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Union College LABORATORY SPECIALIST in Schenectady, New York


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Appointment Type: Staff Full-time


Categories: Staff

Position Grade:TII

Work Days: Mon-Fri 12 month position

Shift Start/End Time: 8:00am-5:00pm

Hours Per Week: 40

Weeks Per Year: 52

The Chemistry Department Laboratory Specialist is responsible for procuring and preparing reagents, equipment, and other materials for chemistry laboratory instruction and research. This includes preparation, set up and breakdown of teaching labs in coordination with faculty; ordering supplies, delivering them to labs, tracking and reconciling expenses, and maintaining an online inventory and tracking system; and maintaining cleanliness and organization of laboratory rooms. The person in this position is also responsible for training and supervising a diverse group of work-study students and ensuring that all safety procedures are followed.


  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry with 1-3 years relevant experience or Master’s degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

  • Qualified candidates will have experience with solution preparation, instrument utilization, and recordkeeping.

  • Knowledge of chemical safety procedures, multitasking skills, the ability to balance the needs of many faculty members, and the flexibility to adapt to changing department needs are highly desirable.

  • Physical requirements include lifting and carrying up to 30 lbs.

  • Must also be safety conscious and able to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students.


  • Prepare, set up, and break down Chemistry teaching lab equipment and reagents and ensure supplies are adequate for the next class.

  • Order chemicals and equipment based upon written protocols

  • Complete preparation of solutions and re-bottling of reagents with proper labeling

  • Coordinate with faculty to troubleshoot and correct issues with experiments.

  • Properly label waste bottles, and interface with the Environmental Health & Safety Compliance Officer to schedule disposal.

  • Train and supervise work-study students to assist you.

  • Maintain inventories of supplies for all prep rooms, storage areas, teaching and research labs. Order chemicals, gases, and other supplies for the Chemistry Department and distribute to their destinations

  • Research sources of chemicals and equipment using a broad range of suppliers. Request quotes when purchasing multiple or more expensive items. Negotiate pricing and identify areas where spending can be adjusted.

  • Update inventory of supplies in the summer and replenish stocks to reduce ordering during the year.

  • Maintain online chemical inventory along with safety data sheets and ensure proper use of inventory tracking system.

  • Maintain documentation and reconcile purchasing regularly. Use online financial system to track and reconcile expenses for purchases from multiple faculty research, grant and department accounts.

  • Interface with facilities for any repairs and maintenance that are required in chemistry department laboratory facilities.

  • Arrange for annual service of balances in chemistry teaching and research labs and calibration of measuring devices including pipettors

  • Interface with staff in other departments to ensure smooth operation of the Materials Management Suite (MMS)

  • Assist other departments with requests for materials and supplies located in Chemistry maintained spaces

  • Ensure all safety standards and work practices are followed according to College policy and law - including: working knowledge for proper training of all faculty and students, proper labelling, personal protection, and waste disposal.

  • Help students and faculty get equipment and chemicals ready for outreach events, College-sponsored events and demonstrations.

  • Other duties as assigned

We offer exceptional benefits including, but not limited to the following:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time

  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays

  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)

  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs

  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development

  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan

  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability

  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, criminal history background check and pre-employment physical where applicable.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth-oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

Advertised: June 16, 2021

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