Chemistry Laboratory Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer

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The Laboratory Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer is responsible for the overall organization and routine operation of the chemistry instructional laboratories as well as the management of campus chemical inventory, waste, and safety training.


  • Coordinate, order and manage the inventory of chemicals and supplies
  • Prepare materials (chemicals and specialty equipment) for assigned experiments in all courses
  • Supervise, train, and schedule student workers
  • Oversee the maintenance and use of laboratory instruments
  • Work with the faculty and administration to maintain and update a Chemical Hygiene Plan in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Conduct regular safety training for faculty, staff, and students working with and around hazardous chemicals in the workplace (training should include safe work practices, use of personal protective equipment, and procedures dealing with accidents involving toxic substances). Maintain centralized records documenting training.  Ensure that staff and students understand the training received
  • Work in collaboration with stockroom supervisors, and appropriate staff, to maintain an accurate and updated chemical inventory for the College
  • Work with faculty to monitor safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • Conduct laboratory inspections periodically to ensure compliance
  • Investigate and complete a report for any incident involving chemicals or exposure on campus
  • Provide reports of chemical hygiene activities performed
  • Learn and apply the contents of relevant regulations concerning chemical safety
  • Act as a resource for students, faculty and staff on problems related to chemical safety
  • Perform required safety audits
  • Maintain a Material Safety Data Sheet database
  • Organize annual Hazardous Waste disposal
  • Proactively identify and attend appropriate training courses as needed (Laboratory Waste Management, Hazardous Material Training, Biosafety, etc…)


Minimum requirement is a B.A. or B.S. degree in chemistry or related field, M.A. or M.S. applicants are also encouraged. Experience with modern laboratory instrumentation is desirable.  An aptitude for routine repair and maintenance of equipment is important. The Manager must have good communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills as well as possess excellent organizational skills. The Manager should also enjoy working with college-age students and previous experience supervising, training, and scheduling workers is a plus. Basic computer skills are required.

To Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume, statement on diversity describing how your values and leadership frame or center diversity, equity, and inclusion in your work, and contact information for three references to:  [email protected]

  • Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.

Earlham College requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).