Chemist 2 (35 Hour)


Recruitment #221115-7520HC-001


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 Chemical Preparedness and Clinical Chemistry section of the Environmental Chemistry Division. You will be working at the Dr. Katherine A. Kelley State Public Health Laboratory, 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.

We are looking for someone who will:

  • Perform a variety of testing utilizing complex instrumentation such Gas Chromatography-Mass Spec, Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spec and Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spec/Mass Spec
  • Calibrate instruments, prepare quality control samples, and review data for acceptability according to established criteria
  • Analyze clinical specimens for select chemical agents and toxic metals in accordance to approved methodologies
  • Utilize universal laboratory safety precautions
  • Utilize computers to operate and maintain instrumentation, quality assurance data and test results
  • Prepare reports and maintain records of investigations
  • Participate in the implementation of quality assurance programs
  • Participate in proficiency testing, exercises, drills, trainings and perform shipping and handling procedures according to established protocols.

This position supports the national CDC LRN-C program and the CT DPH Lead Poisoning Prevention Program through the analysis of clinical specimens for select chemical agents and toxic metals. With the recent expansion of clinical testing capacity to support the statewide opioid surveillance efforts of the CT DPH Office of Injury and Violence Prevention.

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 to all employees.

Selection Plan


This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.

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  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


  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.


  • Experience testing clinical specimens for toxic compounds using complex instrumentation such as Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spec, Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spec and/or Gas Chromatography-Mass Spec
  • Experience in the maintenance and troubleshooting of complex laboratory instrumentation
  • Experience in data reduction and the reporting of test results using proprietary instrument software and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
  • Experience in written and oral communication, including the development of validation studies and standard operating procedures
  • Experience in compliance with the regulations that govern the operation of clinical laboratories, i.e., CLIA


  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.


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



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