Technical Instructor, Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory

Massachusetts, United States
19 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

TECHNICAL INSTRUCTORChemistry-Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory (UGTL), to co-teach the 5.310/Laboratory Chemistry and 5.301/Chemistry Lab Techniques courses and support the director of the undergraduate laboratory with day-to-day operations.  Will--with the director--manage and operate the 5.310 and 5.301 undergraduate laboratory; coordinate with UROP faculty advisors to poll chemistry faculty and secure UROP positions for each 5.301 student; develop/test new experiments for 5.310, 5.301 and URIECA; write letters of recommendation; demonstrate hands-on knowledge of the experimental protocol of and chemical principles behind class experiments; deliver lectures, covering fundamental principles behind experiments for both courses; enforce laboratory safety regulations; train teaching assistants (TAs); organize and orchestrate TA orientations; support activities of TAs by providing demos for experiments, lecture handouts, and specific information on experiments; modify lab manuals and arrange for printing; supervise the writing and administration of laboratory quizzes; collect written reports, organize oral and poster reports, keep grade records, and prepare the final documents for grade meetings; oversee rubric guidelines for grading by TAs; participate in weekly TA meetings; keep lists of chemicals, expendable items, and equipment; maintain minor laboratory equipment, facilities, and supplies; and calibrate major instrumentation and verify that equipment is functional.  Will also work with UGTL staff to oversee maintenance of major lab equipment and the ordering of laboratory supplies and chemicals; maintain good housekeeping practices on and around lab benches/sinks/instruments/hoods; administer lab desk assignments and check-out; and maintain up-to-date list of equipment stored in student desks.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  Ph.D. in chemistry or closely related field; demonstrated excellence in teaching; outstanding communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills; and a strong commitment to undergraduate education. 

This is a one-year term appointment with potential for renewal upon mutual agreement. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.