Lab Coordinator: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo, ON (22 days ago)

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Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni. Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto. Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Lab Coordinator: Chemistry and Biochemistry (.8 FTE with summer lay-off).
At Laurier, we are a community. Its’ what brings our students here and what keeps our people here. As an educational institution, we inspire lives of leadership and purpose in our student community. As an employer, we seek, foster and value the same qualities of leadership and purpose in our employee community. We currently have an opportunity for you to join the Laurier community as a Laboratory Coordinator within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Reporting to the Chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, the Lab Coordinator 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 Biochemistry, and for technical support of the Chemistry laboratories as required. The incumbent consults with course instructors to ensure that the lab exercises or tutorials support the learning objectives of the courses and the academic integrity policies of the University.

The Lab Coordinator works independently and is responsible for ensuring safe laboratory practices in the undergraduate courses for which they are responsible. The Lab Coordinator is responsible for tracking current advances in pedagogy and pedagogical technology as they relate to delivery of laboratory content. In consultation with the other Lab Coordinators and relevant faculty members, the incumbent will implement these identified advances in the design, development, evaluation and revision of lab exercises, experiments and tutorials for the assigned courses.

The Lab Coordinator 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. They develop 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, they may be requested to provide 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.

The normal hours of work are Monday to Friday, including evening labs. The manager will adjust the schedule when possible to ensure no more than 28 hours per week are worked. This position has an 8 week summer lay-off period to be determined by the Department Chair.


Lab and Tutorial Development and Execution

In consultation with relevant faculty members, and the other Lab Coordinators 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

Selection and Supervision of TA/IA

In consultation with faculty members, and the other Lab Coordinators 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 Coordinators, 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

Administrative Duties:
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 Coordinators in the Department, advises the Chief Technician on chemicals, materials and equipment purchases required to create or update lab experiments,
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,
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 Coordinator is responsible; enforces applicable safety regulations and procedures in lab,

Master of Science in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a cognate discipline, 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, including the ability to train and manage graduate TAs and undergraduate IAs,
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,
Familiarity with relevant safety legislation and policies