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Position Detail - Lab Instructor

Lab Instructor

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Other

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 39

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30 to 4:30 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Neuroscience and Behavior Program is looking to hire a new Laboratory Instructor who will become an integral member of our vibrant neuroscience curriculum. The candidate will work collaboratively with faculty to innovate in the classroom and capture student interest in the study of the nervous system. The successful applicant will teach four introductory-level neuroscience laboratory sections each semester as well as support faculty in upper-level research-based classes. This is a 9-month, 37.5 hour/week position.  

Applicants should submit electronic copies of a letter of interest, CV including a list of any relevant course taught or taken, unofficial transcripts, relevant laboratory experience and phone numbers and/or email addresses.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Teach first and second-year undergraduate neuroscience students basic laboratory techniques, including facilitating hands-on activities and inquiry-based lab projects.
  • Provide weekly formal and informal assessments of student learning.
  • Prepare reagents, organisms, and equipment for upper-level laboratory practicums


• Bachelor’s degree with a major in neuroscience, biology, or psychology.
• A strong candidate will be a clear, accessible teacher and an enthusiastic role model in the laboratory.
• Excellent writing, organizational, and planning skills.
• Strong background in the sciences and the ability to reach a population of students that is diverse in every way.
• The ideal candidate should be able to take initiative and work independently in addition to working well in teams with faculty members.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Teaching experience is strongly desired, and a Master’s degree is a plus.
• Experience using brightfield and fluorescent microscopy is beneficial but not necessary.


Physical Demands: Physical Demands/Work Type
• Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/ or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as light work.

Physical Activity
• Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
• Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
• Employee talks in front of large groups of people on a daily basis.
• Employee speaks with students and other faculty daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person on a
daily basis.
• Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

Visual Acuity
• The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading.
• Visual inspection and measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.
• Employee is reading and correcting assignments, evaluating student writing, presentations,
projects, research assignments, etc.
• Employee operates office equipment and computers to perform essential duties and

Working Conditions: 

Environmental and Atmospheric
• The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

• Employee may sometimes wear safety attire when exposed to contaminants or hazardous
• Employee works in laboratory environments with a wide range of hazardous materials.  

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified
employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully
carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate
background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as
the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver

Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and
Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include 1) a cover letter summarizing
interests and qualifications, 2) a complete resume or curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for 3
professional references. Applicants should submit electronic copies of a letter of interest, CV including a list of any relevant course taught or taken, unofficial transcripts, relevant laboratory experience and phone numbers and/or email addresses.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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