Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Instrumentation Chemist (#20003674)

General Statement

Under direction, performs research, develops methods, and performs complex analyses of toxic organic pollutants involving analytical methodology and sensitive laboratory instruments in a chemical environmental laboratory for water and wastewater.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Analyzes samples for organic pollutants from various sources including District treatment plants, industrial wastes, environmental, and other special samples.
  • Operates and maintains complex and sensitive instruments specific to organic and analytical chemistry.
  • Assists in planning and design of experiments for analysis of organic pollutants.
  • Evaluates and maintains quality assurance protocols.
  • Supervises Lab Technicians in their duties; reviews their work.
  • Interprets analytical data and prepares reports.

Other Job Functions

  • Reviews relevant scientific literature regarding research assignments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

May involve exposure to a variety of chemical and biological materials, some of which may be hazardous or toxic. May involve exposure to fumes and noxious odors.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of analytical chemistry as it applies to water and wastewater.
  • Considerable knowledge of the theory, application and operation of the instrumentation used in analytical chemistry.
  • Knowledge of statistical methodology used in analytical chemistry.
  • Thorough knowledge of safe laboratory techniques and procedures.
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations relating to water, sewage and industrial wastes.
  • Skill in the manipulation of laboratory equipment, glassware and instruments.
  • Ability to plan and design scientific experiments, to analyze data, and to draw logical conclusions based on the data.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.


Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree majoring in chemistry or a closely related field. Two years of full-time professional work experience in a laboratory involving analytical methodology development, conducting QC/QA programs, and GC, GC/MS, and/or HPLC analysis according to U.S. EPA methods and protocols for organic pollutants in industrial waste, wastewater and sludge.


Related post-graduate work above the bachelor’s level may be substituted for the required experience.

Promotional Requirement

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a closely related field.
  • One year of service with the District as a Senior Laboratory Technician or Senior Environmental Research Technician.
  • Civil service status in one of the foregoing classifications.

CLASS: 20003674; EST: 1/1/2017; REV: 1/1/2019;