The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (C&CB) is continuing its search for a Laboratory Manager

Research Lab Manager Position

Apply to this position through McMaster Careers - Staff Job ID 21482

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) has historically operated its research program within the Arthur Bourns Building (ABB) as stand-alone spaces that are the responsibility of a single principal investigator (PI).  Renovations to ABB research space will create new large open-concept research labs that will be shared among multiple research groups across two faculties (Science & Engineering) and will foster inter-disciplinary research.

Job Summary 

Optimize the efficient use of an open concept research space. Initiate procedures and policies in open-concept lab. Oversee the training in safety and SOP documentation and training in open concept labs. Maintain equipment and ensure the operation of safe and orderly working within shared spaces.  Assist in the design and construction components of renovation projects involving research in the department.

Purpose and Key Functions: 

  • Develop and implement short-term and long-term plans to ensure effective and efficient use of laboratory equipment and resources, in collaboration with Principle Investigators.
  • Participate in the strategic planning with leadership in the department in regards to the space.
  • Initiate procedures and policies in each open-concept lab.
  • Mentor and advise students and post-doctoral fellows in consultation with the researchers in the lab and in collaboration with their research supervisor.
  • Provide advice and guidance to others regarding the space and equipment.
  • Maintain laboratory space inventory and interact with other departments for required services to the building such as maintenance repairs, renovations, security, emergency responses.
  • Maintain a safe working environment in the integrated laboratories.
  • Develop and deliver safety training applicable to the shared lab space and equipment.
  • Review, maintain and monitor a variety of laboratory safety reports and training documentation.
  • Provide recommendations for best practices with regards to health and safety for the space.
  • Write a variety of documents including training procedures and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Interact with faculty members and other technical staff when seeking expertise in relation to equipment and research techniques.
  • Remain current with frequent advances and developments in research techniques and strategies. Participate in public relations activities on behalf of the integrated laboratories.
  • Negotiate with vendors and suppliers on purchasing and repairing materials and equipment for the facilities.
  • Troubleshoot issues related to equipment failure and contamination.
  • Schedule laboratory equipment for use.
  • Maintain the fixed asset inventory and develop replacement plans.
  • Make recommendations on the acquisition of new equipment and replacement of aging infrastructure.
  • Calibrate and maintain scientific equipment and instruments in accordance with prescribed requirements.
  • Perform minor equipment repairs and arrange for major repairs through supervisor or outside contractor.
  • Serve as the technical expert liaison for faculty and staff for interactions with internal university units  and with external engineering and architectural firms.
  • Assess deficiencies and provide solutions to ensure compliance with policies and procedures in the laboratory space
  • Exchange technical and scientific information with others.
  • Attend and participate in lab meetings.
  • Review architectural, electrical and mechanical drawings prior to and during construction and renovations to ensure requirements are being met.
  • Work closely with Project Managers or General Contractors to ensure construction is proceeding according to drawings. 
  • Ensure laboratory facilities, equipment, and area are in clean, safe working order.
  • Update, maintain, and verify inventory control of chemicals, media, and supplies.
  • Oversee the proper storage of materials and the appropriate disposal of waste for user lab groups.
  • Input, maintain, and verify information in a variety of databases and spreadsheets.
  • Provides functional guidance to others on an ongoing basis.  


  • Master's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field.
  • Requires a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.




The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) has historically operated its research program within the Arthur Bourns Building (ABB) as stand-alone spaces that are the responsibility of a single principal investigator (PI).  Renovations to ABB research space will create new large open-concept research labs that will be shared among multiple research groups across two faculties (Science & Engineering) and will foster inter-disciplinary research.

Elements at Mac


When you were at Mac, did you discover that you were in your element?
Be in your element and a part of the Arthur Bourns Building’s stunning new periodic table display in the lobby.

Elements: The Building Blocks of Life
There are cranes and construction crews on campus: the Arthur Bourns Building (ABB) is currently under renovation. That means new labs and offices, new educational outreach opportunities and new learning spaces to leverage the exceptional faculty and students that inhabit these spaces.

For you, it’s an opportunity to make your mark on ABB.

  • Claim your favourite element on the periodic table for $1,000 

  • We double your gift and contribute $1,000 to match your donation

  • Your name will appear near the installation in ABB’s lobby

2019 is the Year of the Periodic Table
ABB’s new lobby will greet all who travel through it with a larger-than life 10x6 foot interactive periodic table display of the elements. A display of backlit boxes representing each element, each box will incorporate samples, objects, pictures and historical facts about the element.

Join us in this opportunity. What’s your element?

Now you just need to choose. Is your dream to (finally) be Iron Man? What’s your significant number? Do you share initials with an element?

Accepting Applications for Level I TA's

Teaching Assistant Job Posting for Chemistry and Chemical Biology - Chem 1A03/1EO3 and 1AA3

Details for the positions may be found by following this link:

Not all courses will be assigned teaching assistants as such decisions are subject to budgetary and enrolment considerations. Required courses with tutorial sections receive priority consideration.  ** As defined by the applicable Undergraduate or Graduate calendar found at and  

Anticipated Duties: 
- Leading Tutorials/Overseeing Laboratories/Field Trip Supervision
- Preparation (Reading, Attending Lectures, Meeting with Instructor) 
- Student Consultation (Emails, Office Hours) 
- Invigilation
- Grading (Marking, Entering Marks)
- Other duties as assigned 

Lecture/Laboratory/Tutorial Locations, Times and Days:   
Potential teaching assistants must be available for at least one laboratory slot, occurring Monday to Friday 8:30 - 11:20, 11:30 to 14:20, 14:30 to 17:20, or 17:30 – 20:20 pm.
Skills, Qualifications, Abilities and Experience – Required & Preferred: 
- Only students not having completed an undergraduate degree will be considered.
- Students must have at minimum completed 5 chemistry courses (15 units), with 4 courses (12 units) having a laboratory component.
- Preference will be given to students currently enrolled in a Chemistry or Chemical Biology program. 
- Applicants are asked to submit resume and the application found on the departmental website ( before the deadline listed below. 
For additional postings as per 13.03(b): Applications submitted to: Dr. Linda Davis, ABB 121,
Application deadline: 4:00 pm on Friday, August 10th, 2018
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, those legally able to work in Canada and at McMaster University will be given priority. McMaster is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. Accordingly, the University especially encourages applications from women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities. 
Please note: those who have not, at the time of application, been assigned 260 hours of Teaching Assistantship(s) will be given priority consideration. Those who have already been assigned 260 hours of Teaching Assistantship(s) at the time of application may nevertheless apply. Once the preference note above has been taken into account, applicants who have already been assigned 260 hours of Teaching Assistantship(s) may be offered the position, but in order to accept such offer they must obtain and submit written approval to work such additional hours pursuant to section 2.4.3 of the SGS calendar in the case of graduate student applicants, and from the appropriate Department Chair in the case of undergraduate applicants.
If you require this information in an alternate/accessible format, please contact Nina Bovair, Employee/Labour Relations Administrator at extension 23850.

C&CB is Currently looking for an Assistant Professor (Contractually Limited) in Chemical Education

The Department Chemistry & Chemical Biology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, invites applications for a two-year contractually limited faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Chemical Education.  

The successful candidate must have a PhD in chemistry or chemical biology at the time of appointment and should have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level.  Duties include teaching a range of courses, including general (first year) chemistry, Level II organic chemistry and laboratory courses in Chemical Biology, as well as administrative service.  Participation in curriculum development and/or undergraduate laboratory supervision may also be required, but there is no expectation that the candidate will develop an independent research program or engage in collaborative research.

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. Our focus on collaboratively exchanging ideas and approaches makes us uniquely positioned to pioneer groundbreaking solutions to real-world problems leading to a Brighter World.  The Faculty of Science works to create global impact by advancing scientific discovery and knowledge, and promoting greater understanding. Our innovative, interdisciplinary approach generates new methods and insights, results, and lasting change.

McMaster University has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff that reflects the diversity of our student body. The successful candidate will be committed to inclusion and excellence and the Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their teaching and/or service, to the diversity of the academic community. Women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons are strongly encouraged to apply. Gender diversity is being addressed at McMaster University through our policies and actions. One recent action in this area was the completion of a gender pay equity study and a resultant base salary adjustment applied to all female faculty members in July 2015. 

Faculty members at McMaster University enjoy numerous personal and professional benefits. University employees are offered an excellent benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, extended health care benefits, dental care, group life, long term disability, worldwide travel assistance, and a retirement plan. Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty women and men who become parents or are needed to care for family members. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier which includes a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness, and a statement on equity and diversity. Academic reference letters are not required at the time of application, but applicants must provide the names of three (3) referees who may be subsequently contacted.

Complete applications must be made online at (Faculty Positions) to the attention of: 

Dr. Gillian Goward, Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada, L8S 4K1

Review of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is expected to be on or before September 1, 2018. All applicants will receive an on-line confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: 

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Applications for this position will be accepted until June 29, 2018. To apply for this job, please submit your application online through Mosaic.


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