Oregon State University Laboratory Assistant in Corvallis, Oregon

Internal Job Number: P01584CT


This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Laboratory Assistant position for the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University (OSU).

The Laboratory Assistant provides support to the Science Laboratory Preparator, the Laboratory Director, the instructors, and the graduate teaching assistants by assisting with routine duties in the undergraduate chemistry teaching labs. The Laboratory Assistant has a responsibility to follow all laboratory safety rules and help to enforce safety rules with the teaching assistants.

The primary mission of the OSU Department of Chemistry is to provide a program of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral education in chemistry and to conduct research and scholarly activities focused on areas of chemistry important to biology, materials and the environment. The department offers B.A., B. S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. The Department has 26 faculty members, 75 graduate students, and approximately 185 majors. Approximately 2000 students are enrolled in the General Chemistry program each year.

The College of Science provides a core instructional role at OSU, supporting the ideals of learning, discovery, and engagement that are the foundation of a land-grant university. The College embraces instruction and research, in disciplines ranging from the physical, mathematical, statistical sciences to the life sciences that are based in unbiased inquiry and a dedication to discovery and innovation. The College of Science is committed to partnering with industry and public agencies to address some of the most compelling challenges of today and tomorrow.

Minimum Qualifications (Staff) / Guidelines (Faculty):

Training or experience demonstrating the a) knowledge of basic laboratory techniques; b) knowledge of laboratory terminology, equipment, and materials; c) knowledge of basic math; d) ability to follow formulas accurately; e) ability to handle, package, and store laboratory specimens and materials; f) ability to operate and maintain standard laboratory equipment; g) ability to learn routing testing methods, procedures, and techniques; h) ability to keep accurate records in conformance with laboratory procedures; and i) ability to follow written and verbal instructions.High school courses, in chemistry, biology, mathematics, or any course which included laboratory work, are considered qualifying.

Requirements :

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OAR 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.


Work is performed in Chemistry teaching labs.

Exposure to carcinogens, laboratory magnetic fields (NMR, etc.), toxic chemicals, biological agents, compressed or cryogenic gases.