Job ID: 4925

Employer: Sequoia Foundation

Position: Environmental Laboratory Scientist

Description: Sequoia Foundation (SF) is a non-profit public health organization conducting a broad range of public health research, training, and technical assistance programs in California. SF has been awarded a grant through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and improve methodologies for biomonitoring in California. SF is seeking full-time Environmental Laboratory Scientists (ELS) to assist in this effort. Positions are located in Richmond, CA. The ELS plays a critical role in the implementation of Biomonitoring California. He or she will join a team of scientists in the organic chemistry laboratory. The selected candidate(s) will be responsible for conducting complex scientific studies to develop, validate, and apply methods to directly test for chemical exposures and their metabolites in human urine samples. Duties and Responsibilities: o Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot LC-MS/MS, GC-MS and sample preparation equipment; Ensure that laboratory procedures and vendor preventive maintenance contracts are adhered to; Serve as the technical expert in LC-MS/MS and/or GC-MS. o Develop and validate analytical methods for trace levels of organic compounds and their metabolites in human urine samples; apply analytical methods to determine levels of contaminants in human samples. o Modify methods involving analytical deficiencies when indicated by laboratory’s quality assurance plan; Validate proposed improvements and recommend detailed changes to standard operation procedures; Optimize analytical procedures to increase sample throughput and method sensitivity and accuracy. o Analyze and interpret study findings and prepare scientific reports and articles for publication in scientific journals. Education, experience, and skills: o BS in analytical chemistry or related field. Preferred candidates will hold an advanced degree (MS or PhD) and/or have a combination of education and experience. o Advanced knowledge of the principles, operation, and application of GC-MS and LC-MS/MS. Hands-on experience with GC-MS and LC-MS/MS. Ability to maintain and troubleshoot equipment. o In depth knowledge of analytical laboratory methods and procedures; Experience in trace-level analysis of inorganic and organic analytes, including sample preparation, method development and validation, quality assurance or quality control programs, data review, and validation processes. Ability to: o Work well under pressure and to change direction when circumstances demand. o Learn new techniques and technologies and build efficiencies into current processes. o Effectively communicate and collaborate with a diverse range of staff and job functions; the program is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of chemists, epidemiologists, toxicologists, and health educators. o Problem-solve, including proactively identifying gaps and finding ways to bridge them to avoid problems. o Prioritize workload and meet deadlines.

Requirements: See description

Location: Richmond, CA

Contact: robin.christensen@cdph.ca.gov

Post Date: 5/11/2012 1:48:55 PM
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