Laboratory Assistant, Chemistry (9-month)

Drake University

Biotech, Chemical, Education-Teaching/Admin | Full Time | Onsite | Des Moines

Posted: 3/25/24

Job Description

Title: Laboratory Assistant, Chemistry (9-month) - 999393

Position Number: 999393

Unit/Department: Chemistry

FTE: Full-time (9-month)

Department Summary:

The Chemistry Department at Drake University provides students with the scientific knowledge and experiential skills necessary for a career in chemistry and related fields. In preparing students for a career, we encourage and promote personal interactions between students, faculty, and experienced professionals through a variety of interactive courses, undergrad-research, and seminar presentations.

Job Summary:

The Chemistry Department at Drake University invites applications for a full-time laboratory assistant position. We seek a candidate who will be committed to providing a rigorous and engaging laboratory experience for students enrolled in Biochemistry and organic chemistry courses. Responsibilities include teaching assigned laboratory sections, preparing teaching materials, and assessing student learning.

This 9-month position coincides with the academic year, running from mid-August through mid-May.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Baccalaureate degree in biochemistry or related fields
• Knowledge of specialized principles or techniques normally obtained through a four-year college/university academic program, and strong laboratory skills in chemistry.

Job Duties:

35% - Teach laboratory courses and pre-labs in accordance with course syllabi, furnished procedures and instructions provided during weekly faculty/staff meetings. Interact with students both within and outside the instructional setting in a professional manner. Follow, communicate, and consistently enforce laboratory safety policies during all laboratory periods. - (Essential)

30% - Prepare laboratory materials, complete experiments before each class and attend lecture. Promote student understanding of laboratory experiments and stimulate students' intellectual growth by assisting them during laboratory periods in proper procedures and practices and providing guidance rather than giving answers. Perform and help students perform accurate and precise laboratory measurements. - (Essential)

15% - Conduct on-going evaluation and prepare grade reports of student progress and maintain records of student course/class performance. Participate in writing laboratory quizzes and laboratory practical exams. Conduct supplemental instruction as needed. - (Essential)

15% - Maintain office hours and assist students with laboratory and other course related information. Maintain e-mail communication with students. - (Essential)

5% - Foster a cooperative work environment and perform other duties as assigned. - (Essential)

Salary & Benefits

The final offered salary will be dependent upon the qualifications and experiences of the selected candidate.

At Drake, we are proud to offer our employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents a comprehensive benefits package, which includes a wide range of core benefits, perks, and discounts. If you are exploring a job with Drake University, we invite you to spend a little time with our digital benefits guide: Drake Benefits Guide (Plan Year 2024).

One of our very popular policies provides a tuition waiver for Drake employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents. Drake also participates in not one, but two tuition exchange programs available to dependent children. You can learn about both the tuition waiver policy and tuition exchange programs here: Tuition Benefits.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants will be asked to complete the online application and provide a resume/cv, and a cover letter. Candidates will be asked to identify three references.

All job offers are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check, satisfactory reference checks, and proof of work authorization.

If you have questions about the application process, this position, or working at Drake University, please contact us at

Review of Applications Begins:

Review of applicants will begin March 31, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

For faculty positions, selection will depend on the receipt of recommendation confirming the candidate's scholarly achievements and teaching abilities and/or on the candidate's satisfactory passing of a teaching demonstration if selected for an on-campus interview. For staff positions, selection will depend upon careful review of each applicant’s references, education, and, if applicable, experience.

About Drake:
Drake University is recognized as a top private university in the Midwest. Drake is a midsize university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an increasingly diverse student body. We are deeply committed to equity and inclusion and creating a sense of belonging for all members of the campus community—faculty, staff, and students alike. More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Bulldog pack, a close-knit group of colleagues enthusiastic about preparing students to be global citizens and leaders, challenging assumptions. Drake University is not only an outstanding institution of higher learning, it is also a wonderful place to work. We are enthusiastically committed to welcoming new ideas and people into the fold, and to retaining and rewarding stellar employees.

All positions at Drake provide opportunities to contribute to Drake University’s core mission of creating an exceptional learning environment that prepares students of all backgrounds for meaningful lives and professional accomplishments.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Drake:
At Drake University, we don’t just accept differences—we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our students, our employees, and our community. Drake University is proud to support an equal opportunity, diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. In fact, the celebration of diversity and inclusion are embedded in our Core Values. Learn more about our DEI commitment and efforts here.

We welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. If you are a member of a socially or historically underrepresented or marginalized group or you have actively demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are a member of one of the equity groups identified by applicable law, we encourage you to self-identify, where requested in our online application system.

Drake University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. If you would benefit from an accommodation at any point in the recruitment process (including using our online application process), please contact Drake Human Resources (ph: 515.271.3133; e: and let us know how we can assist you.

At Drake University, we highly value a diverse, inclusive workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We stand firmly against discrimination including on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

Deadline to Apply 4/25/24


2507 University Avenue

Travel Required

Resume Required


Contact Person

Maureen De Armond

Deadline to Apply 4/25/24

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