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Laboratory Associate

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Department: Chemistry
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Research

Department: College Of Science & Arts

Sub Department: Chemistry 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

Prepare, assemble, and maintain equipment, supplies, and chemicals for first year chemistry laboratories (two courses, enrollments typically near 1200 students per academic year, in up to 66 sections annually). Assist laboratory supervisor with endeavors necessary to ensure meaningful, high quality, hands on, efficient, and safe laboratory experiences for students.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

● Prepare laboratories to ensure safe and timely operation of the teaching labs.
● Prepare solutions and reagents used in the labs.
● Set-up and remove chemicals, supplies, and equipment for each lab session.
● Coordinate tracking and checking out of equipment.
● Maintain the preparatory room and facilities in a clean and orderly condition.
● Maintain inventory of chemicals, supplies, and equipment; restock as needed.
● Maintain chemical, supplies, and equipment i nventory databases.
● Maintain university required chemical inventory database.
● Maintain lab equipment, such as electronic balances, centrifuges, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, pH meters and electrodes, and calibrate equipment as needed.
● Assist with ordering of chemicals and supplies.
● Maintain Safety Data Sheet (SDS) binders.
● Maintain safe operations of laboratory facilities and equipment.
● Maintain security of facilities, equipment, and chemicals.
● Coordinate waste collection and disposal.
● Conduct and document safety training for prep assistants.
● Assist with safety training for students and teaching assistants.
● Supervise student prep assistants; assist with supervising teaching assistants.
● Communicate effectively with the lab supervisor, students and graduate teaching assistants.
● Assist with teaching when needed.
● Assist with course preparation on Canvas LMS.
● Assist with outreach activities when needed.
● Function as acting laboratory supervisor when needed.
● Work non-standard hours, as required.
● Other duties may be assigned.

This position supervises student employees, both undergraduate and graduate.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, or equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

One year experience with general chemistry laboratory courses, including supervision of instructors.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Master of Science degree in chemistry or closely related field.
Three years experience with general chemistry laboratory courses.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Demonstrated ability to accurately prepare chemical solutions.
Demonstrated ability to safely manage chemicals and equipment.
Demonstrated commitment to performing tasks with accuracy and attention to detail.
Demonstrated proficiency in evaluating and ameliorating safety risks and promoting a safe work environment.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.
Experience with on-line course management software (Canvas)

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months


1st Shift

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable Based on Experience and Qualifications

Title of Position Supervisor

Laboratory Supervisor

Posting Type

Internal & External

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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