Sustainable Chemistry Program Student, Liam Wittenberg, Wins First Prize at Chemistry in Canada 2067




We are delighted to announce that Liam Wittenberg, who will begin his fourth year as a Sustainable Chemistry major this September, has been awarded First Prize at Chemistry in Canada 2067. This symposium, highlighting the research contributions of 20 undergraduate students (these undergraduates were pre-selected from all undergraduate poster presentations for a special oral presentation), was held at the recent CSC/CCCE Meeting in Calgary. Liam’s presentation, entitled 'Copper crosslinked silicone film in RGB colors: Redox as a cure mode?'showcased his work making silicone elastomers without catalysts using copper ions as chelating crosslinkers. The products should have antibacterial activity arising from the copper and, more importantly, facile recovery of the copper allows the originalsilicone fluid to be recovered. Liam will be completing his fourth-year thesis in the Brook Group in the coming academic year.

CCB is hiring TA's for Level I Courses 2022-2023

The first year chemistry program is currently accepting applications for undergraduate teaching assistants for the 2022-20223 academic year (CHEM 1A03/1E03 and CHEM 1AA3).   Applicants should have completed a minimum of 5 chemistry or chemical biology courses that include a laboratory component (virtual or in-person are both accepted).   Responsibilities include supervision of in-person labs, invigilation of in-person midterm tests, and grading of pre- and post-lab work submitted by students to the Avenue platform.   The weekly time commitment is ~ 4- 8 hours/week depending on the contract.   Please complete the application and submit your cover letter and resume/CV here.   Application due date is August 21st at 11:59 pm ET.

Teaching Assistant Job Posting 

Department/School/Unit: Chemistry and Chemical Biology                                                           Bargaining Unit: CUPE 3906 Unit #1
Wage Rate: $25.81 (Class B)
Date of Posting: July 2020

Course #*

Course Title

# of TAs required


# of Hours

Projected Enrolment

(if available)


Anticipated Duties

(see below)

Chem 1A03/1E03 & 1AA3

Intro Chem I and Intro Chem II





L Davis

L, S, G, P, I, O

*       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)




Grading (Marking, Entering Marks)


Other duties as assigned:

 Lecture/Laboratory/Tutorial Locations, Times and Days (if available):
-        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. Labs take place in ABB.   

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 or chemical biology 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, as well as upper-year students.
-        Applicants are asked to submit resume and the application here found on the departmental website before the deadline listed below. 

For additional postings as per 13.03(b):
Applications submitted to: Dr. Linda Davis, 

Application deadline: 4:00 pm on Friday, August 21st, 2022 

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.

Career Posting - SESSIONAL FACULTY - CHEM 2E03 - Introductory Organic Chemistry

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology invites applications for the following teaching position to be offered in the 2022 - 23 fall session.

Date of Posting: See Mosaic Posting Dates

Department Contact: Tanja Petrovic (

Course Name(s)/Number(s): CHEM 2E03 - Introductory Organic Chemistry

Term: September 6 2022 - December 22, 2022
Number of Section(s) Available: 1
Number of Units per Section: 3
Location: In-person with possible on-line components
Projected Enrollment: 400
Projected TA Support: 8
Wage Rate* $7,630.55 as per schedule "A" of the CUPE Local 3906 Unit 1 Collective Agreement
Start Time and Duration: September - December 2022
Course Description/Relevant Employment Duties:

Single term Introductory Organic Chemistry offering for students in engineering, biomedical sciences, health sciences and life sciences streams. Topics covered include structure and bonding, acids and bases, conformations and stereochemistry, spectroscopy, and reactivity of organic molecules including addition, substitution, elimination, carbonyl, and nucleophilic acyl substitution reactions.

Three lectures, one tutorial; first term

Required Qualifications: Ph.D preferred, or equivalent combination of graduate education and experience in organic chemistry

Preferred Qualifications: Previous teaching experience at the undergraduate level is preferred.

*Supplemented Fees- 15.02(a) The employee may be eligible to receive supplemented fees in accordance with Schedule C of the Collective Agreement. The actual rate of pay when in excess of the base rate of pay is deemed to include any supplemented fees owing, to the extent of the excess amount. If the actual rate of pay is less than the sum of the base rate of pay and the supplemented fees owing, then the employee shall receive the difference

How To Apply

To apply for this job, please submit your application online, and include the following:

A cover letter stating your intent to apply for the position (including your address, phone number, and email address) and emphasizing your experience with the material to be taught.

A resume listing your academic qualifications and relevant employment experience.

Information necessary to determine your current and aggregate seniority (as defined by Article 20 of the Unit 2 Collective Agreement). Questions may be directed to CUPE 3906 (905-525-9140 Ext. 24003).

Names and contact information of two references.

Employment Equity Statement

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment. Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey - Statement of Collection for additional information.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact:

Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247), or
Faculty of Health Sciences HR Office at ext. 22207, or
School of Graduate Studies at ext. 23679

to communicate accommodation needs.

Vaccination Policy Statement

The University is committed to providing and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning environments for all employees, students, volunteers and visitors. In accordance with the University’s Vaccination Policy-COVID-19 Requirements for Employees and Students (the “Vaccination Policy”), effective October 18, 2021 all McMaster community members, including employees, accessing a McMaster campus or facility in person are required to be fully vaccinated or to have received an exemption from the University for a valid human rights ground. This is a term and condition of employment. The University will continue to follow the guidance of public health organizations to define fully vaccinated status.

Further information is available at the following link: More information on the University’s Health and Safety framework is available online at

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