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Chemistry Technical Assistant

Williams College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 17, 2024

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Chemistry Technical Assistant

Location: Williams Campus,Williamstown
Job ID: 302692
Full/Part Time: Part Time

Opening Details

Williams College is pleased to announce a year-round, 36 hours per week position as a Technical Assistant in the Chemistry department. This position reports to the Chair and will work closely with faculty, support staff, and students.The Technical Assistant will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the general chemistry laboratories and administration of lecture demonstrations.

Williams is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty and staff. We expect the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse regarding race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Applicants should highlight relevant experience of building, working with, and supporting a broadly diverse employee community.

This position requires fully in-person work. Remote work arrangements will not be available at this time.

  • General operation and timely setup of the introductory and biochemistry teaching laboratories and assistance with the summer science outreach program. This includes preparation of reagents and student unknowns, maintenance of chemical inventory and various instrumentation associated with these labs: pH meters, analytical balances, spectrophotometers, etc., and appropriate handling of hazardous waste.
  • Shared coordination and assembly of chemistry lecture demonstrations. Organization and maintenance of equipment and chemical inventories in the departmental demonstration room. Maintenance of the lecture demonstration manual, procedures, and safety protocols. Research and development of new demonstrations for lectures as requested.
  • Shared organization and set-up of the annual “Demo Day” as well as other outreach programs.
  • Upper-level lab support.
  • Shared scheduling, organization, and supervision of student workers.

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry or an equivalent combination of education plus 2 or more years of experience in a laboratory setting with preference for additional years of experience
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • The ability to work effectively independently and cooperatively with faculty and staff
  • The ability to multitask and prioritize in a dynamic environment
  • Experience with word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn new skills to support the changing needs of the department

Please include a cover letter and resume (indicating names of at least three references) in your application materials. Please detail your background and experience in laboratory settings.

Application review will begin on May 6, 2024. Pay rate is from $22 to $25 per hour, commensurate with experience. Job band 19. Please visit to apply. All application materials will be read by the search committee.

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at

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