Chemistry Laboratory Manager needed at Trinity Western University Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Jun 24
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Position Purpose And Summary

Manages the physical plant and inventory of the chemistry labs; keeps lab equipment repaired and maintained; co-ordinates and supervises all student staff; ensures all required safety procedures are consistently met.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Technical – Responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing instruments and other lab equipment; develops and tests new experiments in consultation with faculty; regularly updates all lab experiments in conjunction with TA’s. Prepares and prints all lab manuals ensuring that they are available at the appropriate time. Technically proficient with Windows, MS Office and scientific software and hardware.
  • Supervision – Responsible for co-operating with faculty in: establishing and enforcing protocol for the use of all Chemistry laboratory facilities; Hires, trains and supervises TA's and LA's. In co-ordination with the Dean of FNAS (Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences) hires, trains and supervises staff for the Summer Work Program. Assists in training and supervision of RA’s and markers.
  • Instruction – Responsible for coordinating all Chemistry laboratory activities; instructs students with regard to technique and instrumentation as well as faculty, staff and students in laboratory safety; substitutes for faculty instructors in emergencies. Assists dept. chair in scheduling lab sections; ensures an appropriate distribution of students in lab sections; schedules TA’s. Keeps detailed record of student lab grades in archives.
  • Inventory Management – Responsible for maintaining an inventory (approx. $2M value) of all equipment and supplies to ensure that an adequate facility is available to perform all lab functions. Procures all chemicals and supplies; works in conjunction with faculty to purchase major equipment.
  • Budget Management – Responsible for providing input to and assisting in the preparation of the annual capital and operating budgets; approves and monitors expenditures advising department of anticipated overages.
  • Facilities – Responsible for consulting with appropriate authority in the design and modification of laboratory facilities as departmental expansion proceeds.
  • External Customer Relations – Responsible for coordinating and overseeing laboratory usage by external customers (industrial and academic).
  • Safety – Responsible for the safety of the labs. Maintains labs in accordance with the full WCB requirements / regulations, WHMIS (chemical storage, handling and waste disposal) and TWU regulations. Communicates regularly with the TWU health and safety committee. Updates the safety manual annually. Maintains safety equipment and MSDS's (Material Safety and Data Sheets). Acts to apply emergency first aid when required. Ensures that all student workers have been adequately trained in WCB/WHMIS lab safety and provides additional training specific to the chemistry labs at TWU.
  • Professional Development – Responsible for attending workshops / seminars and reviewing literature, on advances in techniques and technologies in the Chemistry field and communicates findings to faculty. Maintain Emergency First Aid certification.
  • Responsible for acting in a manner that exemplifies Jesus Christ in all on and off campus contacts thereby living out the mission of the university and displaying a servant leadership attitude and practice.
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The Person

Skills And Abilities

  • Superior interpersonal skills with a wide range of students, staff and faculty. Skilled in the handling and resolution of conflict. Skilled in planning work to meet deadlines efficiently and effectively.
  • Proven ability to operate and troubleshoot laboratory equipment and instrumentation. Aptitude to learn new techniques, instrumentation, and computer software. Able to read, understand and apply equipment repair manuals.
  • Knowledge and use of Spectroscopy: UV / Vis, AAS, FTIR, NMR, Fluorometry. Other: Polarimetry, GC/MS, MALDI-TOF, Ultra-Low-Temperature Circulators, LC, Bomb Calorimetry, Vacuum Systems, Glove Box, Specific Application Electrodes, Compressed Gas Distribution Systems, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System.


Driven and inspired by the idea of positively impacting the various marketplaces of life through the development of godly Christian leaders by serving the Trinity Western University community.

A dedicated and mature evangelical Christian with an earnest desire to serve in family, church, work, and community. Affirm and support TWU’s mission, values, Statement of Faith, and Community Covenant. Strength of character and reputation, integrity, focused. A winsome personality with a positive and friendly attitude.

Servant-Leader Way of Life: Act in a manner that exemplifies Jesus Christ in all on and off-campus contacts thereby living out the servant leadership mission of the university and contributing effectively towards achieving the institutional and Kingdom goals of the organization.

Key Internal Interactions

ReportsTA's, LA’s, Markers and RA's in conjunction with faculty, Summer Chemistry staff.

Reports toChair, Chemistry Dept. / Dean, FNAS

Standards & Requirements

Education: B.Sc. in chemistry required. Emergency First Aid required.

Experience: 1-2 years previous experience required in Lab. preparation and development, operation of advanced analytical equipment and chemical inventory control

Duties and responsibilities that do not constitute a major change may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of the supervisor either orally or in writing.

UpdatedJanuary 2023

Agreed to byDean, FNAS

Benefits Of Working At TWU

  • A comprehensive benefits package which includes extended health, dental, and insurance and an RRSP matching program.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Tuition Benefit for TWU undergraduate and graduate level courses to enhance knowledge and professional competency.
  • Torch tuition scholarship for dependents of eligible employees attending TWU.
  • Free access to TWU’s fitness/gym facilities and the Norma Marion Alloway Library.
  • Discounts and perks for the on-site Trinity Western Outfitters bookstore and cafeterias, as well as shops and restaurants in Fort Langley.
  • Wellness benefits (i.e., counselling, sick days, personal days, and reimbursement for annual wellness/recreation related purchases).
  • Free recreational equipment rentals (e.g., paddle boards, snowshoes, kayaks, etc.).
  • Free employee parking on campus.
  • Special community events throughout the year.
  • A positive Christian fellowship environment.
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Trinity Western University encourages applications from all eligible candidates who are able to commit to the University’s mission, values, and Christian identity as articulated in its Statement of Faith and Community Covenant. We are committed to an ethic of inclusion and to the equal treatment of all persons without discrimination in accordance with human rights law.

We particularly invite applications from indigenous people, women, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations during the application process should contact Human Resources.

Trinity Western University is located on the traditional ancestral territory of the Sto:lo people.

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