The Laboratory Teaching Assistant is part of the Chemistry Department teaching staff at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for the management and functionality of the undergraduate analytical chemistry laboratories. This position includes preparing laboratories for students, maintaining safety guidelines for the lab, and working with the laboratory professor to fulfill the needs of classes.
Chemistry is the intellectual home to over 250 students, post-docs, and faculty members working in a wide range of specializations, as well as the interdisciplinary fields of chemical biology, structural biology, molecular toxicology, materials chemistry, and nanotechnology. Close collaboration with the School of Medicine, School of Engineering and other departments within the College of Arts and Science-particularly the departments of biological sciences and physics--provides valuable opportunities to not only excel in the traditional disciplines of chemistry but also investigate the many ways that chemistry intersects with other fields.
Duties and Responsibilities
Prepares reagents and solutions for specialized undergraduate instructional laboratories.
Prepares, sets up and issues materials and equipment for use in student laboratory demonstrations, experiments, exercises and exams; assists in the operation and maintenance of instructional labs; participates in the planning and implementation of lab exercises and experiments; implements new or modified policies and procedures as required; prepares special instructions for non-routine and complex assignments
Demonstrates the safe and proper use of laboratory equipment and hazardous materials. Prepares, tests, adjusts, modifies, performs routine maintenance on and calibrates a variety of technical laboratory equipment; trouble-shoots equipment and makes minor repairs or arranges for service repair.
Constructs, adapts, tests and maintains equipment, interface computer systems and apparatus used in the laboratory.
Administrative oversight of class rolls, TA evaluations, course equipment damages, laboratory assignments, FWSP assistance. Assist faculty laboratory supervisor with course development
Acts as substitute laboratory staff support for current Senior Laboratory Teaching Assistants during summer vacations/absences.
Other duties as assigned
Internal Number: 2001013
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