Director of General Chemistry Labs

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science


The Department of Chemistry at The Pennsylvania State University seeks outstanding applicants to apply for their Director of General Chemistry Labs position. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Teaching, Associate Teaching, or Teaching Professor dependent upon the candidate’s qualifications and experience. The primary responsibility of the Director is to provide leadership and overall management to the general chemistry lab program. This includes curriculum development; participation in a new Freshman Research Initiative; the selection, hiring, training, and supervision of Teaching Assistants (TAs) and lab supervisors and related administrative work; the acquisition of new instrumentation; management of program finances; and the pursuit of funding from internal and external sources. Mentoring of undergraduate students in research related to the development of new labs is expected and teaching general chemistry courses is possible. Our general chemistry program currently involves eight different lab courses, over 50 TAs, and serves ~2,000 students per semester. A $10M+ renovation of the general chemistry laboratory facilities was completed in 2016. The Director is expected to work together with the directors of other chemistry lab courses, including analytical, organic, and physical chemistry, to provide a strong, comprehensive, and integrated lab program for students. The Director is expected to set a standard of excellence, to maintain this standard through continuous improvements, and to share notable achievements through conference presentations and publications. Competitive applicants should have a Ph.D. in chemistry or closely related field, an outstanding record of teaching accomplishments, an innovative future teaching plan, and be capable of achieving teaching excellence at the undergraduate level. As a college, the Eberly College of Science takes an active role in building a talented and inclusive workforce. Applicants should possess a commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment in their department and college. In addition to completing a Penn State application, an application must be submitted at The application materials should include a cover letter, current CV, and a statement of teaching philosophy which also addresses teaching within a multicultural and diverse community of students, staff, and faculty. Applicants will also need to arrange for three reference letters to be submitted to Academic Jobs Online. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2019, and the search will continue until the position is filled. Penn State is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. For more information on the Penn State Chemistry Department, visit

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088