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Open Opportunities in the Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Open Positions:

Administrative Associate 3 (Job Number 77858)

Come work for us! The Stanford Chemistry Department includes 25 faculty, 4 lecturers, ~80 postdocs, ~250 PhD students, 10 research staff, and 25 administrative staff, with an annual consolidated budget of approximately $30 million. The Department facilities consist of over 160,000 square feet of research, classroom and administrative space spread over 6 buildings.  We are looking for an Admin 3 to join the Chemistry Administrative Services (CAS) team.  You will join a team of 9 admins who support our faculty with daily responsibilities for grant preparation and administration, calendars, lab supplies and graduate students.  You will report to the CAS Manager.  The job requires the ability to work effectively with faculty and within a team structure. Will provide administrative or operational support with limited supervision. May be responsible for leading other administrative staff or subordinates.

Please apply on the Stanford University Careers website (Job Number 77858)


Finance and Research Administration Manager (Job Number 77344)

The Stanford Chemistry Department is seeking a Finance and Research Administration Manager.  This individual oversees the departmental operation and research administration financial portfolio.  The core duties identified below articulate the broad span of responsibility and authority this role has.  This position reports into the Department Manager and is part of the department managerial leadership team.

This managerial role has three direct reports and is responsible for the financial integrity of a $30M budget comprised of sponsored research, a service center, an extensive undergraduate program and an operating budget.  Candidates with demonstrated experience in finance, research administration and employee supervision are sought. Advanced degrees and certifications in finance and research administration are preferred.

Please apply on the Stanford University Careers website (Job Number 77344)


Lecturer, Department of Chemistry

The Stanford Chemistry Department invites applications for a Ph.D.-level Lecturer position to begin autumn 2018 to join a team of four other Lecturers in the Department. The candidate should have background either in the biochemistry/organic or the general/organic area. This position is a full-time, 9-month, fixed-term, full-benefit appointment. The initial appointment is for 2 years, with reappointment terms of 3 years. Summer instruction positions are also available. The teaching duties vary quarterly between instructing an independent organic laboratory to co-instructing an integrated lecture/laboratory course with a faculty member. The department is moving rapidly toward active learning, thus the ideal candidate will also be instrumental in developing and evaluating new activities to engage students in active learning sessions. In addition to instruction, the candidate will be responsible for evolving laboratory exercises, mentoring course teaching assistants, and participating in Department committees, as appropriate.  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy (1 page), and three letters of recommendation addressing their teaching and/or administrative abilities.

All materials must be submitted electronically to Academic Jobs Online:

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2018.  Email inquiries and questions may be directed to Amy Rutherford (


Business Operations Manager for Molecular Theory & Simulation (Job Number 76778)

The Molecular Theory and Simulation Program (Program) at Stanford is a vibrant subarea in the Department of Chemistry in which the faculty and students conduct their research using computers. The Program is comprised of a variety of research contracts and grants that are highly interdisciplinary and impactful. The Program is led by a senior faculty member and includes contributions from 35-45 students, postdoctoral scholars, research associates and visiting researchers, as well as a number of faculty members and hundreds of computers. The Program leads several large multi-Principal Investigator (PI) projects and collaborations with faculty across Stanford, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and other external institutions.

The Program seeks a Business Operations Manager with broad experience supporting large, complex research groups to work under the direction of a faculty director to implement and administer the Program’s vision, strategy and goals. The Manager will serve as the single point of contact for the Program and will be responsible for all aspects of its efficient operation. The job duties of this role are all encompassing, and the Manager will perform duties ranging from, but not limited to, processing transactional level activities to managing complex grants and contracts and hosting large events to high levels of engagement, collaboration, and interaction with faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff from multiple disciplines across Stanford and SLAC. The Manager will represent the Program internally and externally.

The Manager must exercise good judgment in all aspects of the role and will be required to be knowledgeable about internal policies and systems specific to Stanford, SLAC and the agencies involved in funding research activities within the Program. As the Program is a fast paced, dynamic environment, the Manager will need to successfully navigate changing priorities and will be expected to work with a high degree of discretion and confidentiality under minimum supervision. The successful candidate will have a strong financial and administrative operations background. This position may be required to work outside normal business hours and may manage staff employees of the University.

All applicants must submit a 1-page cover letter summarizing their interest in this position, their direct experience with the duties as described in the job posting, and how their qualifications relate to this position. Be specific and include examples of exceptional cases or projects in which they have been directly involved. Please discuss any experience with project management. Highlight any related achievements or other relevant experiences not already listed on the resume. A background in theoretical chemistry is desirable.

This position is currently funded as a three year fixed term position.

Please apply on the Stanford University Careers website (Job Number 76778).

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.