Lab Instructor

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Academic Programs

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

This position teaches undergraduate laboratories and provides supplemental instruction in support of undergraduate lab and lecture courses.

Department Overview:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in Chemistry. Our faculty members conduct research in areas such as drug discovery, medicinal chemistry & medical devices, cosmochemistry, prebiotic chemistry, archaeological science, computational chemistry, enzymology and enzyme mechanisms, RNA and protein chemistry, and polymer chemistry. Our faculty members participate and mentor Ph.D. graduate students in transdisciplinary programs including Materials Science and Engineering, Biomolecular Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Computing, and Systems Engineering (planned).

The department's vision is to “Promote student success through excellence in chemistry.” We realize this vision by providing exceptional student research experiences and a curriculum that includes developing critical thinking skills, independent research projects, instrumentation training, exceptional laboratory practices, and mastery of scientific writing. As an R2 institution, we are dedicated to our research and curriculum goals, and successful candidates for this position will complement our culture goal to “Work in a department that embraces a team spirit of cooperation and respect for all.”

Level Scope:

A lecturer/instructor is a non-tenure-track teaching position.

Essential Functions:

60% of the time the Lab Instructor must:

● Teach laboratory sections, which may vary each semester.
● Teaching duties include a brief discussion of lab safety, lab procedures and lab equipment to be used.
● Responsible for grading all submitted lab reports and the maintenance of course sites for posting grades.
● Expected to follow a grading rubric for each course.

35% of the time the Lab Instructor must:

Work with students in the Chemistry Instructional Center.
Meet weekly with Laboratory Coordinators and other Lab Instructors to make plans for upcoming labs.
Supervise students during lab sessions.
Work with chemistry faculty to develop and improve the chemistry laboratory curriculum.

5% of the time the Lab Instructor must:

Additional duties as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Planning and organization.
● Attention to detail.
● Good working knowledge of general and organic chemistry.
● Lab skills for all techniquest that may be used/taught in labs.
● General laboratory equipment skills.
● Ability to enforce the safety rules.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry and college teaching experience or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

M.S. in Chemistry or commensurate teaching experience.
College teaching experience in general, organic, and/or analytical chemistry.
GPA in Chemistry ≥ 3.2.
Effective communication, organization, and teamwork skills.
Flexible, adaptable, motivated, enthusiastic, hard-working, dedicated, and compassionate.
Salary and Benefits:

The salary is $33,500. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Cover letter
CV or resume
Undergraduate transcripts
Graduate transcripts (if applicable)
Three references with contact information



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