Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Chemist 2 (35 Hour)

Recruitment #211228-7520HC-001

Introduction



Are you ready for the next step in your career? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our laboratory’s team!

We are looking for a qualified individual for the position of Chemist 2. This person will work with the Environmental Chemistry Division of the Dr. Katherine A. Kelley State Public Health Laboratory, and will support the recommendations of the CT Interagency PFAS Action Plan. This role is located at 395 West Street in Rocky Hill. This is a full-time, first shift, thirty five (35) hour per week position with a Monday through Friday work schedule.

The Environmental Sciences section tests for over 100 toxic chemical agents in public drinking water supplies, private wells, rivers, lakes, streams, wastewater, spills, and soils. Additionally, this section provides testing services for consumer products and other materials where there is a potential for exposure to hazardous materials such as lead based paint. Other services include monitoring of the nuclear power industry, serving on the State’s nuclear response team including maintaining preparedness and capabilities to respond to radiation emergencies. The section is also designated as the state’s Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Response Laboratory in the event of a hazardous chemical exposure. 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO WILL:
  • Be involved in developing methods for the determination of chemical contamination, specifically per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water 
  • Conduct PFAS testing for drinking water to support Local Health Departments, the Department of Public Health Public and Private Drinking Water Programs, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as well as other State agencies as needed 
  • Perform analyses and examinations utilizing sophisticated instrumentation 
  • Test samples of drinking water for the presence of PFAS according to Environmental Protection Agency approved methodologies 
  • Develop standards and procedures and quality controls
The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by:

  • Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability
  • Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.
DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, as well as paid time off! We encourage a healthy work/life balance. The Department of Public Health also offers free parking with shuttle service, educational support, and continuous access to training.

Please Note: This opportunity was previously posted and individuals that applied to that prior posting must apply to this new posting in order to be considered for this position. 

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

*You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. If selected for further consideration, State employees may be required to provide the last two (2) service ratings and non-state employees may be required to provide two (2) letters of reference.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.

As a reminder:

  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).

For more information, we encourage you to contact the recruiter for this position, Joseph K. Fried at Joseph.Fried@ct.gov, (860) 924-7053.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Departments of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Energy and Environmental Protection, Public Health and Transportation, this class is accountable for independently performing the full range of chemical and/or toxicological examinations and analyses.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Performs routine as well as new and unusual or difficult analyses and examinations utilizing sophisticated instrumentation; calibrates instruments and prepares and standardizes solutions and reagents; conducts chemical analyses of food and dairy products; tests samples and analyzes sewage and solid wastes, drinking water, rivers and other surface and trade waters for evidence of pollution according to standard methods for water analysis; tests air samples for pollutants; tests industrial samples to determine composition; tests environmental samples and effluents for radioactivity; makes up and checks standard solutions; utilizes universal laboratory precautions; utilizes computers to operate and maintain instrumentation, quality assurance data and test results; prepares reports and maintains records of investigations; participates in the implementation of quality assurance programs; may perform analyses of physical evidence resulting from criminal and toxicological cases; may perform biochemical and toxicological analyses of human specimens as well as environmental samples for toxic substances in postmortem and medical/legal cases; may act for the Principal Chemist in his or her absence; may testify in court; performs related duties as required.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: Performs chemical and physical tests on materials such as paint, steel, alloys, cement, hydrated lime, chlorides in paint, soil and concrete, fuel oils and other related materials which are used on construction and maintenance projects; maintains and calibrates equipment; standardizes reagents in chemical testing unit; responsible for inventory control of supplies; control of hazardous wastes and monitoring safety procedures; tabulates and charts in graphic form records of laboratory work.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry including equipment, instrumentation and material; considerable knowledge of tests and techniques employed in field of chemistry; knowledge of radiochemistry and occupational hygiene; knowledge of laboratory quality assurance and quality control policies and procedures; knowledge of universal laboratory precautions; knowledge of basic laboratory hazards and safety; considerable skill in performance of analytical tests in field of chemistry; skill in data collection, analysis, and interpretation; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Six (6) years of experience in an industrial, public health, toxicology, medical or materials laboratory involving scientific work in the field of chemistry.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the junior working level in the field of chemistry. For state employees this is interpreted at the level of Chemist 1.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  1. College training in chemistry or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  2. A Master's degree in chemistry or a related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in testing samples for toxic compounds using complex instrumentation, such as Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry and/or Gas Chromatography-Electron Capture
  • Experience in prioritizing work and managing workflow
  • Experience training lower level employees
  • Experience developing and utilizing laboratory quality assurance procedures and protocols
  • Experience writing Standard Operating Procedures
  • Experience meeting regulatory and/or certification requirements
  • Experience participating in certification audits

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class must be willing to periodically undergo tests and immunizations for communicable diseases.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to have specific education and/or experience to meet the various certification and/or licensing requirements.
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to undergo and successfully complete security background checks.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.



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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.