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The Department of Chemistry houses and supports UC Berkeley's chemistry curriculum and research.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 04/17/2023.
Under general supervision, manage a lab of 10 - 15 staff.
Hire, monitor, schedule, and evaluate staff members.
Ensure appropriate staffing during all lab periods.
Train staff in established and new techniques.
Advise on problems that staff are unable to solve.
Ensure compliance with applicable environmental, health, and safety procedures and regulations.
Write and update standard operating procedures for equipment and instruments, including safety and chemical/waste handling and disposal.
Discuss and enforce Standard Operating procedures and safety compliance with GSIs and students.
Maintain necessary records for the facility and instrumentation; including the chemical inventory database, safety compliance, and maintenance records.
Ensure staff is appropriately trained in safety and emergency procedures.
Maintain and manage course material fees spending and budget.
Work with faculty and staff to schedule lab sections and identify best schedule and location for labs of different courses.
Identify and implement ways to track expenses by courses.
Maintain accurate records of expenses and investigate options for procuring less expensive chemicals and supplies.
Consults with instructors with the development of new materials or procedures.
Collaborate with instructors and contribute original ideas during the development process.
Assist faculty/instructors in troubleshooting existing experiments.
Assist faculty/instructors with use of instruments and development of data for class use.
Advise faculty and instructors on experimental costs.
Devise ways to minimize amounts of chemicals used. Coordinate with College Shops to design, fabricate, and maintain special apparatus.
Coordinate with faculty to identify course equipment needs; research and provide information on options.
Curate digital/online lab inventory.
Consult with instructors on the nature and general plan of approach for general chemistry experiments.
Evaluate and revise experimental techniques and procedures based on learning goals and potential for large-scale deployment.
Responsible for maintaining general chemistry ISF inventory; including purchasing, receiving, storing and distributing glassware, equipment, and supplies.
Work with Extension Office personnel in planning and scheduling use of general chemistry laboratory facility.
Liaise with extension teaching staff to ensure safe and appropriate use of facilities during extension labs.
Determine instruments, chemicals, equipment, and supplies needed for courses each semester based on established experiment procedures and relevant documentation.
Estimates, orders, and organizes all chemicals used for courses each semester.
Verifies satisfactory operating conditions of the laboratory and ISF equipment.
Prepares and test each experiment to ensure it is working as designed.
Provides routine cleaning and maintenance of laboratory rooms and the restocking and distribution of chemicals, supplies, and equipment.
Cooperate with faculty/instructors to plan and implement experimental improvements or updates to experiments.
Provide faculty/instructors recommendations on lab lessons for their course syllabi.
Train and assist GSIs and students in experiments and procedures.
Provide scientific and technical assistance to students and GSIs.
Coordinate with other ISF supervisors to ensure optimal usage of shared equipment.
Support course instructors during lab cancellations by providing digital lab links and materials.
Provide support and coverage for other stockroom supervisors and teams when necessary.
Train other staff personnel in techniques and procedures specific to the General Chemistry Stockroom.
Collaborate with other stockroom supervisors on inventory management, safety policies, and stockroom management.
Chemical and technical knowledge, for overseeing undergraduate chemistry labs and the general chemistry stockroom/instructional laboratory facility.
Analytical instrumentation capabilities and knowledge for maintaining and troubleshooting department instrumentation.
Familiarity with EH&S regulations, chemical management, and waste disposal regulations and procedures.
Skills in judgements and independent thinking.
Oral and written communication skills; interpersonal and presentation skills.
Ability to communicate information in small and large group settings.
Problem solving and organizational skills.
Multicultural competencies, knowledge and experience working and interacting with diverse groups of staff, faculty, and student populations.
Proven ability to organize unit work functions in an efficient and effective manner.
Experience in supervision and administration or chemical instruction facilities.
BS or equivalent in chemistry or related discipline, with advanced studies beneficial and/or equivalent training/experience.
Advanced chemical technical knowledge and advanced analytical instrumentation capabilities.
Bacteria and/or algae culturing experience.
Digital lab development: Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Google Sites.
Instructional course development for high-scale deployment.
Prior related experience.
Salary & Benefits
This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University please visit:
Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $67,441.09 (step 5) - $80,586.64 (step 14).
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
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