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CHEMIST III - 42001452(FOR INTERNAL AGENCY EMPLOYEES ONLY)

Date: Feb 7, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 29682 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: CHEMIST III - 42001452(FOR INTERNAL AGENCY EMPLOYEES ONLY)

Position Number: 42001452 

Salary:  $38,659.92 - $49,000.12 

Posting Closing Date: 02/21/2018 

CHEMIST III

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF FOOD SAFETY

BUREAU OF CHEMICAL RESIDUE LABORATORIES

***INTERNAL AGENCY OPPORTUNITY--
ONLY CURRENT EMPLOYEES OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES WILL BE CONSIDERED. ***

CONTACT:

Matthew Standland

3125 Conner Boulevard, L29-9

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1650

 (850) 617-7500

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, forensics, or related field and two (2) years of professional chemical or biochemical experience; or

A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, forensics, or related field and one (1) year of professional experience as described above; or

A doctorate from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, forensics, or related field.

Certain positions within this class require individuals to meet specific federal or state regulations as identified by the employing agency.

 

***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.

JOB DUTIES:

Performs complex sample preparations, chemical extractions, instrumental analyses and special analytical procedures on samples submitted to the Chemical Residue Laboratory for analysis of pesticides, veterinary drugs and other toxic chemical contaminants or residues. Interprets and reports analytical data.  Samples are submitted for either the state monitoring program; the USDA Pesticide Data Program (PDP) or the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN).  Work performed must adhere to very strict Quality Assurance (QA) protocols and International Standard ISO 17025 guidelines.  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 EPA to make pesticide risk-assessment decisions; the data generated for the FERN will be used to help assure a secure food supply, safe from intentional or unintentional contamination with hazardous chemicals. Assists with planning and organizing the workload, personnel, and analytical instrumentation, for the most efficient operation in the analysis of food samples for chemical contaminants or residues.  Independently perform highly complex analyses of food samples for chemical residues utilizing various combinations of gas and liquid chromatographic and other advanced analytical instruments and data systems.  Conducts experiments and interprets results to confirm analytical findings, including using MS and MS/MS instruments for definitive identification of residue levels of chemicals in food products. 

Assists supervisory chemist with planning and organizing the daily operations of personnel and sample analysis of this unit.  Verifies and interprets the analytical results generated and determines the regulatory significance.  Monitors unit performance on QA samples, both internal and external.  Analyzes control charts and takes corrective action when needed.  Implements all QA procedures and maintains all necessary documentation.  Checks calculations on sample reports.  Verifies the accuracy of pesticide standard solutions and assures that all standards are up to date.

Tests and performs necessary alterations and/or modifications of new and existing methodology for routine analysis in this unit in coordination with the MD and QA chemists.

Implements the strict QA/QC and ISO 17025 requirements of the unit.

Prepares daily and periodic reports on analytical results generated, notes any significant problems, and evaluates existing QA procedures pertaining to the laboratory operations of this unit for review by supervisors.

Performs appropriate repair and maintenance of analytical instruments in area of responsibility.  Completes QA documentation for daily instrument maintenance.  Performs necessary daily instrument calibration and periodic instrument performance testing and records information in appropriate log books.  Submits requests for requisitions on purchasing agent for supplies and chemicals required to perform unit analyses.  Maintains an inventory of supplies and chemicals used in the unit.  Oversees the receipt of unit goods.  Performs other related duties as may be assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and terminology of chemistry obtained from formal academic training in chemistry and related sciences and through on-the-job experience.
  • Knowledge of quality assurance concepts and techniques.
  • Skill in the perceptive use of various scientific instrumentation, discernment of factors influencing analytical variations, application of techniques of analytical chemistry, and appropriate interpretation and communication of chemical concepts and generated data.
  • Skill in the perceptive use of various gas and liquid chromatographic and other analytical instruments including data systems, electronic integrators, etc., application of techniques of residue analysis, and quality assurance procedures.
  • Ability to understand and apply acquired knowledge of the principles of chemistry, perform chemical analyses using appropriate scientific methodology, exercise independent judgment and utilize appropriate problem-solving techniques, effectively evaluate analytical data and compose factual, concise and understandable written reports.
  • Ability to perform chemical residue analyses.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate sample flow.
  • Determining priorities and most applicable methodology, and effectively evaluating analytical results produced.
  • Ability to perform chemical residue analysis using HPLC technology.

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. 


Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee