Sr. Lecturer & Laboratory Director for Molecular Engineering

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POST DATE 8/26/2016
END DATE 12/14/2016

University of Chicago Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL
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The Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) at the University of Chicago is founded on the principle of collaborative problem-solving, not rigid academic disciplines. It is at the forefront of an emerging field that has the potential to address fundamental problems of societal import. This exciting new field involves the incorporation of synthetic molecular building blocks into functional systems that will impact technologies from advanced medical therapies to quantum computing.

The IME invites applicants for the position of Senior Lecturer and Laboratory Director in Molecular Engineering. This is a one-year full-time position, and is eligible for renewal based on excellent performance. Salaries are competitive and include benefits. The successful applicant will be able to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in materials science and engineering. He/she will also be able to teach courses more narrowly tailored to his or her disciplinary expertise. Prior training and/or research in a relevant engineering field is necessary.

In addition to classroom teaching, the position of Senior Lecturer and Laboratory Director in Molecular Engineering will be responsible for the overall development, operation, leadership, and administration of the laboratory components associated with the undergraduate major program:
- Hires, trains, assigns, prioritizes and schedules work for laboratory manager and assistants. Assesses performance and gives feedback. Counsels or disciplines, as needed.
- Oversees the operation and maintenance of one or more teaching laboratory facilities in the IME. Provides advice on laboratory setup or design, equipment acquisition, laboratory operation and monitoring, and maintenance. Develops and implements operating procedures and standards to ensure laboratory safety and overall organization and cleanliness.
- Plans, designs, fabricates and documents experiments and set-ups for the laboratory components associated with the undergraduate program curriculum.
- Controls equipment and supplies inventory. Recommends purchases, negotiates prices, and orders equipment and supplies for student labs. Maintains vendor contacts and backup purchase documentation files for reference or reporting, as needed.
- Provides historical data and projections for use in developing budgets. Assists in budget administration and expense tracking.
- Develops and implements security related procedures such as laboratory opening and closing routines, recognition of duress signals and key controls. Coordinates safety and security activities. Ensures dissemination of safety and security related information to staff.

Undergraduate advising and supervision of student research projects are included in the responsibilities of this position. Other related duties are included as assigned or requested. The IME reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. and have the degree in hand prior to October 1, 2016. Specialized, progressively responsible experience in laboratory instrumentation and instruction required. Prospective candidates should be highly motivated, enthusiastic about science, with an ability to think creatively and independently.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a chapter-length writing sample, 4) a sample course syllabus, 5) course evaluations or evidence of past teaching performance, and 6) three letters of reference

To apply, please visit the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website,
and requisition number 03087.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an indivi