Chemistry Laboratory Instructional Support Technician


Chemistry Laboratory Instructional Support Technician

Drew University is seeking a Chemistry Laboratory Instructional Support Technician in the Chemistry Department. This is a full-time, 10-month, non-exempt position with the expectation of at least one evening per week to support evening labs when necessary.  This role will provide technical support for the the teaching laboratories to ensure smooth operations. Anticipated start date of August 1st, 2019.

The Laboratory Instructional Support Technician’s primary responsibility is to provide support to the Chemistry Operations Manager and faculty for laboratory courses, as well as for student and faculty research.  Includes planning, preparation, set-up, and clean-up of chemistry labs. Reports to the Chemistry Operations Manager.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Preparation of chemical solutions and reagents, set up of equipment and materials, and clean up after labs; Review/modify set up for experiments, making suggestions when appropriate; coordinate with faculty regarding idiosyncrasies of each experiment
  • Maintenance of lab equipment and instrumentation in consultation with faculty and Chemistry Operations Manager, including handling cryogens and compressed gases;
  • Helping maintain stockroom and chemical inventory and records of SOP for routine and specialized tasks; work with Chemistry Operations Manager to provide ordering and restocking needs as needed; management of waste generated by instructional labs for pick up by an outside vender;
  • Maintenance of a clean and safe working environment in the stockroom and laboratories
  • Additionally, mentor student workers, supervising and monitoring their work and providing feedback for on campus internship requirements;

Required Skills & Abilities:

Position requires good judgment, initiative, resourcefulness, effective planning, organizational skills, and the ability to communicate effectively & work cooperatively with faculty, staff, and students to build and maintain positive and productive relationships.

This position requires the ability to frequently walk and use hands to handle laboratory equipment, to frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally, to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, with or without reasonable accommodations. Smell is also common in the laboratory setting.

Education and Experience:

Preferred qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in chemistry or related field.  

Minimum qualifications:

  • Successful completion of courses and associated laboratory sessions in: general chemistry (1 year), organic chemistry (1 year), and one semester of analytical chemistry.
  • Requires 40 hour HAZWOPER training for hazardous spill evaluation and cleanup and Chemical Hygiene training for up to date chemical storage regimes. . (Provided as necessary)
  • Experience and comfort level working in chemistry labs.  
  • Experience with large-scale solution and reagent preparation including solution standardization.  
  • Knowledge of and experience with hazardous waste management, including OSHA and related safety regulations and procedures with respect to chemistry laboratories and stockrooms.  
  • Knowledge of and experience with routine equipment/ instrument maintenance for equipment such as analytical balances, GC, HPLC, FT-IR, UV-vis, and NMR Spectrometers.  
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as Microsoft Office and Excel


To apply, submit the following materials to Please include your name in the subject. Review of Applications will begin June 10th and continue until the position is filled.

  • Cover letter
  • CV/Resume
  • Contact information of 3 professional references (or as specified by the Hiring Manager)

About Drew University:

Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies, methods, and pedagogies.

To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. These positions are subject to a background check.