General Chemistry Labs Manager

The Manager, General Chemistry Labs will oversee the undergraduate laboratories.  The incumbent will teach as well as manage the Teaching Assistants as they carry out lab assignments.  The Manager will develop and troubleshoot new lab experiments, prepare and maintain laboratory inventory and assist faculty members in all aspects of the general chemistry curriculum.


Works with faculty and acts as the Manager in the Introductory Chemistry Laboratories

  • Oversees the preparation of the lab syllabus, lab briefing, pre-lab quizzes and lab grading materials
  • Distributes appropriate materials to assigned course Instructors and Teaching Assistants (TA's); posts materials on Coursesite as appropriate
  • Coordinates the schedule of laboratory experiments with course Instructors and TA's
  • Administers course policy for the lab portion of the courses
  • Writes, posts and monitors automatic grading for online pre-lab quizzes on Coursesite
  • Coordinates make-up labs in accordance with individual course policies
  • Helps grade hour exams and the final exam in appropriate courses

Coordinates grading of lab reports and monitors the performance of students and TA's

  • Carries out training of TA's in teaching and grading responsibilities
  • Oversees grading and record keeping for the laboratory component for each course
  • Tallies lab grades and reports them to the Instructor-of-Record
  • Completes performance appraisals for undergraduate student employees and TA's in the lab portion of the courses
  • Addresses student complaints and resolves grading issues in the lab portion of the courses
  • Deals with academic dishonesty issues in the lab portion of the courses
  • Spot checks TA's grading of lab reports to maintain grading standards

Oversees the preparation and distribution of materials and equipment for each experiment

  • Coordinates sharing of equipment among labs and courses
  • Holds weekly TA meetings to distribute and discuss course materials
  • Posts appropriate materials on Coursesite for each course in a timely manner
  • Prepares chemicals as needed and prepares labs for the experiments in terms of both chemicals and equipment

Prepares and maintains inventory

  • Arranges for repair/servicing of laboratory instruments in consultation with the Director of Chemical Instrumentation
  • Deals with chemical waste disposal
  • Orders supplies as needed
  • Prepares and maintains inventory of chemicals, glassware and expendable materials
  • Ensures that necessary instruments are operational for all experiments
  • Ensures that TA's are trained in the operation of these instruments
  • Coordinates with Library and Technology Services for computer updates, network access, and corrective actions as needed

Develops and implements new experiments for the courses assigned

  • Participates in the revision of laboratory experiments and other documents
  • Participates on committees and in writing grants to support the laboratories
  • Researches, develops and implements new experiments for the courses assigned
  • Serves on Department of Chemistry Committees as requested

Assumes responsibility for safety issues in the courses assigned

  • Trains TA's in safety procedures for particular experiments
  • Teaches TA's and students where safety equipment is located in the laboratories
  • Ensures safety rules are being obeyed by students and safety rules are enforced by TA's
  • Aids in injuries; contacts campus police if injuries are serious; completes accident reports


  • Master's Degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • One to three years related work experience
  • Work in any chemistry-related academic laboratory is preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing ability, organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Solid analytical, decision making and problem solving skills
  • Solid computer skills with experience using word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, county and national criminal background checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance.  Based upon the requirements of the position Lehigh may also request credit history reports, motor vehicle checks and professional license/certification verification

Special Considerations:

  • Will nearly continuously be required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk or hear
  • Will often be required to lift up to 25 pounds, work in areas with fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Will occasionally be required to sit, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, lift up to 50 pounds, work with explosives, in areas with risk of radiation or vibration
  • Will work a variable shift based on courses assigned

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a detailed statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference. All materials must be submitted electronically at: . For additional information contact Professor David Vicic, Committee Chair, at For more information about the department please see:

Review of applications will begin October 16 and continue until the position is filled. Lehigh University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and applications from and nominations of women and minority candidates are highly encouraged.