Analytical Chemist III

Recruitment #033117-MGBA09-450100

Summary Statement

The incumbent conducts testing on substances submitted by law enforcement agencies through use of Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and other instrumentation used for the analysis of these substances.  The incumbent processes and reviews the instrumental data and reports the results supported by the analytical findings and receives, maintains inventory of, and properly stores evidence to maintain an accurate chain of custody. Other duties include performing routine maintenance, troubleshooting and performing minor repair of analytical devices and instrumentation.  All duties and responsibilities directly assist in ensuring compliance with accreditation. 

Career Ladder

Upon satisfactory completion of department promotional standards and job requirements, employees may be eligible to be promoted to the next level.

Selective Requirement

Selective Requirements must be met in addition to the job requirements.  Applicants who do not possess the selective requirement will not be qualified.

  1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Science or related field.
  2. Three years experience in applying Scientific Working Group for Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG) standard practices in the forensic examination of seized drugs.
  3. Knowledge of presenting evidence and testimony.

Preferred Qualification

Applicants who do not possess the preferred qualification will still be eligible to compete for this position if job requirements are met.

  • One year experience in using analyst data processing software (ChemStation, MassHunter, etc.) and Laboratory Information System (LIMS).

Essential Functions

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

  • Prepares samples for instrument analysis, interprets instrument recordings and documents test results.
     
  • Uses analytical chemistry techniques including state-of-the-art instrumentation to gather data involving samples.
     
  • Analyzes laboratory data to determine quantity and quality of toxins, pathogens, chemical and biochemical constituents.
     
  • Prepares reports identifying samples, explains testing methods and documents findings and conclusions of analysis.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Analytical Chemist III
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Three years experience in generating and interpreting chemical test data by performing quantitative and qualitative statistical analysis.
  2. Three years experience in selecting and modifying laboratory test methods and procedures.
  3. Six months experience in conducting data review to ensure numerical input, calculations, formulas and interpretation of output is accurate, instruments were operating according to specifications, analytical procedures were followed and documentation is complete.
  4. Three years experience in physical, organic, inorganic or analytical chemistry.
  5. Three years experience in using laboratory equipment and instrumentation including calibration and maintenance.
  6. Six months experience in technical report writing.

Conditions of Hire

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.

 

Benefits

To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at http://ben.omb.delaware.gov/

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

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Accommodations

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