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CHEMIST I TRAINEE - 42001433

Date: Jan 31, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 28412 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: CHEMIST I TRAINEE - 42001433

Position Number: 42001433 

Salary:  $29,344.38 - $38,659.92 

Posting Closing Date: 03/31/2018 

CHEMIST I TRAINEE – FAST FELLOWSHIP

FAST (Florida Agricultural Science and Technology) Fellowship Program

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF FOOD SAFETY

BUREAU OF CHEMICAL RESIDUE LABORATORIES

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

THIS IS A TIME LIMITED PERIOD POSITION THROUGH AUGUST 2020. 

APPLICANTS ACCEPTING APPOINTMENT TO TIME LIMITED POSITIONS WILL

BE REQUIRED TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT LETTER

ACKNOWLEDGING EMPLOYMENT END DATE.

CONTACT:

Alex Mandakunis, (850) 245-5582

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

FAST (Florida Agricultural Science and Technology) Fellowship Program

Applicants must have received their degree (Bachelors, Masters, or PhD) by the time the Fellowship program begins (September 2018) and may not have received it prior to September 2015.  Eligibility requirements for the program are listed below:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a major in a Natural Science (Chemistry, Agricultural and Natural Resources, or Physical Sciences) received within the last three (3) years.  Salary is based on degree of selected candidate.
  2. Be a United States citizen, or a lawfully authorized alien worker.
  3. Have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher in the science courses completed.
  4. Less than three (3) years of post-graduation professional experience in the Natural Sciences as described in (1).

Required Documentation to be submitted at the time of application via People First or by U. S. Mail (Post Marked by Closing Date of this advertisement) addressed to Alex Mandakunis, 3125 Conner Boulevard, C-18, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1650, is as follows:

  • TRANSCRIPT(S) (Unofficial transcripts or grade reports are acceptable for the application submission; however, if offered an interview, applicants will be required to submit official transcripts to verify the accuracy of the uploaded transcripts or grade reports.)
  • A RESUME, INCLUDING A LIST OF REFERENCES TO ANY PUBLICATIONS AND/OR DISSERTATIONS.

This position performs analyses of food samples in a food testing laboratory.

This position performs work using Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

This position may require a security risk assessment (background check).

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile.  Work history, hours
worked and formal education are required to qualify for this position. Responses to
Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile. Resumes and
other documentation can be attached to provide additional information.***

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values
and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified
individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

NOTES:

The salary for this program is based on the degree that the selected candidate has attained.

Bachelor Degree:  $29,344.38 Annually

Masters Degree:   $32,696.82 Annually

PhD:                      $38,659.92 Annually

The application deadline for our program is March 31, 2018, and the tentative interview period will be April - May with the candidate selection process completion anticipated to be June 2018.  All applicants are required to have completed their degree prior to the deadline date of September 2018.

JOB DUTIES:

This position is designated for the Florida Agricultural Science and Technology (FAST) Fellowship Program Trainee. The fellowship is a two-year program offering a rotation through the laboratory with the opportunity to work on state of the art equipment. The trainee will work with advanced level scientists and complete a project during the program. Performs routine sample preparations, chemical extractions, instrumental analyses and other analytical procedures on samples submitted to the Chemical Residue Laboratory for analysis of pesticides and other toxic chemical residues. Interprets and reports analytical data. Samples are submitted for either the state monitoring program or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pesticide Data Program (PDP). Work performed must adhere to very strict Quality Assurance (QA) protocols. The data generated for the state program could lead to regulatory or other actions by the department; the data generated for the USDA PDP will be used by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make pesticide risk-assessment decisions.

Performs routine sample preparation procedures (following established Standard Operating Procedures) on samples for the eventual determination of pesticide and other toxic chemical residues, including organophosphorus, organochlorine, organonitrogen and carbamate pesticides. Performs routine instrumental analysis of pesticide residues utilizing various combinations of gas chromatographic (GC) and/or liquid chromatographic (LC) and other complex analytical instruments and data systems. Analyzes, interprets and reports sample demographic and analytical data utilizing a wide variety of laboratory data processing, spreadsheet and database computer applications in a network environment. Checks data and/or calculations pertaining to samples, analyzes control charts and takes corrective action when needed. Determines and reports the regulatory significance of sample data. While conducting assigned tasks, implements strict quality assurance/quality control procedures applicable, records required information in appropriate logbooks and/or forms, and documents any observed deviations from procedures. Maintains proper sample custody during assigned procedures. Notes any significant problems for review by supervisors. 

Maintains, calibrates and monitors the performance of laboratory equipment, analytical instruments and data stations used; takes corrective action and makes minor repairs. Performs daily and periodic routine maintenance of equipment and instruments by servicing and/or replacing consumable supplies/parts as needed. Performs necessary daily and periodic calibrations and performance testing. Implements all quality assurance procedures applicable to assignments, records information in appropriate logbooks and maintains all necessary documentation.

Maintains a safe and efficient work environment by cleaning, filing, and organizing laboratory and desk areas. Participates in method validation project teams. Prepares daily and periodic work summaries and reports as instructed. Performs other related duties as may be assigned. 

.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of procedures, materials and chemistry laboratory equipment obtained from on-the-job experience. Knowledge of mathematics and chemistry.
  • Knowledge of residue level chemical analyses.
  • Skills in the perceptive use of various scientific equipment and instrumentation.
  • Skills in the use of appropriate sample-handling techniques and the operation of laboratory equipment and/or certain scientific instrumentation developed through on-the-job experience.
  • Skills in the use of sample preparation techniques.
  • Ability to effectively perform assigned chemical analyses using established laboratory procedures and tasks by understanding and following technical instructions and by applying acquired on-the-job experience.
  • Ability to perform calculations pertaining to pesticide standard solutions and sample unknowns, in parts per million (ppm) and parts per billion (ppb) concentrations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to use laboratory computer applications (data processing, spreadsheet, database, word processing and various chromatographic software) in a networked environment.

SPECIAL NOTES:

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


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