University of Alberta

Director of Undergraduate General Chemistry Laboratories

Faculty of Science - Department of Chemistry

Competition No.  -    A104932513
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta invites applications for a Director of Undergraduate General Chemistry Laboratories (FSO II) position.  The Department has vibrant research programs encompassing most areas of modern chemistry including materials and nanoscience, catalysis, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, synthesis and medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, computational chemistry, and instrumentation and analysis (  An outstanding teaching and research environment is offered with access to excellent support facilities.

Reporting directly to the Department Chair, the Director of Undergraduate General Chemistry Laboratories is responsible for the management and coordination of the undergraduate student laboratories. In collaboration with faculty members, the incumbent must instruct, organize, and mentor Graduate Teaching Assistants to provide an excellent practical laboratory education to thousands of undergraduate students annually. The incumbent will also train and evaluate Teaching Assistants, develop experiments and exams for undergraduate students, and maintain records of grades. The successful candidate should possess the ability to interact professionally and credibly with faculty, instructors, staff, and students; the ability to train, monitor, evaluate, and contribute to the professional development of Teaching Assistants in the courses, as well as to develop and refine learning tools including web based and new technologies.


Laboratory Content and Development

  • Organize and supervise all aspects of the laboratory portion of the General Chemistry courses
  • Incorporate innovative teaching pedagogy, tools, and content, such as active learning, student-centered, and e-learning initiatives, for modern laboratory classes
  • Collaborate with faculty on proposals for funding of new teaching initiatives or new laboratory equipment


  • Teach portions or whole lecture section(s) of the chemistry courses, as needed
  • Ensure Teaching Assistants (TA) and students are knowledgable of principles of laboratory safety and follow safe procedures while working in the laboratory
  • Advance curricular innovation and ensure appropriate planning and coordination of laboratory and lecture components for the undergraduate general chemistry curriculum in consultation with faculty
  • Prepare and update the student Laboratory Manual to reflect improvements and changes on an annual basis

Professional Development and Supervision of Laboratory Personnel

  • Responsible for the supervision and professional development of up to 100 Teaching Assistants (TA)
  • Organize weekly supervisory TA meetings and monitor/evaluate TA laboratory performance during the academic term
  • Develop final TA evaluations in consultation with the course coordinator at the end of the academic term


  • Establish a research program in an area that supports the general chemistry laboratory and complements the teaching mission of the Department
  • Potential research areas include collaborating with faculty in research chemical education, research in a field of study in teaching, teaching support, or an area that supports student development
  • Apply for internal and external grants to fund this research program


  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field plus directly related work experience
  • Teaching experience at a university level is an asset
  • A commitment to relevance and excellence in all aspects of undergraduate chemistry teaching
  • Operational knowledge of general chemistry laboratory instrumentation and techniques
  • Knowledge of database and learning management systems such as Moodle is desirable
  • Familiarity with web based tools, such as Google Apps, is desirable
  • Good written and verbal communication skills are essential

Interested individuals should submit a curriculum vitae, a clear statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, and arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent on their behalf.

In accordance with the Faculty Service Officer agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: and an annual salary commensurate with experience.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

Review of applications will begin on April 20, 2017; however, the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

Chair's Office
Department of Chemistry
E3-38 Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2G2


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.