The Department of Biochemistry
at CU Boulder encourages
applications for an Undergraduate Operations Professional
This position supports the Undergraduate Program and supports the
Department and Chair. The individual in this position will have
primary responsibility for management of the undergraduate
education and research programs.
A large percentage of the position responsibilities will be in
managing the Department’s undergraduate research program. The
individual will work closely with the Associate Chair for
Undergraduate Affairs and the Chair to plan and implement all
aspects of undergraduate research including: helping Biochemistry
majors find research positions in Biochemistry laboratories; aid
undergraduate Biochemistry researchers in identifying and acquiring
funding to support their research efforts; coordinating
undergraduate research fellowships and prizes; support students how
are doing undergraduate honors; and maintain records of students
performing research in Biochemistry labs.
Additional responsibilities will include: curriculum support and
event organization; publicizing the undergraduate major and special
events within the Department; maintaining all content on Department
pages on our website; entering all courses into the CU-SIS Campus
Solutions; tracking the Departmental equipment inventory; and
facilitating the disposal of antiquated equipment.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is internationally
recognized for its research and education. As part of a dedication
to continuing this tradition of excellence, the department provides
a graduate program that integrates opportunities for ground
breaking creative research and study across a wide range of areas
including analytical, atmospheric, biochemistry, biophysical,
chemical physics, environmental, organic, materials and
nanoscience, and physical chemistry.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Manage Undergraduate Affairs
Support the Biochemistry Department
- Manage the undergraduate research program for BCHM
- Coordinate research experiences for BCHM undergraduates and
increase the numbers of BCHM students who perform undergraduate
- Match students with labs (lab placement), which will involve
identifying research opportunities in the labs of BCHM faculty
members, maintaining an updated list of these research
opportunities in a manner that is accessible to undergraduate
students, advising students regarding timelines for entering labs,
working with students to apply for positions in labs that match
their interests, and tracking which labs students enter.
- Coordinate and advise students on funding opportunities for
undergraduate research, keep an accessible list of funding
opportunities, advise students on the timeline for applying for
funding, assist students in preparing competitive applications, and
track the funding that students receive.
- Assist the Department with applications for UROP Department
- Work with the Department faculty member who is the Honors
liaison to coordinate the Departmental Honors program, lead efforts
and implement plans to increase the number of BCHM students who
write an honors thesis, serve as point of contact for students
doing honors thesis research.
- Coordinate events to highlight undergraduate research and
recruit students to participate in research.
- Maintain records of student progress and success in the
research program, analyze and provide data to the Associate Chair
for Undergraduate Affairs, help with the further analysis of this
data to track the Department’s progress in increasing the number of
BCHM undergraduates who obtain research experience.
- Provide administrative support to faculty member(s) developing
and teaching Curriculum-based Undergraduate Research Experiences
- Manage the BCHM undergraduate educational program:
- In addition to organizing events centered on undergraduate
research, organize events for first-year Biochemistry majors and
new transfer students with the goal of helping them integrate into
our Departmental undergraduate community.
- Coordinate an annual orientation meeting in early fall.
- Facilitate introductions of first-years and new transfer
students to upper year BCHM students, faculty, and graduate
students, which will include organizing informal social
- Cultivate a cohesive community for students that encourages
inclusion and belonging, describe our Departmental DEI efforts to
BCHM undergraduates, find mechanism to involve BCHM undergraduates
in our DEI efforts.
- Create and coordinate efforts to maintain and increase student
enrollment in the BCHM major, work with the recruitment office in
the College to facilitate recruitment effort, interact with
prospective students and answer questions about the Department,
help arrange tours of our facilitate for prospective students,
organize our annual recruitment activities, track student
applicants and matriculants in the BCHM BA major.
- Coordinate efforts to increase student retention in the BCHM BA
major in collaboration with the Associate Chair for Undergraduate
Affairs, track and analyze student entry and retention data,
provide summaries of student retention and how this varies by
gender and ethnicity.
- Serve as the point of contact for BCHM majors in JSCBB,
maintain a combined in-person and remote presence that engages
- Organize and help students run a Biochemistry Club, work with a
faculty member and students to plan events.
- Aid BCHM students with maintaining and running a peer mentoring
program, and as part of this program help students arrange peer
- Coordinate the annual BCHM undergraduate student award process,
coordinate the application and selection processes for the
What You Should Know
- Course scheduling:
- Assist in ensuring that the fall, spring, and summer course,
recitation, and laboratory schedules prepared by the Chair are
devoid of errors.
- Enter all BCHM courses, recitations, and laboratories into
CU-SIS for the fall, spring, and summer semesters, revise and/or
cancel courses, recitations, and laboratories as needed using
- Identify issues related to schedules in CU-SIS and make
- Identify and schedule rooms for all courses taught in JSCBB and
on Main Campus, obtain rooms for all evening exams for BCHM
- Assist BHCM majors to identify and correct scheduling problems,
including course overrides and student enrollment changes.
- Supervise the Independent Study registration process, including
- Biochemistry departmental event coordination:
- Aid in the organization of the annual Departmental Retreat,
attend the Retreat if possible and aid in setup and running of this
- Organize and run the annual end of fall semester Departmental
- Participate in the organization and running of the yearly
- When needed, assist with the setup of other events.
- Biochemistry Department support:
- Maintain all Departmental pages on the Department website, add
and alter content to keep it up to date, maintain the Department
event calendar webpage, promote Department activities using the
- Host our Departmental public relations efforts, maintain the
Departmental Twitter account and make announcements as needed, aid
the Chair in creating and distributing an alumni newsletter.
- Track the Departmental equipment inventory and facilitate
equipment disposal when needed.
- Allocate and track usage of BCHM building lockers.
- Supervise student workers as needed for assistance with
administrative tasks, events, publicity, and social media
This is a .625 time position, working 25 hours per week.
What We Can Offer
The annual salary range for this .75 time position is
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Bachelor's degree in a science field from an accredited
- Equivalent combination of education and relevant work
experience may be substituted for the degree on a year-for-year
- 1 year of job-related work experience.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Ability to work independently and with responsibility for
initiating and completing tasks.
- Demonstrated proficiency with administrative software (MS
Office, shared drives, cloud storage, PDF workflows, etc.).
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing,
with a variety of professionals, administrators, and students.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and assume
responsibility for initiating and completing critical functions in
the management of educational programs.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team and within
other collaborative work situations.
- 3+ years of professional experience.
- Experience in an academic research setting.
- Experience working in higher education and with complex
- Understanding of the rules and regulations that drive higher
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume.
- A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background
and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and
responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by September 23, 2021
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs
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