State of Maryland

CHEMIST ADVANCED (#000239)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $47,795.00-$76,513.00 Yearly


GRADE

17

CLASS ATTRIBUTES

SKILLED SERVICE          BARGAINING UNIT: G      

NATURE OF WORK

A Chemist Advanced is the advanced level of work performing chemical, analytical, diagnostic and environmental laboratory testing to determine compliance with applicable consumer protection, public health and environmental standards and federal, State and local regulations.  Employees in this classification may be assigned special projects and perform the most difficult and complex chemical analyses or serve as technical experts.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions but may provide technical guidance to lower-level Chemists.   

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Chemist Supervisor or other designated official.  The work is performed in a laboratory setting.  Employees may be required to work overtime.  Employees are required to observe safety protocols in order to minimize exposure to toxic substances and corrosive materials.   

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of a class specification.   

The Chemist Advanced is differentiated from the Chemist III in that the Chemist Advanced serves as a leader of special projects and performs the most difficult and complex analyses of sample matrices or serves as a technical expert. The Chemist Advanced is differentiated from the Chemist Supervisor in that the Chemist Supervisor has supervisory responsibility for lower-level Chemists.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Performs analysis of the most difficult and complex sample matrices that require the application of advanced computer-based instrumental procedures used to identify and quantify complex chemical compounds to determine compliance with applicable consumer protection, public health and environmental standards and federal, State and local regulations;

Coordinates and oversees the work of and provides technical assistance to lower level Chemists assisting with the performance of high priority time sensitive analyses or complicated special projects;

Analyzes organic and inorganic substances to determine chemical and physical properties using instruments, such as MS/GLC, MS/HPLC, ICP/MS, HPLC/Flourescence, HPLC/Post Column Derivatization;

Assesses the acceptability and appropriateness of samples collected for chemical analyses and determines the appropriate method of analysis to obtain accurate and valid results;

Prepares samples for analysis according to protocols and approved standard methods and monitors the testing process to observe validity of procedure and unanticipated reactions and adjusts or modifies testing procedures as needed;

Develops in-house methods of analysis or modifies existing methods to analyze complex matrices or to identify and quantify analyses for which there is no applicable standard procedure;

Performs analytical tests using equipment and instruments, such as gas and liquid chromatographs, MS/GLC, MS/HPLC, ICP/AA/MS, HPLC/Diode Array, nitrogen analyzers, spectrophotometers, hydrometers, pH meters and microscopes;

Prepares interpretive reports to document the analytical method used, instrumental parameters, method modifications, relevant calculations, analytical findings or audit results;

Maintains laboratory instruments and scientific equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications to ensure the accuracy of test results and safe operation of equipment;

Adheres to quality control and quality assurance protocols to ensure the integrity of test results and safety of the work environment;

Keeps abreast of changes and advancements in laboratory science and participates in continuing education to enhance knowledge and skills;

Testifies in court regarding samples analyzed to attest to the chain of custody being maintained, test methods used, test results and conclusions reached;

May perform audit inspections of private facilities or laboratories to determine compliance with applicable federal and State regulations;

Performs other related duties.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of college-level chemistry;

Knowledge of mathematics, including algebra, calculus and statistics;

Knowledge of the theory and operation of laboratory chemicals, equipment and instruments used in a chemistry laboratory;

Skill in understanding and following laboratory procedures and policies;

Skill in conducting analyses, analyzing data, and drawing accurate conclusions;

Skill in performing complex mathematical computations;

Skill in identifying discrepancies in performance of tests;

Skill in the application of quality control procedures in handling hazardous chemicals;

Ability to coordinate and oversee the work of lower-level Chemists;

Ability to use judgment in modifying established protocols and standards;

Ability to identify, locate and correct method problems; Ability to develop new methods and to modify existing methods;

Ability to prepare and maintain accurate, clear and concise technical reports;

Ability to communicate effectively.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or other related science which includes completion of at least 24 credit hours in chemistry from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Three years of experience performing laboratory chemical analysis work in a public health or chemistry laboratory.

Notes:

1. Possession of a Master’s degree in chemistry or a related science from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

2. Possession of a Doctorate degree in chemistry may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in chemistry classification or chemistry specialty codes in the chemistry field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.  

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit G, Engineering, Scientific and Administrative Professionals classes.  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Date Established

Jul 1 2004 12:00AM

Date Revised

December 29, 2017

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 000239; EST: 7/1/2004; REV: 12/29/2017;

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