State of Maine is hiring a

Chemist II / Analyst - Environmental Lead

Full-Time
Chemist II
Opening Date: September 14, 2020

Closing Date:  September 30, 2020

Job Class Code: 6402
Grade:     24 (Pro/Tech)    
Salary: $42,681.60 - $57,844.80 / yr. *
*With an additional 10% Stipend
Position Number: 2031-1681            

 

Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, public health and intervention services that protect the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs.

 

The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.

Job duties:

 You will serve as a Technical Scientific Lead in the Organic Environmental Section of the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL) for the Maine Drinking Water Program (DWP) and be responsible for providing direct support for the program. You will also analyze environmental samples (wipes, soil and unknowns) for the HETL, enter data into Laboratory Infornation Management System (LlMS), conduct technical reviews of work conducted by others, interact with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and provide information related to analytical results, and  maintain detailed records related to instrumental analysis.

 

You will also:

  • Evaluate, maintain, trouble-shoot and repair the instruments used in these analyses.
  • Acceptance or rejection of: Quality Control (QC) data, sample integrity, types of testing to conduct, whether items defined as having critical effects meet the Quality Assurance (QA) requirements.
  • Review quality assurance and analytical data;
  • Participate in the daily operations of the testing section of the laboratory
  • Determine proper detection, reporting and QC limits for these analyses
  • Enter and maintain data in the laboratory information system (LIMS).
  • Ensure the quality system by maintaining proficiency and updating SOP’s for assigned tests
  • Communicate technical information to federal, state, and local agencies and the general public.
  • Follow quality system measures as defined by the State and Federal certification agencies
  • Review and approve peer analytical data and interprets results and enters data into the laboratory information system.  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 A Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related laboratory science and two (2) years professional level experience in analytical chemistry.  Equivalent experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

 

 

Preferred candidates will also have:

  • Experience working both independently and within a team in an analytical laboratory
  • Solid foundations in chemistry and instrumental analysis
  • Understanding AIHA, EPA, CLIA, and Maine State laboratory cetification standards
  • Ability to work with environmental samples (wipes, soils, chips) and possiblely biological matrices ( blood, urine)
  • Ability to follow complicated analytical procedures, ability to trouble-shoot when analyses or extractions do not work as expected
  • Knowledge of statistics
  • Ability to think critically and analyze data
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to manage several projects at once
  • Skilled at establishing priorities and work to deadlines
  • Ability to keep detailed records and wire comprehensive reports
  • Ability to identify issues or trends in data and reach logical conclusions
  • Sound decisions and recommendations based on and supported by data
  • Strong computer skill including Microsoft Office
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Minimum 4 years of experience working with High Performance Liquid Chromatographic (HPLC) systems and a year experience coupled to a Tandem Stage Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (TSQMS)
  • Experience authoring methods for EPA’s Alternative Test Procedure Program

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

For additional information about this position please contact James Curlett, Chemist III, at [email protected]

 

*To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter with your application.

*In your cover letter, you must provide the following information:

1) explain what prior education and/or experience you have had doing the elements under “Job Description,” above; and

2) explain which, if any, of the attributes under “Preferred candidates will have” section, above.   

 

Please note: applications sent with cover letters that do not have the information required above may not be considered for this vacancy.

 

To request a paper application, please contact [email protected].  

BENEFITS
Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.11% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.60 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $470.99 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $447.44 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $423.89 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $400.34 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2020. 

To explore the cost of coverage for specific situations, please consult these tables.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.