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Senior Laboratory Instructor, Nanotechnology Engineering

Date: January 22, 2015
Reports to (Job Title): Director of Technical Services
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Location: Quantum Nano Computing Building

USG 10

35 hr/wk



Chemical Engineering

Primary Purpose

The major goal of this position is the organization and management of laboratory sessions in a manner that encourages scientific inquiry and maximizes learning opportunities for students.  This position is responsible for the supervision and management of nanotechnology laboratory courses or course components that are assigned to him/her.  Two senior laboratory instructors are required to cater primarily to the needs of the nanotechnology Engineering Advanced Laboratories and secondarily to other laboratory needs of the Nanotechnology Engineering program, as assigned by the Nantechnology Instructor/Undergraduate Laboratory Coordinator

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Effective delivery of Laboratory courses for which the SLI is responsible, as assigned by the NIULC.


2.  Assembly and testing of new experiments or modifications of existing experiments.


3.  Training and supervision of Teaching Assistants (TA’s)


4.  Care and maintenance of the the physical facilities.

5.  Other tasks

Position Requirements


MASc or PhD in ChE or MSc or PhD in Chemistry or have equivalent education and experience.  Professional Engineer (Peng) status or eligibility is a requirement.


Fundamental knowledge in nano-materials chemistry, polymer chemistry, or in nanobiotechnology and all aspects of safety in nano research.  Excellent oral and written communication.  Four years of experience preferred in teaching undergraduate students or equivalent industrial training.  Excellent organizational, time management, interpersonal and analytical skills.  Demonstrated experience in lab course development and instruction.  Experience with nanoengineering equipment and supplies.  Familiarity with nanoengineering test and measurement instrumentation and/or software.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate Software knowledge in relevant areas of specialization

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally – ability to communicate clearly and effectively with students and teaching assistants in laboratory settings, with course instructors in the area of specialization, with the NE laboratory coordinator, as well as with other NE and/or Chem and ChE staff and faculty members.  Externally – ability to communicate with contacts relevant to accomplishing the laboratory delivery objectives as well as with equipment and/or software suppliers.

Level of Responsibility:

Responsible and accountable for the smooth operation of assigned laboratory tasks.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible and accountable for the smooth operation of assigned laboratory tasks.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Moderate demands, typical of a technical position operating within a teaching laboratory environment that may involve some lifting of equipment, rearranging of furniture and standing for extended periods of time.  Person must be able to project his/her voice to communicate with students in a laboratory setting

Working Environment:

Laboratory and office in QNC.