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Nanotechnology Instructor/Undergraduate Laboratory Coordinator

Department: Chemistry Effective Date: July, 2014

USG 12

35 hr/wk

Reports to: Chair, Department of Chemistry

General Accountability

The Nanotechnology Instructor/Undergraduate Laboratory Coordinator (NIULC) is an instructor in one or more NE courses, has oversight of all Nanotechnology Engineering (NE) undergraduate laboratory operations within the Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC) and the Davis Centre (DC), and is responsible for NE laboratory course-content in addition to ensuring that the level of skill development is appropriate for students in the NE academic program In this context, Senior Laboratory Instructors delivering laboratory components of NE courses or of NE stand-alone laboratory courses report to the NIULC. More specifically the NIULC will typically contribute directly in the development and day-to-day operation of the NE 454L,NE 455L laboratory course sequence. The NIULC may be assigned other tasks by the Chair of the Department of Chemistry, normally upon request from the Director of the NE undergraduate program. Annual performance reviews of the NIULC shall be carried out by the Chair of the Department of Chemistry, normally based upon information provided by the Director of the Nanotechnology Engineering program.

Nature and Scope

The NIULC works closely with the Director and Associate Director(s) of the Nanotechnology Engineering program, and is primarily responsible for the organization and administration of the laboratory course component of the NE undergraduate program, including oversight of the supervision and management of all associated laboratory components of NE lecture courses and of all NE stand-alone laboratory courses. In this context, close collaboration with faculty and staff members who are teaching related courses will be required in order to ensure that material and skill development are properly coordinated and that a common format is maintained for NE laboratory manuals and other relevant documentation.

 The NIULC is responsible for the development of instructional aids for the enhancement of the laboratory experience, for monitoring laboratory safety in and maintaining the general infrastructure of all NE undergraduate laboratory space located in the QNC and DC buildings, for monitoring the day-to-day operations in and oversight of safety in all NE undergraduate laboratories.  The NIULC provides the respective Department Chairs with evaluations pertinent to the annual performance reviews for all Senior Laboratory Instructors involved in the operation of laboratory components of NE lecture courses and stand-alone NE laboratory courses. The NIULC works with the coordinator of the capstone engineering design courses, NE 408 and NE 409, to aid students both with the ordering of materials and equipment for their projects and in the provision of access to appropriate work space and equipment needed for the development of their prototype designs. 

The NIULC coordinates the grading of NE work reports by the Senior Laboratory Instructors and/or any graduate student Teaching Assistants that may be assigned for this purpose. As a major component of this task is that of quality control of the grading of WKRPTs 200/300/400 for the NE academic program, the NIULC will normally grade approximately one-third to one-half of all work reports received.


Duties and Responsibilities


 The following  more specific, though not exhaustive, list of duties and responsibilities is intended to aid in creating an atmosphere conducive to the general goals of the NE laboratory experience is developed and maintained. The NIULC:



Working Relationships


Internal working relationships involved are with:


Statistical Data

Teaches one lecture course and runs one quarter of NE 454L and NE 455L per academic year, plus serves as the Instructor of Note for all stand-alone laboratory courses, and coordinates all 13 undergraduate laboratory operations. Coordinates NE work report grading, including direct participation in the grading process. Assists the NE capstone design project coordinator.

Specific Accountabilities



Position Requirements



The NIULC must have a technical knowledge typically associated with an individual who holds a Ph.D. degree in an academic discipline pertinent to the NE academic program, and must hold, or must be qualified to acquire, licensed Professional Engineer (PEng or LEL) status in the Province of Ontario.






Well-skilled in the use of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or other word processing packages; extensive hardware and software knowledge in the area of nanotechnology engineering and/or science.


Interpersonal Skills

Internally: ability to communicate clearly and effectively with students, staff, course instructors, and administrators associated with the NE academic program;.

Externally: ability to communicate with contacts relevant to the NE undergraduate program and its goals.



Level of Responsibility and Decision-Making Authority


The NIULC is responsible and accountable for the smooth operation of all undergraduate laboratory courses within the NE undergraduate program.



Physical and Sensory Demands

There are potentially heavy demands associated with the operation of the full set of undergraduate laboratories within the teaching environment due to the multifacete

Working Conditions

Working Conditions


Due to the  hazardous nature of chemicals that may be employed in NE undergraduate laboratory operations, the NIULC must be available for consultation during all laboratory sessions.  Space and scheduling restrictions and other factors may necessitate that he/she work special schedules including, for example, work in the evenings. The NIULC is expected to accomplish his/her duties by arranging hours of work to allow him/her to be present during scheduled undergraduate laboratory hours of operation.


Should the NIULC work more than seven hours on a given day, he/she may arrange with the Director of the NE program for compensation via a reduction in the number of hours worked on  another day, or may arrange to recoup accumulated overtime during a later term in which the assigned course load is lighter.