Apply to be a General Chemistry TA in Autumn 2021

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is currently accepting applications for General Chemistry TA positions for Autumn 2021. A TA position provides the opportunity to improve your knowledge, gain teaching experience, and help students.

In order to apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed General Chemistry Sequence (1210/1220; 1610/1620; or 1910H/1920H) with an A or A- (preferred)
  • Cumulative GPA > 3.5
  • Enrolled in classes during Autumn 2021
  • No other paid monthly student appointment during Autumn 2021 (this includes paid research)

Appointment details are as follows:

  • Salary: $12/hour
  • Hours: 10-12/week
  • Responsibilities: teach one 3-hour lab; grade assignments and prepare for teaching responsibilities; 1 office hour/week; proctor all exams; attend weekly staff meeting

Training will take place in August during business hours. Please describe any potential conflicts with training on your application.

If you are interested, you may apply here.

After you submit an application, the department will contact you and ask for a schedule. This does not guarantee a TA position. If your schedule changes before the deadline, please update your schedule by May 10th, 2021. If you make a change to your schedule after this date, you will be responsible for switching your assignment with another TA or forfeiting your position.

Applications and schedules are due by 11:59 pm on Monday, May 10th, 2021. Hiring decisions will be made by late July.

Please contact chemlabsupervisor@osu.edu with any questions.

OSUCCC Academic Year Research Opportunity

CREATES-Undergrad is a paid research experience for Ohio State undergraduate students interested in cancer research careers. Participants will conduct work in state-of-the-art research laboratories within The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center/James Cancer Hospital and College of Pharmacy at Ohio State.

The program, which runs during autumn and spring semesters of the 2021-2022 school year, includes up to a $4,000 stipend and mentorship by Ohio State faculty and staff.

No prior research experience is expected, and preference will be given to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

The application deadline is April 18, 2021 at 11:59 pm. For questions, please contact Dr. Chris Coss and Dr. Nicole Kwiek.

Apply for CREATES.

University of Michigan Graduate Student Panel Discussion

Interested in learning about graduate programs that will prepare you for an exciting career in drug discovery & development? Join the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy for a Graduate Student Panel Discussion via Zoom.

Graduate students from the PhD programs in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences & Clinical Pharmacy Translational Sciences will share details regarding their background and goals and will be available to answer your questions and to share tips for success in graduate school.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
5:00pm – 6:00pm EST
RSVP here.

Questions? Contact Cherie Doston, PhD at crdotson@umich.edu or 734-615-6562 (voicemail,)

Southern Teachers: Virtual Interviews

A Southern Teachers representative is holding virtual interviews for OSU students who would like to learn more about great teaching jobs at K-12 private/independent schools.

The interview day is:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Students should submit resumes to Handshake
Resume submission deadline:  Thursday, April 8, 2021


Southern Teachers helps college graduates find great jobs in college-preparatory schools around the South.

The teaching environment in these private/independent schools can be wonderful because of their small class sizes, their college-bound students, and their close-knit communities. At independent schools, quality isn’t just about test scores and college acceptances; it’s also the unique way that teachers maximize the potential of their students.

While successful progress through a teacher-education program is essential for some of these jobs (e.g., for elementary teachers), for many positions a teaching certificate is not required. Math majors can be hired to teach math; Spanish majors can teach Spanish, etc. Candidates do, however, need a strong academic record and the personal characteristics that will enable them to manage and motivate K-12 students. To summarize:  Teacher certification is not required for most jobs.

Job Opening: Lab Manager at Hampton University

Hampton University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is seeking a Lab Manager.

The position brings together managerial skills and knowledge of safety and lab procedures to ensure that laboratories operate smoothly. Responsibilities include:

  • Support and facilitate daily lab activities.
  • Managerial duties generally include preparation of labs and maintaining security of chemicals and equipment.
  • Collaborate with faculty members in designing and implementing lab activities.
  • Review building needs and act a liaison to University Building Services for upkeep and maintenance.
  • Serve as a representative to the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education Environmental Health and Safety Program Managers Committee
  • Ensuring laboratory safety in teaching and research laboratories.

A bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or a laboratory-related area required. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are required. Applicants should also have the ability to work independently and in a team environment, ability to operate standard laboratory and office equipment, and excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Check out the job posting for more information. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed Application for Educational Support Staff Employment via email at HROffice@hamptonu.edu.

Entry-Level Chemistry or Biochemistry Positions

Charles River Laboratories has reached out to OSU with two entry-level chemistry or biochemistry positions. They are first and second shift Research Assistant positions for the company’s Safety Assessment Group site located in Ashland, Ohio.

Job duties include:

  • Generate and record data with minimal supervision in the performance of studies.
  • Responsible for handling and processing samples, and performing accurate data collection and reporting.
  • Perform laboratory tasks by various basic methods.

A bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) or equivalent in laboratory science or related discipline is required. Learn more and apply here: first shift or second shift.

Minor Spotlight: Communication Minor

The ability to communicate effectively is an essential skill in today’s society. The Communication minor equips students with this essential skill that employers most desire. Students learn how to communicate effectively to form relationships and influence others, and how to use mass communication and communication technologies to craft messages that improve our work and civic life. Students also learn how advertising can be used strategically to create the most positive impact.

There is one prerequisite course and 4 required minor courses.  All are available online, 100% at a distance, each and every semester including Summer term.  None of the courses have prerequisite requirements and all could be taken concurrently if desired.

Students do not need to meet with a School of Communication advisor to declare the minor.  Interested students just need to plan to complete the required courses and their major advisor can declare the minor.  Any deviations or proposed course substitutions to the minor requirements must be approved by petition to the Chair of the Undergraduate Program Committee in the School of Communication.  Substitution requests can be submitted via email to butte.1@osu.edu.


There are also five more-specific Communication minors, including the Health, Environment, Risk, & Science Communication Minor, which may be of interest to CBC students.

Course Spotlight: CHEM 5240 – Intro to Protein Modeling

Offered in Spring 2022.
MWF 1:50 – 2:45pm
Dr. Richard Spinney

Students will have an opportunity to explore the theories and methods of molecular modeling and computational chemistry in CHEM 5240: Introduction to Protein Modeling.

The course allows students to get hands-on experience with computational chemistry software, using molecular mechanics, and modeling dynamic systems (molecular dynamics) as applied to large biological molecules such as proteins. The course focuses on the application of modern modeling techniques, rather than the mathematical formulation, used to solve current problems in biochemistry and pharmacology. The course runs like a workshop with extensive computer time using modern protein modeling software.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of CHEM 2520 (Organic Chemistry II)

OAWWA Water Industry Career Panel

On Tuesday, March 23 at 6pm, the Young Professional’s Committee of the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association is hosting a virtual panel for students to learn about different career paths in the water industry. This is an opportunity to hear from a young professional from each sector of the water industry: research, regulatory, operations, and consulting.

Panelists include:

  • Liz Crafton – Research Engineer with Hazen and Sawyer
  • Andy Elderbrock – Water Resources Specialist at Arcadis
  • Brandon Fox – Plant Manager at the Jackson Pike Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Hayley Zimmerman – Environmental Specialist 2 with the Division of Drinking and Groundwater at the Ohio EPA

The event will include brief presentations from each panelist about their role and background, followed by a Q&A session, and finally the opportunity to speak with the panelists individually in breakout rooms.

This is a great chance for students of various backgrounds to learn about the many opportunities within the water industry. Plus, ask your questions about entering the professional world!

Register here and a Zoom link will be sent to you via email. Please contact Dane Elliott (elliott.634@osu.edu) if you have any questions.

New: FBI Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit Fellowship

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit’s (CFSRU) provides technical leadership for the FBI as well as for other law enforcement and intelligence agencies through applied research and development.

What will I be doing? As a participant with the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit’s (CFSRU) Visiting Scientist Program (VSP), you will have an opportunity to enhance your professional development and increase your research capabilities and contributions by participating in forensic research initiatives utilizing state-of-the-art equipment under the mentorship of CFSRU scientists. The VSP will expose you to a research environment in a high security government facility and provides an opportunity to perform research in areas of interest unique to law enforcement and national security.

More information regarding the research topics and daily tasks can be found on the opportunity listing.

Why should I apply?  Under the the guidance of a mentor you will perform sophisticated laboratory techniques using emerging technologies, judge the completeness and accuracy of research results, perform statistical analyses on data, and prepare written manuscripts for FBI review and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

There are summer or full-year appointments available on full or part-time basis. The benefits include a competitive stipend and relocation up to $1,000. Location is Quantico, Virginia.

Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen and have completed requirements for a Bachelor’s, Master, or PhD or complete all the requirements for the degree by the anticipated start date of the appointment. Learn more and apply here.