Laboratory Assistant, Chemistry

Raritan Valley Community College
Branchburg, New Jersey
November 23 2021
Other, Education
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Lab Manager, Other

Raritan Valley Community College

Laboratory Assistant, Chemistry

Ranked by and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory, a 1,000-seat Theatre, an Honors College for high achieving students and much more.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit

Job Description:

Raritan Valley Community College has an anticipated opening of Laboratory Assistant, Chemistry for the Science & Engineering Department.

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Laboratory Services and the general direction of the Chair of the Science & Engineering Department, the Laboratory Assistant will maintain and prepare the Chemistry laboratories and activities for all Chemistry courses. The Laboratory Assistant will assist with maintaining and ordering equipment and supplies, maintaining and updating inventory and SDS files, updating course preparation notes, and overseeing the security of the labs.  The Laboratory Assistant will also provide support for the Water Quality Lab, including periodic maintenance of equipment and preparation of materials, as well as support for Physics laboratory set up, schedule permitting. This position is 37.5 hours per week, may require some evenings, and will require Saturday rotation weekend work.


Prepare and set up materials and equipment for Chemistry laboratory experiments. Remove chemicals and/or equipment, clean up, and replenish materials between Chemistry laboratory sections.

Coordinate with faculty to order lab supplies and equipment to support Chemistry laboratory experiments; maintain and replace equipment when necessary. Test run experiments as needed.

Assist with the Bid-Order process for ordering laboratory supplies.

Demonstrate proper handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals and hazardous waste.

Assist in maintaining and updating the inventory of chemicals, materials and equipment in the Chemistry laboratories and storage areas; restock as necessary.  Maintain proper storage of supplies and SDS sheets.

Assist in general maintenance of Chemistry laboratories, preparation and storage areas. Help to maintain security of these areas on Saturdays, between semesters, and during summer sessions. Ensure that prep rooms and class room doors are locked at the end of class.

Provide periodic support to the Water Quality Lab, including equipment maintenance and the preparation of materials.

Assist with the set up and take down of materials for Physics laboratory experiments when necessary, schedule permitting.

Perform related duties as required by supervisor.


  • A minimum of an Associate's degree in Science, with at least one year laboratory experience in Chemistry.
  • Ability to prepare and organize laboratory and demonstration materials.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Computer skills, specifically MS word and MS excel.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Good general subject knowledge.
  • Ability to accommodate change.
  • Reliable and dependable.

Application Instructions:

As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year unless an exemption applies.

RVCC's starting salary is commensurate with educational qualifications and experience. We also offer an attractive benefits package.

For consideration of the above position, please submit your cover letter and resume online:

We regret that we are unable to respond to each and every resume received. Only those candidates of interest will be contacted directly.

Raritan Valley Community College is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer. We will implement the policy to assure that the employment opportunities offered at the institution are available to all persons.