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Vanderbilt University Lab Teaching Assistant, Chemistry in Nashville, Tennessee

Lab Teaching Assistant, Chemistry (Job Number: 2001013)


The Laboratory Teaching Assistant is part of the Chemistry Department teaching staff at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for the management and functionality of the undergraduate analytical chemistry laboratories. This position includes preparing laboratories for students, maintaining safety guidelines for the lab, and working with the laboratory professor to fulfill the needs of classes.

Chemistry is the intellectual home to over 250 students, post-docs, and faculty members working in a wide range of specializations, as well as the interdisciplinary fields of chemical biology, structural biology, molecular toxicology, materials chemistry, and nanotechnology. Close collaboration with the School of Medicine, School of Engineering and other departments within the College of Arts and Science-particularly the departments of biological sciences and physics--provides valuable opportunities to not only excel in the traditional disciplines of chemistry but also investigate the many ways that chemistry intersects with other fields.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares reagents and solutions for specialized undergraduate instructional laboratories.

  • Prepares, sets up and issues materials and equipment for use in student laboratory demonstrations, experiments, exercises and exams; assists in the operation and maintenance of instructional labs; participates in the planning and implementation of lab exercises and experiments; implements new or modified policies and procedures as required; prepares special instructions for non-routine and complex assignments

  • Demonstrates the safe and proper use of laboratory equipment and hazardous materials. Prepares, tests, adjusts, modifies, performs routine maintenance on and calibrates a variety of technical laboratory equipment; trouble-shoots equipment and makes minor repairs or arranges for service repair.

  • Constructs, adapts, tests and maintains equipment, interface computer systems and apparatus used in the laboratory.

  • Administrative oversight of class rolls, TA evaluations, course equipment damages, laboratory assignments, FWSP assistance. Assist faculty laboratory supervisor with course development

  • Acts as substitute laboratory staff support for current Senior Laboratory Teaching Assistants during summer vacations/absences.

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Bachelor in Chemistry, biology, or chemical engineering is necessary.

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in academic/privet sector is laboratory environment is strongly preferred.

  • Candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills and work efficiently with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 12520 - Chemistry

Job: Research / Lab Tech / Paraprofessional

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action