Career Pathways

Employment for chemical professionals can be divided into five main sectors: industry; government; academia; non-profit; and entrepreneurship. The career of a Chemist begins at the undergraduate phase and career building starts as early as the first day of classes. The professors, directors and staff provide new chemists with mentorship, guiding them in their professional path.

Building Careers with Departmental Teaching Assistantships & Lecturer Positions

Department Assistantships and Part-time Lectureships are available to incoming M.S. and upper level B.S. Chemistry students. 

M.S. in Chemistry applicants are automatically considered for these positions upon receipt of their application and need not apply under separate cover. Interviews for these positions typically occur in the months of April – June. To be considered for these positions, we encourage M.S. applications be submitted by March 1st.

Lectureships are paid per credit and awarded to incoming students in the Fall of their first semester.

Assistantships are awarded to full-time incoming students who begin their course of study in the Fall semester. Assistants are awarded an annual stipend and are responsible for teaching four classes per year while attaining their degree. Assistantships may include tuition waiver in addition to the annual stipend. 

Types of Chemistry Positions

Part-time Lecturer: Chemical Principles Laboratory

Duties:

  • Under the guidance and direction of the Undergraduate Director, teach a 3 hour laboratory course on Chemical Principles
  • Assist students during lab exercises, as needed
  • Assist in chemical waste management
  • Prepare and set-up the lab stations each week and maintain laboratory organization and cleanliness
  • Attend weekly review session with Undergraduate Director
  • Grade laboratory assignments and reports according to the rubric provided by the Undergraduate Director of Chemistry

Part-time Lecturer: Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Duties:

  • Under the guidance and direction of the Undergraduate Director, teach a 3 hour laboratory course on Organic Chemistry
  • Assist students during lab exercises, as needed
  • Assist in chemical waste management
  • Prepare and set-up the lab stations each week and maintain laboratory organization and cleanliness
  • Attend weekly review session with Undergraduate Director
  • Grade laboratory assignments and reports according to the rubric provided by the Undergraduate Director of Chemistry

Part-time Reagent Assistant

Duties:

  • Prepare the reagents for the Chemical Principles and Organic Chemistry Laboratories
  • Clean glassware and maintain cleanliness of the laboratory
  • Assist with the preparation of laboratory exercises prior to class
  • Assist with data processing or chemical inventory, if needed