Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Supervising Instrumentation Chemist (#20003677)

General Statement

Under general direction, is responsible for research work involving analytical methodology and instrumentation; supervises the development of specialized analytical techniques, instrument evaluation and review of analytical methodologies 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.

  • Assigns, supervises and reviews work; rewards, disciplines, directs, or adjusts grievances of other employees or effectively recommends their hiring, transfer, suspension, layoff, recall, promotion or discharge.
  • Coordinates monitoring and analysis of industrial wastes for priority pollutants/toxic substances.
  • Coordinates environmental monitoring of waters and sediments in Lake Michigan and Illinois waterways for priority pollutants/toxic substances.
  • Supervises complex analyses on various samples using sophisticated instruments and techniques.
  • Provides technical guidance to subordinates in their evaluation of analytical instruments, development of new methods and other research problems.
  • Prepares reports, scientific articles and papers; may present research findings at scientific seminars and conferences.

Other Job Functions

  • Assists in the establishment of standard analytical methods and directs the internal quality control program in the analysis of priority pollutants/toxic substances.
  • Advises and coordinates activities of other research sections on matters relating to instrumentation methods and procedures.
  • Initiates technical projects, coordinates activities with other groups for interdisciplinary studies needing M&R services and assistance.
  • 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

  • Extensive knowledge of analytical chemistry as it applies to water and wastewater.
  • Extensive 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 design and methods.
  • Thorough knowledge of the statistics used in analytical chemistry.
  • Considerable 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 supervise effectively.
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex ideas, 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.  Six years of full-time professional work experience 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 three years must include the 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 a Senior Instrumentation Chemist.
  • Civil service status as a Senior Instrumentation Chemist.

CLASS: 20003677; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 3/1/2017;