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Laboratory Instructor Position, Chemistry

Mount Saint Vincent University

Laboratory Instructor Position (Chemistry)
Department of Chemistry and Physics

Inspired by a strong tradition of social responsibility and an enduring commitment to the advancement of women, Mount Saint Vincent University promotes academic excellence and the pursuit of knowledge through scholarship and teaching of the highest quality. Mount Saint Vincent University is committed to recruiting exceptional and diverse scholars and teachers. Recognized as a leader in flexible education, applied research, and a personalized approach to education, Mount Saint Vincent University is located on Canada’s East Coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Mi’kma’ki the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. Please visit

The Department of Chemistry and Physics is currently seeking applications for a Laboratory (Lab) Instructor in Chemistry commencing 1 July 2021.

The Description

Applicants should possess at least an MSc in Inorganic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry as well as relevant experience teaching in the laboratory at the university level. Experience teaching online would be a valuable asset. The successful candidate will manage and instruct laboratory exercises associated with courses in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and other subjects, and should have a record of creative and effective student engagement. As lab instructors work cooperatively with lecturers, teaching assistants and technicians, the successful candidate must be collegial and have excellent interpersonal skills.

Workload includes cooperating with the Chair of Chemistry/Physics and the incumbent lab instructor in the assignment of teaching duties, performing the administrative duties required by these assignments, planning (with lecturers) the content of lab exercises, maintaining and updating lab manuals, hiring and supervising teaching assistants, working with technicians to ensure that appropriate resources are available for exercises, maintaining safety standards in the lab and field and educating students about these standards, instructing lab sessions, guiding and assessing student work, consulting with students, and working with lecturers to determine the final course grades. According to the Collective Agreement with the Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association, the normal full-time teaching workload for a Lab Instructor is six three-hour lab periods per week in each of the fall and winter terms. Laboratory exercises may be scheduled for mornings, afternoons and/or evenings. Lab Instructors will provide collegial service to the department and the university and maintain professional and research currency. The successful candidate may be asked to provide help for the operation and routine maintenance of the department’s newly installed 400 MHz NMR spectrometer.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Agreement with the Mount Saint Vincent University
Faculty Association (please visit

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching experience and interests teaching in a laboratory, and contact information for three references. The department will begin considering applications on
19 February 2021. The position will remain open until filled and is subject to final budgetary approval.

Send the application in a single PDF by email (with a subject title “Chemistry lab instructor application”) to:

Dr. Aibing Xia
Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Mount Saint Vincent University

Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.