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Instructor – General Chemistry (AY Job #12891)
Arizona State University
School of Molecular Sciences

The School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) is accepting applications for a full-time general chemistry instructor with an anticipated start date of August 2019. The successful candidate will lead introductory and general chemistry active learning recitations and labs, assist in developing new collaborative learning activities, participate in the training and supervision of graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, and work with other faculty to provide instructional and administrative support in our large general chemistry program. The Instructor position is an academic year, benefits-eligible, non-tenure eligible position. Subsequent renewal is contingent upon availability of resources, satisfactory performance, and the needs of the university.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in chemistry or a related field
  • One year teaching experience or teaching assistant experience at the university level
  • Effective teaching ability as evidenced by peer and/or student reviews
  • Strong organization and communication skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD in chemistry or related field
  • Prior teaching experience in general chemistry lecture, laboratory or recitation courses
  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Experience working with diverse student populations
  • Multimedia presentation skills and aptitude for emerging technologies in content delivery
  • Supervisory/peer mentoring experience

To apply, please compile all materials listed below into a single pdf document, and email to Jennifer.boyd3@asu.edu. Insert “Instructor General Chemistry” into the subject line.

  1. 1.       Cover letter (explain professional experience, interest in, and fit with the position)
  2. 2.       Curriculum Vitae
  3. 3.       1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy
  4. 4.       Names and email address of three professional references
  5. 5.       Copies of evaluations and/or course materials representative of your previous teaching experience

Initial deadline for accepting applications is June 30th 2019. If not filled, reviews will continue every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a research-intensive university with outstanding research facilities and infrastructure support. Recently ranked #1 as the nation’s most innovative school, the university’s location within the large and fast-growing Phoenix region provides a rich context for applied research and community engagement around issues of molecular sciences. We invite you to learn more about the School of Molecular Sciences and Arizona State University by visiting https://sms.asu.edu and https://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu/.

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources.  ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf  You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

ASU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Further information on ASU’s policies can be found at https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and its complete non-discrimination statement at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.




Teaching Assistant (TA)

Each semester, the School of Molecular Sciences accepts applications for part time (~10 hours per week) and full-time (~20 hours per week) undergraduate TA positions. Undergraduate TAs receive a salary of $12.50 per hour, while gaining valuable teaching experience in our lower-division (100 and 200-level) courses. If you have a strong academic background, have completed coursework through at least Organic Chemistry, are enrolled in at least one unit of classes at ASU, and have exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, you are encouraged to apply.

Applications are accepted year-round and considered 1-2 weeks before each academic semester.

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General Chemistry Stockroom Student Employee


The general chemistry stockroom student employee assists the Laboratory Coordinator, Sr. and Assistant Lab Coordinator in the preparation of general chemistry lab investigations, cleaning, supply and chemical restocking of the general chemistry stockroom.


  • Assists in issuing equipment (LabQuests, PPE, etc.) to students and teaching assistants for use in general chemistry teaching labs
  • Organizes supplies, materials or equipment to set up CHM 101, 111, 112, 113,114 and 116 chemistry laboratory experiments
  • Preparation of stock chemical solutions and investigation materials for the general chemistry teaching labs
  • Operates laboratory and experiment equipment (e.g., LabQuests equipment and probes, centrifuges, analytical balances, spectrometers); conducts minor repairs or tests
  • Cleans glassware and other laboratory equipment or materials using appropriate standards.  Keeps all stockroom and prep areas clean
  • Collects hazardous waste and tags for disposal following ASU defined hazardous waste disposal procedures


University minimum qualifications provided by HR 

Completion of general chemistry courses: CHM 101 or CHM 113/116 or CHM 111/112 or CHM 114, or equivalent

Knowledge of general lab safety rules and regulations


Completion of one or more semesters of organic chemistry courses: CHM 233/334 and/or CHM 333/334, or equivalent

Knowledge and experience in the preparation of chemicals solutions and reagents in accordance with established procedures used in CHM 101,108,113,114 and 116 laboratory experiments

Experience using LabQuests equipment and probes, centrifuges, analytical balances, spectrometers

Recent completion of ASU Lab safety training and Fire safety training.

How To Apply:

1. Download and fill out the application form (pdf). PDF iconclick here to download.

2. Submit the completed form to : Michelle Kern, Laboratory Coordinator, Sr. by email to:  Michelle.Kern@asu.edu or drop off the form at General Chemistry Stockroom, PSG-106.



Government Sponsored Summer Research Opportunities

The National Institutes of Health sponsors a Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research.  These programs allow students to work on cutting-edge research projects and gain exposure to emerging techniques in biochemistry, molecular biology and chemical analysis. Applicants must be Lawful Permanent Residents or citizens of the United States.

Another type of internship is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)sponsored by the National Science Foundation. REUs are held at various academic institutions throughout the United States. Students work with university faculty members on projects in a variety of topics related to chemistry and biochemistry.  Applicants must be Lawful Permanent Residents or citizens of the United States.


The US Department of Energy also funds Science Undergraduate Internships (SULI) at a number of national laboratories across the United States.  The program seeks to encourage undergraduates and recent graduates to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences at Department of Energy laboratories.  The focus of the research varies depending on the location of the laboratory.  Summer internships are 10 weeks long. Fall and spring internships are also available. Applicants must be Lawful Permanent Residents or citizens of the United States.

NASA Internships provide the opportunity for students to work with career scientists in mentor-directed, degree-related projects.  Summer internships are 10 weeks long.  Fall and spring internships are also available.  Applicants must be US citizens.

The opportunities listed above are just a few of the many experiential programs sponsored by the United States government for undergraduates pursuing degrees in science.  A complete listing of research opportunities can be found on the Gateway to Federal Opportunities for Undergraduate Students.  Check it out!