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Undergraduate Teaching Lab Support

The University of Chicago

Job Description


PSD Chemistry: Faculty Support

About the Department

One of the first departments founded at the University of Chicago was the Department of Chemistry. Since its inception, the Department of Chemistry has embodied the University's central mission of excellence in both research and teaching. The University of Chicago has been the recipient of more than 73 Nobel Prize recipients, 15 of which came from the Department of Chemistry. Our current faculty has considerable strength in inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as in interdisciplinary research that delves into biology, physics, and materials science. The Department is a community of over 500, including faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars and staff. Our academic support group operates the graduate and undergraduate educational programs for the department, including 900 undergraduate Chemistry majors and nearly 300 graduate students. Close student-faculty interactions have been a hallmark of our Department for over a century. These have fostered a unique intellectual environment that both ensures superb graduate education and continues to produce important and exciting scientific discoveries.

Job Summary

Supports instruction in teaching laboratories, constructs, tests, operates, and/or maintains laboratory or instructional equipment. Runs equipment stockroom. Cleans and stocks instructional laboratories.


  • Cleans and stocks instructional laboratories.
  • Orders and stocks glassware inventory. 
  • Maintains student key inventory.
  • Maintains records of student glassware breakage.
  • Return empty reagent/chemical bottles to lab manager.  Stock laboratories with needed chemicals (provided by lab manager).
  • Carries out daily spot checks on common equipment in the labs: i.e. make sure common equipment such as hotplates and clamps are put away; and make sure all hoods and parts therein are functioning properly.
  • Removes chemical waste from labs every morning.
  • Supplies laboratories with extra chemicals/solvents/glassware/equipment during laboratory hours on an on-need basis. This includes being available in the stockroom during scheduled hours to replace any glassware or equipment.
  • Prepares and tests lecture demonstrations to ensure consistency with course content. Works with faculty or staff to determine the suitability of demonstrations for specific lectures.
  • Recommends improvements on existing demonstrations. Assists with creating manuals, syllabi, and other instructional materials. Maintains and documents the use of demonstration equipment or materials.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in the science field.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel.

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to train others.
  • Knowledge of relevant laboratory equipment.
  • Knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and safety requirements.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of computers and relevant software.
  • Knowledge of research techniques or methods.
  • Ability to construct relevant instructional equipment.

Application Documents

  • Cover letter (required)
  • Resume (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Academic Affairs

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward .
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.


Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.


We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.


All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.


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