College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Graduate Assistant for Chemistry and Biochemistry

Starting Date:

Beginning Fall quarter 2011 and on-going

Minimum Qualifications:

Degree-seeking graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Passed CHEM 500 with a grade of B or better. Graduate Assistants must be registered in a CSU graduate degree program and must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of that graduate degree during the appointment period.  Applicants should have the ability to relate well to others within the academic environment, and demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment.

As a University dedicated to engagement, service and the public good, the successful candidate will be expected to join faculty, staff, students and administrators in a commitment to these purposes.

Preferred Qualifications:

Desire for a career in college teaching.

Hiring Criteria:

BS Degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry; passed CHEM 500 with a grade of B or better; compatible schedule with course to be assisted.

One Graduate Assistant per lab section of quantitative analysis, organic chemistry, biochemistry lab, instrumental analysis (201, 302A/B, 432A/B, 462) is necessary to achieve the necessary levels of safety and soundness of their experience.  Graduate Assistants are required to be familiar with all of the equipment, techniques, and experiments of the course, focusing on the safety aspects of each. The Graduate Assistant provides assistance to the students in the setting up of reaction glassware and in the proper use of laboratory instruments and equipment.  Graduate Assistants answer a myriad of questions from the students regarding the experiments and equipment and also assist the instructor in various capacities including the retrieval of chemicals, solvents, and supplies that may run out during the course of the day’s experiments. The Graduate Assistant grades products turned in by the laboratory students, including weighing and quality evaluation.  One laboratory course may generate hundreds of samples.  These product evaluations are used in the ultimate determination of the course grades by the instructor.


Safety is of primary importance in the chemistry laboratory.  The laboratory environment in the courses listed is one in which several potentially hazardous materials and pieces of equipment are used in the normal course of instruction.  Safety techniques are always stressed during the laboratory period, but the high student to faculty ratio precludes the simultaneous observation of all of the students, most of who are in different stages of the same experiment or are working on different experiments altogether.  The presence of a Graduate Assistant in the laboratory greatly reduces the possibility that a small problem in the laboratory will become a situation where injuries to students, staff or faculty occur.


Current Graduate Assistant rate for an average of 6 hours per week.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. Founded in 1947, the University is in the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and has more than 23,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic diversity of the area. The University is a federally recognized Hispanic-serving, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving, and Minority-serving institution.

Required Documentation:

Standard documentation includes: letter of application, curriculum vita, GET print-out verifying enrollment in a program of graduate study in this department, three letters of recommendation and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form. Employment contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Address applications and required documentation (preferably in pdf format) and/or requests for information to:

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Fingerprinting is required and will be checked by the California Department of Justice and FBI.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran, or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.