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Laboratory Coordinator I

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req8907

Department: Chemistry & Biochemistry - Sci

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Chemistry and Biochemistry department is looking for a Laboratory Coordinator I to work in the Instructional Laboratory Support Group. This is a technical support position - not a teaching position. The selected candidate should have experience in supporting college-level teaching labs with a working knowledge of general and organic laboratory methods, resource allocation, laboratory safety/best practice and chemical nomenclature. Customer service skills are highly valued, especially a capacity to resolve stressful situations, solid listening skills, ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population, maintaining a professional, calm demeanor and having due consideration of others (cultures, situation, etc.).

We are a large-scale operation serving several thousand students each semester with approximately a hundred teaching assistants. Excellent organization skills, an attention to detail, ability to prioritize, multi-task and self-manage are a must. Being a chemistry teaching laboratory, safety is paramount - outstanding attention to correct safety practices and recognition/correction of unsafe situations is expected. The position also requires an ability to manage student assistants in the changeover process (clear communication, follow-up, safe practices, effective use of student time, etc.), as well as constructively interacting with two dozen or more student assistants in shifts supporting the labs.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform large-scale changeover of teaching laboratory
    chemistry experiments on a weekly basis. This includes staging resources during
    the week, daily check of experimental materials and equipment in the operating instructional
    labs and managing student assistants in
    the changeover process.
  • Training, supporting, and evaluating teaching
    assistants running the lab sections throughout the semester.
  • Support of the
    instructional laboratories while in operation which typically involves interacting
    with TAs and student assistants in under highly time sensitive conditions,
    managing emergencies, enforcing policies, ensuring the
    teaching labs are clean and organized, and
    efficiently maintaining/troubleshooting teaching laboratory instruments and
  • A full range of motion is necessary,
    from squatting and working near the floor level to removing/placing items on
    shelves above head-height,lift bulky items, to leaning forward over lab benches for extended
    periods. During the actual changeover process, standing on concrete floors for
    hours are inevitable. The tasks can be highly manual, repetitive, and must be
    executed with consistency and accuracy.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. in a chemistry-related field.
  • 1 year of relevant work experience is required
  • Must be able to work a minimum of one
    night shift per week and occasionally on weekends.

Physical Requirements:

  • A full range of motion is necessary, from squatting
    and working near the floor level to removing/placing items on shelves above
    head-height, lift bulky items, to leaning forward over lab benches for extended
    periods. During the actual changeover process, standing on concrete floors for
    hours are inevitable.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with training, supporting, and evaluating teaching assistants in the implementation of college-level chemistry laboratory curricula.
  • Experience developing college-level chemistry laboratory experiments/projects and evaluating outcomes.
  • Experience with supporting multiple instructional lab courses on a large scale.
  • Experience with maintaining/troubleshooting general and organic chemistry laboratory instruments (GC, GC-MS, FT-IR, NMR, UV-vis and Vis-NIR, etc.).
  • Experience with laboratory software such as Logger Pro, MestreNova, GCsolutions, OMNIC, etc.
  • Experience with Word and Excel.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $38,900 - $44,000 DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Research & Lab

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Mark Yanagihashi

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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