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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
A CHEMIST 3 serves as a specialist with expertise in a specialty area of chemistry involving the design, development, and application of the state of the art analytical methods and procedures to complex and unusual problems.
This is the third level in a three-level series. It is distinguished from the lower levels by designing, developing, and implementing state of the art analytical methods and procedures. At this level employees routinely exercise independent scientific judgment in the interpretation of data and make recommendations on the application of findings. Employees in this class regularly perform nonroutine tests and procedures requiring complex analytical techniques.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Employees in this class will specialize in one of the fields of chemistry, such as organic, inorganic, environmental, radiochemical, or pesticide, or in a complex analytical technique such as GCMS [gas chromatography/mass spectrometry], ICP [inductively coupled plasma], alpha spectrometry, or XRF [x-ray fluorescence]; however, the employee may be called upon to assist in any of these areas as the need arises.
Allocation of positions to this class will depend on the total work performed which may include one or a combination of the duties or tasks listed below.
1. Analytical Specialty. Typical tasks: uses expertise to design, develop, and implement specialty procedures
in a specific area of chemistry; develops sample collection methods for field personnel; develops quality assurance
for instrument, sampling, and analytical procedures; expert in the use (including methodology, parameters that
can be measured, limitations, and peripherals, etc.), care, and maintenance of sophisticated specialty instrumentation;
instructs other chemists in the use of the techniques; interprets data from the specialty for supervisor and others.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class may have daily in-person or telephone contact with users of the laboratory services to exchange information, determine priorities, interpret data, and discuss test results. They have regular contact by phone with governmental agencies, industrial and business representatives, and other organizations to discuss issues pertaining to a sample, specimen, or technique. They may have occasional contact with other experts in their field to discuss mutual problems and their resolution. They have regular contact with equipment manufacturers, sales and service representatives to discuss instrument improvements and problems. These employees may have occasional in-person contact with students to instruct them in chemical methods and techniques.
Employees in this class receive general supervision from a laboratory supervisor or other administrative superior who reviews work periodically in personal meetings. Test data, results, and interpretations are reviewed for program implications. Reports are reviewed routinely for completeness and accuracy (may be used in cases of litigation). Records are reviewed for quality control. Guidelines used in performance of duties include accepted laboratory practices, manufacturers instrumental guidelines, and applicable State and Federal regulations.
Positions are found in central and remote locations throughout State government (e.g., general government agencies, natural resource agencies, higher education institutions, and hospitals,). They require the willingness to work within the environment associated with the position's location (usually a laboratory).
Three additional years of pertinent experience may substitute for the Bachelor's.