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Chemistry Department

Job title Laboratory Aide, Chemistry Department Concise Job description Assists with student laboratory preparations. Assists with instrumentation and in-lab support as directed. Analyzes student samples. Requires some chemistry and instrumentation background. Sample tasks assigned to student workers 1) Filling vials for organic lab, supervised prep assistance, cleaning of labs, glassware cleaning and putting away. Glove and goggle safety, simple computer entries 2) Following prep books instructions with little assistance = reading schedules of labs correctly, reading the lab preps thoroughly, putting out and putting away prep materials, refilling solutions from existing stock 3) Making a dilution, making a solution, proper notebook entries, using concentrated solutions carefully and filling solvent bottles in hood 4) Titration, melting points for or lab, GC for org lab, IR for org lab, computerized inventory analytic solution prep, higher independence and problem-solving  

Physical Address:
Schmucker Scienc Center, room SSS119 , 450 S Church Street, West Chester Pa, 19383 
Website:
Community Service:
No 
On/Off Campus:
On-Campus 

Lab Aid (Pay Band 2) Informal interview & approval by chairperson. Chemistry/Science major preferred

Supervisor Contact Information
Carolyn Fleschsig
(610) 436-2708
cfechsig@wcupa.edu
 
Samantha Shumlas
(610) 436-3596
ecarulli@wcupa.edu
 
 
Position Responsibilities:
Customer RelationsCustomer ServiceData AnalysisData InputProvides support for chemistry department student laboratories and stock areas
Involves the following:
• Confidential or sensitive data/information
This position will provide general assistance with:
Chemistry Department student laboratory preparations and student sample analysis.
Specific duties as they relate to this department:
Lab Preparation assistance: Setting up and putting away materials for scheduled student laboratories. Following prep book instructions and reading schedules. Understanding labels with chemical name, formula and concentration. Working Safely: Using gloves, goggles, dust mask. Employing safe material and chemical handling methods. Maintaining neatness, cleanliness, and organization of labs and other work areas. Chemical and Technical: Filling and refilling solution bottles and vials. Making a dilution, making a solution. Analyzing solution concentrations using titration. Analyzing student samples as directed using instruments and analytic methods such as melting points, mass measurements, GC, IR. Other: Performing computerized or manual inventory of chemicals. Occasional clerical, stock, shipping and receiving, and other assigned support tasks. Works with staff, faculty, as well as with students. Requires: Informal interview and approval of the Chairperson and/ or the Coordinator. Candidate should have some chemistry background, preferably chemistry or other science major. Accepted Students: Workers receive orientation, as well as ongoing safety and other necessary and personalized training. Duties are assigned based on level of experience and ability.
Learning Outcomes:
Student workers 1)Gain chemistry experience with laboratory skills and techniques 2)Engage in using computers and laboratory instruments 3)Learn and practice organizational strategies 4)Interface with professors, students and staff These skills complement and enhance the laboratory, computer and interpersonal components of WCU student classwork requirements, in addition to providing a strong framework for their future employment.
 

Laboratory Aide (Pay Band 1)- Chemistry Department Desk Aid

Supervisor Contact Information
Carolyn Flechsig
(610) 436-2708
cflechsig@wcupa.edu
 
Samantha Shumlas
(610) 436-3596
sshumlas@wcupa.edu
 
 
Position Responsibilities:
Customer RelationsCustomer ServiceData InputPublic Relations
Involves the following:
• Confidential or sensitive data/information
This position will provide general assistance with:
Provide general clerical and receiving support for the Chemistry Department
Specific duties as they relate to this department:
Provide reception, answering telephones and taking messages. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), e-mail and web browser programs. Includes duties such as typing, filing, copying, faxing, and scanning. Assist with receiving and delivery of materials within the building complex. Perform computerized or manual inventory of stockroom materials. Maintain high degree of confidentiality with sensitive material, information, and conversations. Assist with other similar assigned support tasks and on-going or special projects. Works effectively and professionally with staff, faculty, and students. Ability to follow instructions, complete tasks with attention to detail, and work independently. Reliably report to work for scheduled hours. Requires an informal interview and approval of the Chemistry Department Chairperson and/ or the Laboratory Coordinator. Workers receive orientation and personalized training.
Learning Outcomes:
Learn proper office etiquette and procedures expected in any work environment Practice using Microsoft Office programs and general office equipment Development of office social skills Learn and practice organizational strategies Interface with professors, students and staff These skills complement and enhance the workplace, computer and interpersonal components of WCU student classwork requirements, in addition to providing a strong framework for future employment.