboratory equipment in assigned courses.
This position will: assist department Administrative Specialist II; manage and process student worker (teaching assistant, peer tutors, summer research assistants) pay sheets, resolve pay inquiries, process new student worker paperwork, assist in recruiting teaching assistants, hire, schedule and train laboratory student workers and peer leaders (CHEM, PHYS, ASTR, GNSC), in coordination with the course instructors; ensure that chemicals and solutions and prepared for selected 1000-, 2000-, and 3000- level chemistry labs and assist with equipment maintenance in the chemistry laboratory courses, in coordination with the Laboratory Directors; manage inventory and keep organized the laboratory stockrooms for chemistry courses; send lists of needed items to the Laboratory Coordinator for ordering and inform the Laboratory Coordinator of needed repairs; assist Department Head with managing activities for summer undergraduate research program.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
Knowledge in quantitative analysis and two semesters of organic chemistry (with lab) or its equivalent in work related experience.
Skills in the setup and preparation for over 20 lower and upper-division laboratory sections. Requires the abilities to teach and manage student workers assisting in departmental labs regarding experiments and safety.
Ability to quickly familiarize and keep up with the specific lab experiments and procedures used by students in lab and the chemicals as well as equipment needed by the lab instructor of assigned lower and upper-division laboratory courses.
Knowledge of chemistry and related disciplines.
Ability to manage the organization of high student-number laboratory experiments as well as familiarity with educational aspects of the experiments.
Review of applications will begin on May 31, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will receive priority consideration.
Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or related field; minimum of one year of relevant experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Three years of relevant experience.
Application Procedures: Applicants should prepare to submit the following information within our online application system for consideration:
Cover letter/letter of interest
CV, including up-to-date, personal contact information (email, phone, etc.)
Arrange for three recommendation letters to be submitted.
Internal Number: 217940
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