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Hartwick College Technical Specialist in Chemistry in Oneonta, New York

Date: September 16, 2020Title: Technical Specialist in Chemistry

Description: Under the supervision of the Chair of the Chemistry Department, the Technical Specialist in Chemistry supports science learning for majors and non-majors, including the acquisition of skills applicable to entry-level technical jobs. The Technical Specialist will ensure that our chemistry laboratories and instrumentation are safe, clean, and run efficiently to support student learning in the Promise Core, advanced courses, and with undergraduate research projects. As a support person to the department and as supervisor of some work study students, the Technical Specialist will help students develop new skills and work experience that will translate to their FlightPath and resume. The Technical Specialist develops and maintains hazard awareness and safety protocols in accordance with regulatory agencies (NYSDOH, DEC), and works in coordination with the Chemical Hygiene Office of the College to Maintain the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) file for all chemicals in stock.


  • The Technical Specialist is responsible for troubleshooting and maintenance of all instrumentation owned by the Department of Chemistry.

  • Teach up to two, 100-level sections of Chemistry Laboratory per semester

  • Assist faculty and students with locating and procuring supplies, including placing orders, following up on problems with vendors, repair technicians, and receiving and distributing new materials

  • Maintain a chemical and equipment inventory in an orderly fashion, including hard and digital data bases and help develop and maintain hazard awareness and safety protocols for the Chemistry Department

  • Maintain a record of hazardous waste produced and how it was disposed of

  • Maintain a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) file for chemicals in stock

  • Manage student workers in a productive manner

  • Instruct student workers on proper laboratory protocols

  • Train and supervise 6-8 work-study employees. This entails safety in handling hazardous chemicals and proper labeling and disposal of chemicals

  • Generate work orders

  • Ability to create and maintain positive relationships with all internal and external constituents

  • Participate in significant College events including Welcome Weekend, True Blue Weekend, and Commencement Weekend

  • Comply with all applicable College, federal, state, local and associational laws, rules and regulations

  • As a representative of the College, comport oneself in a professional manner at all times, both on and off campus

  • Perform other job related duties as assigned

Qualifications: The minimum requirements for this position are a Master?s degree in a chemistry/scientific field as well as 3 years of experience in a similar field/position.

  • Familiarity with common chemical instrumentation including GC/MS, HPLC, and NMR

  • Laboratory teaching experience preferable

  • Basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, databases)

  • Working knowledge of basic laboratory skills including chemical solutions, technical writing and laboratory safety

  • A knowledge of general, organic, and analytical chemistry, mathematics as it applies to a four-year college or university chemistry program

  • Laboratory experience working with chemicals and hazardous materials

  • High level written and verbal communication skills

  • Attention to detail is a must

  • Supervisory experience is a plus

  • Ability to be flexible

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,200 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce.

Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to ?be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.?

Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of benefits eligible employees, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression. Hartwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening ?the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.? Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational and employment environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

Hartwick College is committed to a diverse candidate pool, values an inclusive workforce and workplace environment, and wishes to minimize or eliminate the impact of implicit bias during the search and hiring process.

All applicants are asked to submit the following materials with their online applications:

  • A cover letter;

  • A resume;

  • A Diversity Statement that addresses how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College?s Diversity Statement (; and

  • The names and contact information for three references, with annotation regarding how the reference is related to you and your work (at least one of your references must be from a current and/or previous supervisor).

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.