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General Chemistry Laboratory Assistant

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 502690
Division/Organization: College of Letters & Science
Job Type: UW Student Jobs
Remote Eligbility: Not Remote
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: $11.00
Job Categories: Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Digital Technology, Teamwork/Collaboration, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Education and Training, STEM, Honoring Context and Culture


Department Overview:

Department of Chemistry

Anticipated Start Date:

August 29, 2022

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):

December 22, 2022

Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

These positions are entirely in-person, although some work (preparation) is to be done remotely. All lab sessions and staff meetings require in-person attendance.

Anticipated Hours Per Week:

9-12 hours, depending on appointment level


Teaching assignments are planned around each LA's own class schedule. Applicants need to have open blocks of time during which they are available to teach. Those with full class schedules are difficult to accommodate. Exact section assignments are not finalized until about a week before the start of classes. Some lab sections meet in the evenings.

CHEM 103, 104, and 109 run during 12, 10, and 12 weeks of the semester, respectively

Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:

$11.00 per hour

Number of Positions:

10-17 new positions available

The assured consideration date is July 15, 2022. 
Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled.


  • Applicants must be UW-Madison students currently enrolled for the Fall 2022 semester.
  • Undergraduate students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering are preferred but students with a different major AND strong chemistry background are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have completed general chemistry (CHEM 104 or 109) with a grade of B or better.
    • Applicants who only completed CHEM 103 will not be considered for the position.
    • Students who completed CHEM 115 and 116 as well as other chemistry classes will be considered.
    • Intermediate level courses in organic, analytical, and/or inorganic are a plus, but not required. 
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 is required. An overall GPA of 3.30 or higher is strongly preferred.
  • In-person lab experience is strongly preferred.
  • Work during midterm weeks will be required. There is no lab session running during finals' week.
Third or fourth year students are preferred but second year students with an especially strong chemistry background will also be considered.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Applicants should enjoy chemistry and be eager to share their enthusiasm for the subject with other students! The successful candidate will have excellent communication and time management skills, be able to work with students of diverse backgrounds, be a team player, and be dependable, professional, and willing to learn. 

Position Summary/Job Duties:

The estimated time commitment for LA positions for two (or three) labs per week is 9 (or 12) hours per week. Job duties include:

  • Supervise CHEM 103, 104, or 109 labs alongside a teaching or faculty assistant (3.25 hours per lab)
  • Answer students questions and offer guidance when appropriate (including lab technique demonstration, instrument troubleshooting, discussion of class content …)
  • Ensure safe laboratory practices are followed by students
  • Prepare ahead for laboratory sessions by reviewing lab manual, lab videos, and attending weekly lab briefings
  • Additional duties can include support role for emergency subbing for fellow LAs and course material review

NOTE: Lab Assistants are NOT involved in lecture and discussion, they are also not responsible for grading of the lab reports, only lab supervision

Required training begins Monday, August 29 and continues through Tuesday, September 6, 2022 (excluding the weekend).
People who cannot attend the entire week are still encouraged to apply. An alternate training session might be offered if needed, based on the applications we receive

Please direct any questions to Dr. Lea Gustin: 

COVID-19 Workplace Safety:

Please review and be aware of the Student Employee COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy.

Physical Demands:

Standing for long periods of time (up to 3.5 hrs) at laboratory benches and walking around the laboratory

Institutional Statements:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

Accommodation Statement:

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:


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