Chemist

Title:Chemist
Post Date:03/29/17
Location:Cuyahoga Heights, OH
Details:Analyzes water samples, such as municipal and industrial wastewater and sludge samples for various chemical analyses, including wet chemistry, physical properties and instrumental analyses. Follows standard methods and uses proper analytical techniques. Collects samples for special projects or as needed. Performs other duties of a similar
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

- Performs a variety of chemical analysis using basic and highly advanced instrumental, volumetric, and gravimetric methods on samples. Assists in the analysis of wastewater and river water samples for Whole Effluent Toxicity and bacteria.

- Follows standard methods and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Organizes, collates, compiles, and classifies information. Checks data for correct recording, and accuracy of calculations in reports, computers, spreadsheets, and quality control samples.

- Maintains quality control records on analyses. Keeps detailed records and writes reports. Notes and reports trends in data for all sample sites and reports anomalies to supervision.

- Checks that all materials are available for projects and daily samples, and validates all equipment is in working order. Sets up, maintains and performs calibration on laboratory equipment and instruments. Makes decisions on own initiative and in conjunction with others regarding ordering additional samples and tests. Requests supplies and materials from laboratory stockroom.

- Collects, prepares, and analyzes wastewater sediment, such as river water samples for toxicity to assess the potential effects on aquatic biota; and for bacteria to determine the degree of contamination with wastes.

- Learns new systems and methods and instructs laboratory personnel in proper analytical techniques and procedures.

- Cleans, prepares and maintains glassware, laboratory equipment, and work areas.

- Provides spoken and written information about issues and problems to supervisors and managers. Advises on technical points and must be able to explain this information in lay terms to other individuals.

- Coordinates and directs activities of other department staff during scheduled off shift and weekend hours. Trains other laboratory staff members on SOPs, methods, and instrumentation.

- Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required.

Qualifications:EDUCATION

Candidate must possess an Associate degree, preferably in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or a closely related field OR the candidate must have completed sufficient coursework toward a Bachelor degree, from a 4-year degree program, in a declared major within a related field.

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Candidate must possess Bachelor degree, preferably in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or a closely related field.

EXPERIENCE

Candidate, with an Associate degree, must possess six (6) years of experience in analytical laboratory experience, to include one year of experience working with Spectrophotometers, including ICP-MS and ICP-OES.

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Candidate, with a Bachelor degree, must possess four (4) years of experience in analytical laboratory experience, to include one year of experience working with Spectrophotometers, including ICP-MS and ICP-OES.

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Possession of an OEPA Drinking Water or Trace Metals Certification preferred.
- Possession of a Valid Class III State of Ohio Wastewater Analyst Certificate is preferred.
- Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license with a driving record in accordance with the District’s acceptable guidelines.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Candidate must possess knowledge in of organic and inorganic chemistry principles and be keenly familiar with general laboratory procedures, laboratory equipment and instruments and biological theories and principles.

- Candidate must possess exceptional critical thinking and analytical skills, and effective verbal and written communication, and people skills in order to instruct others and establish and maintain effective working relationships.

- Candidate must have the ability to perform routine chemical analyses quickly and accurately while using various laboratory equipment including analytical balance, spectrophotometers, automated analyzers, ICP and GFAA. The ability to complete tasks efficiently, keep detailed and accurate records, follow operating procedures and work independently on projects and assignments is required. Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel or similar software packages.

- Candidate must possess the ability to be reliable and punctual in reporting to work as scheduled.

- The department is staffed a minimum of 50 hours per week; therefore, all employees are required to work a rotational schedule, including off shift and weekend hours. Candidates must have the ability to lift and move sampling containers weighing up to 45 pounds.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

WEIGHT: Candidate must be able to Lift and move sampling containers weighing 45 lbs.
Comments:DISCLAIMER: The information outlined in this job description indicates the general nature and type of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities or competencies required of employees within this classification.
Employer:Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Contact:Tom Heun
Phone: 216-881-6600
Email: heunt@neorsd.org