Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Senior Instrumentation Chemist (#20003676)

General Statement

Under direction, performs professional research work of an advanced nature involving analytical methodology and instrumentation 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.

  • Acts as group leader; assigns, supervises and reviews work of subordinate laboratory personnel; rewards, disciplines, directs, or adjusts grievances of other employees or effectively recommends their hiring, transfer, suspension, layoff, recall, promotion or discharge.
  • Performs complex analyses on various samples using sophisticated instruments and techniques.
  • Evaluates and develops new methods for improvement of toxic organics analysis; performs quality assurance on existing analytical methodology.
  • Provides technical guidance and supervision to subordinates in their evaluation of analytical instruments, development on new methods, and other research problems.
  • Trains chemists and laboratory technicians in their duties.
  • Prepares reports and technical papers.
  • Prepares specifications for new laboratory equipment.
  • Keeps abreast of current developments in analytical chemistry and instrumentation.

Other Job Functions

  • Reviews State and EPA regulations; assists in preparing comments as necessary.
  • 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

  • Thorough knowledge of analytical chemistry as it applies to water and wastewater.
  • Thorough knowledge of the theory, application and operation of the most sophisticated instrumentation used in analytical chemistry.
  • Thorough knowledge of safe laboratory techniques and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of experimental designs and methods.
  • Thorough knowledge of the statistics used in analytical chemistry.
  • 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 master’s degree majoring in chemistry or a closely related field.  Three years of full-time professional work in a laboratory involving analytical methodology development; establishing QC/QA protocols; and supervising and performing GC, GC/MS and/or HPLC analysis according to U.S EPA methods and protocols for organic pollutants in industrial waste, wastewater and sludge, of which two years must include supervision of technicians and chemists.


Related postgraduate work above the master’s level may be substituted for up to two years of non-supervisory experience.

Promotional Requirement

  • One year of service with the District as an Instrumentation Chemist or Instrumentation Chemist II.
  • Civil service status in one of the foregoing classifications.

CLASS: 20003676; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 3/1/2017;