Organic Chemistry 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: April 2022

Course #* Course Title # of TAs required Term** # of Hours

Projected Enrolment (if available)

Supervisor

Anticipated Duties (see below)

Chem 2OA3

Organic Chemistry I

2

2225

65+3

350

K. Luska

L, S, G, P, 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 https://academiccalendars.romcmaster.ca/index.php?catoid=32 and https://registrar.mcmaster.ca/dates-and-deadlines/

Anticipated Duties:
L

Leading Tutorials/Overseeing Laboratories/Field Trip Supervision

P

Preparation (Reading, Attending Lectures, Meeting with Instructor)

S

Student Consultation (Emails, Office Hours)

I

Invigilation

G

Grading (Marking, Entering Marks)

O

Other duties as assigned:

 
Lecture/Laboratory/Tutorial Locations, Times and Days (if available):
-       Spring (2225) Term – supervision of in-person laboratories, grading of lab reports, consultation on grade inquires of lab reports, grading of examinations

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. Kylie Luska, orgochem@mcmaster.ca 

Application deadline: Friday, April 22nd, 2021 by 4:30 PM 

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 Opportunity - Academic Department Manager III

 The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology is searching for an Academic Department Manager.

Reporting to the Department Chair, The Academic Department Manager III is responsible for the strategic and operational management of a very large, complex academic department with multiple functions including graduate and undergraduate programming, fee for service facilities, labs, research institutes, centres, and external partnerships. This role plays an integral role in driving the department strategy and ensuring alignment with the strategic vision of the University, influencing the culture within the department, reinforcing university values and shaping the direction of the department offerings with a forward-looking perspective. 

Ranked as one of the world’s top 70 universities, McMaster University is known for teaching and research excellence. Our purpose is the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge. In our teaching, research, and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence. We value integrity, quality, inclusiveness, and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for lifelong learning. We serve the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and our society. 

About the Department: The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, with a contingent of 29 full-time faculty members, conducts leading-edge research and top-tier training of undergraduate and graduate students in all areas of chemistry.  We boast world-class facilities and instrumentation and maintain rich collaborative relationships with many departments across campus and with various McMaster research institutes and core facilities including the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, the Biointerfaces Institute, the Institute for Infectious Diseases Research, and Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research.

About the Position: Reporting to the Department Chair, The Academic Department Manager III is responsible for the strategic and operational management of a very large, complex academic department with multiple functions including graduate and undergraduate programming, fee for service facilities, labs, research institutes, centres, and external partnerships. This role plays an integral role in driving the department strategy and ensuring alignment with the strategic vision of the University, influencing the culture within the department, reinforcing university values and shaping the direction of the department offerings with a forward-looking perspective. 

Key Accountabilities
•    Provides administrative and operational leadership, visioning and strategic planning, and advises the Chair and faculty members on financial and human resources, space, curriculum, academic planning, advising and scheduling, and other strategic matters.
•    Collaborates with the academic leadership of the department and senior administrative staff of the Faculty and with central offices such as the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the School of Grad Studies, the Office of the Registrar, Human Resources, Institutional Research and Analysis, ROADs, MILO, Finance, Facility Services. 
•    Provides critical analysis of the Department’s needs related to planning, resourcing and proposal development using detailed data analytics to develop and drive the Department’s strategy. 
•    Provides a link between incoming and outgoing faculty and staff on operational procedures and policy as they relate to undergraduate and graduate education, and research administration, and advises on new initiatives or changes to policies and procedures at both the department and university levels.
•    Plays an integral role in managing and overseeing all aspects of the Accreditation process (includes overseeing the administration of the annual Graduate Attribute measurement and collection process, as well as the preparation for the program visits) 
•    Manages and oversees the Internal Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) for both graduate and undergraduate programs. 
•    On a day-to- day basis, the Manager implements the policy decisions taken by the Department, Faculty, or University with respect to undergraduate and graduate students, and research administration, represents the department/programs on University-wide committees, and provides leadership and direction to the staff who provide service to students in the undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Other Key Areas Include: 

1)    Financial Management
•    Independently manages the financial resources (operating, research, facilities/services, research institutes and centres) of the department. 
•    Serves as the Chair’s delegate and has financial decision making and signing authority necessary for the continued operation of the Department. 
•    Develops and monitors financial policies and procedures and ensures compliance with University policies, participating in audits where necessary, develops and prepares reports. 
2)    Strategic Planning
•    Plays a key role in advising the Chair on strategic planning, not only in the respective Department but also within the Faculty.  
•    Drives the implementation of the department strategy and ensures alignment with the strategic vision of the University, influences the culture within the department, reinforces university values and shapes the direction of the department offerings with a forward-looking perspective. 
•    Provides critical analysis of the Department’s needs related to planning, resourcing and proposal development using detailed data analytics.
3)    Operational Management
•    Responsible for ensuring that the Department is managed in an effective and efficient manner.
•    Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates all infrastructure activities of the Department including staff recruitment, promotion, human resource, finance, research and teaching activities within the Department. 
•    Develops and facilitates marketing and communication plans for the Department. 
4)    Human Resources Management
•    Manages all direct reports including hiring, work assignment, conflict management, performance management, hiring disciplinary action, training and development for direct reports. 
•    Supports the Chair in hiring and onboarding all employees including Faculty, Sessionals ,Post Docs, IAs, TAs, work study, co-ops, technical and research staff 
•    Establishes and ensures adherence to quality and quantity standards and coordinates the resource needs of the staff, balances workloads, assesses and meets training requirements. 
5)    Physical Resource Management: 
•    Performs space analysis for space planning activities (including funding), tracking the NASM for budgeting purposes/reporting ensuring optimal space utilization within the Department 
•    Ensures the maintenance of a fixed asset and space inventory and creates asset replacement plans to accompany the budget each year. 
•    Serves as the main contact and must resolve all security issues. 
6)    Education Administrative Support: 
•    Responsible for managing the resources and infrastructure supporting education activities within the Department and is heavily involved in academic planning, advising and development. Educational activities include: 
•    Manages and participates in (representing the non-academic members of the Department) the Departmental Accreditation process (for external bodies such as IQAP and Accreditation Boards (for graduate and undergraduate programs) and internal process, i.e., department reviews). 
•    Accountable for administration of graduate and undergraduate programs (i.e., financial, statistical, external reviews). 
7)    Research Administrative Support: 
•    Oversees the administrative support of research activity within the Department
•    Observes and identifies opportunities for research collaboration, keeping the Chair informed. 
•    Consults with research finance on complex financial or legal matters as required, providing advice and direction to the Chair and faculty members. 

Are you the right candidate? 
This role requires a senior level professional with at least 5-10 years of managerial/leadership experience with a broad understanding of research, finance, Faculty and University initiatives. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of driving strategic initiatives and has been recognized for building impactful relationships, handling complex decisions with tact, good judgement and diplomacy. Additionally, the successful incumbent will have demonstrated experience making decisions independently and exercising leadership in the management of support services.

Other qualifications 
•    Master’s level degree in relevant field or a professional designation such as CPA 
•    Demonstrated knowledge and experience interpreting policies, procedures, and guidelines 
•    Must be organized, a long range-planner and an accomplished problem-solver able to quickly assess situations and individuals and lead solutions. 

 Apply on-line.The full job description and details can be found by visiting here and searching for job 44482. 

CCB's Sarah Styler is One of Two New Canada Research Chairs in Science

Sarah Styler was among 10 McMaster researchers awarded Canada Research Chairs earlier this month. Sarah joined the Faculty of Science in 2020.

Sarah, an Assistant Professor with the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry. "I always tell students that the arc of my academic career in environmental and atmospheric chemistry began somewhat inauspiciously. In the summer before my second year of my undergraduate degree, I made a split-second decision between environmental chemistry and evolutionary biology. At the same time, I embrace the role that luck and chance have played in determining my academic interests, and the breadth of topics that I and my research team can explore as atmospheric chemists. For example, at the moment, students in my research group are studying the chemistry occurring in urban road dust, wildfire smoke and ash, and museum storage environments."

Sarah says she's been fortunate to have had so many mentors and teachers throughout her career. "There were the supportive faculty in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Toronto where I completed all of my training; my excellent colleagues at the University of Alberta, my former institution; my inspiring network of peers in Atmospheric Chemistry at Canadian and international institutions; my first group of graduate students, who I often think taught me more than I taught them. My first mentor, best teacher, and all-around inspiration, though, has always been my brilliant and creative mom, who took me on nature walks, helped me to design science experiments, and encouraged my learning in all areas, and who is still my first point of contact for all trials and tribulations."

With Sarah's appointments, there are now 19 Canada Research Chairs in the Faculty of Science, with four being from C&CB:

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Radiochemistry and/or Radiopharmaceutical Sciences

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.

Position Description

McMaster University, a world-leader in medical isotope and radiopharmaceutical research, invites applicants for a new faculty position in the general area of radiochemistry and radiopharmaceutical sciences in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology.  This is a tenure track full time faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, effective July 1st, 2022.

The University has identified Nuclear, including all work involving medical isotopes, as a priority area. The position will join an established radiopharmaceutical research program, which includes outstanding staff and infrastructure notably a dedicated high-level radiation research facility, cyclotron, nuclear reactor, and modern radiopharmaceutical research laboratories. The University is also host to the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC) which has a successful trackrecord of moving radiopharmaceuticals from the bench to the bedside and creating new spinout companies.

While collaborating with the existing team and leveraging the unique research environment and tools, the successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research program and explore new avenues of independent medical isotope, radiochemistry and radiopharmaceutical research. Work that has the potential to be cross-disciplinary will be regarded as an additive asset.

The candidate will have access to cyclotron and reactor-derived isotopes and radiochemistry facilities at McMaster, which include licensed labs and modern discovery and characterization tools. This $22M facility is licensed to handle a wide range of isotopes and is equipped to perform chemical, biological and pre-clinical imaging studies.

Applicants should clearly demonstrate potential to develop a prominent, externally funded research program and a commitment to excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.   We are seeking candidates who have a doctoral degree and relevant post-doctoral experience in radiochemistry, radiopharmaceutical sciences or a closely related field, as well as a promising record of research scholarship and productivity. 

The Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, with a contingent of 29 full-time faculty members, conducts leading-edge research and top-tier training of students in all areas of chemistry, and has achieved major breakthroughs in physical, inorganic, theoretical, analytical, and organic chemistry.  We boast world-class facilities and instrumentation and maintain rich collaborative relationships with many McMaster research institutes including the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, the Biointerfaces Institute, the Institute for Infectious Diseases Research, and Brockhouse Institute
for Materials Research.

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. Our focus on collaboratively exchanging ideas and approaches makes us uniquely positioned to pioneer ground-breaking solutions to real-world problems leading to a Brighter World. The Faculty of Science works to create global impact by advancing scientific discovery and knowledge, and promoting greater understanding. Our innovative, interdisciplinary approach generates new methods and insights, results, and lasting change. 

Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty members to achieve a work-life balance.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

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 First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete, through McMaster’s application submission portal. The answering of survey questions is voluntary with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process. 

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science at baileyd@mcmaster.ca to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply - To apply for this job, please submit your application online.

Complete applications must be made online at https://hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportunities/ (Faculty Positions, Job 42165) by February 15, 2022 (this is an extension of the originally published application deadline ) to the attention of Dr. Gillian Goward, Professor & Chair, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1.

A complete application consists of: 

  • a cover letter (including a statement regarding whether the applicant has Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status (see below))
  • a current, detailed Curriculum Vitae 
  • a statement of research interests (2-page maximum), including detailed descriptions of three research projects that exemplify the proposed research program, as well as a list of the major instrumentation and equipment necessary to pursue the proposed research program
  • a statement highlighting the candidate’s top three publications and specifying the significance and novelty of these contributions
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2-page maximum)
  • a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, community-based or other professional settings (2-page maximum)
  • the names and full contact information of at least three referees.  
    • Letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.   

Review of complete applications will begin February 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  All applicants will receive an on-line, system-generated confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.  Please be advised that any full-time, permanent faculty member of the Department can request confidential access to the application materials, including the reference letters.  

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications, as stated above, MUST include one of the following statements in their application package:  “I am/am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”  Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

Vaccination Policy Statement
The University is committed to providing and maintaining healthy and safe working and learning environments for all workers, students, volunteers and visitors. 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. As defined by the provincial government, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series. Vaccines approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization will be recognized. The University will continue to follow the guidance of public health organizations to define fully vaccinated.
 
Effective September 7 through to October 18, those employees who are not fully vaccinated will participate in rapid testing twice per week, pending assessment of a human rights exemption or being fully vaccinated. Processes for confidentially disclosing vaccination status, completing testing, and review of human rights exemptions have been developed and you will be advised further upon hire.
 
The vaccination requirement has been adopted as part of the University’s efforts to keep our community safe, and based on the evidence which is demonstrating that vaccination is one of the most significant measures that can be taken to protect student, staff, faculty and community members. Further information is available at the following link: https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/campus-health-safety/#tab-content-vaccination. More information on the University’s Health and Safety framework is available online at https://hr.mcmaster.ca/resources/covid19/.
 
Questions regarding the above requirements or any accommodation requests through the recruitment process can be directed to your human resources contact.
 
 
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