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OPS CHEMIST SPECIALIST - 42901936

Date:  Nov 8, 2022
Location: 

TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399


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Requisition No: 689621 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: OPS CHEMIST SPECIALIST - 42901936

Position Number: 42901936 

Salary:  $22.04 Hourly 

Posting Closing Date: 12/05/2022 

OPS CHEMIST SPECIALIST
 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES
 

DIVISION OF AGRICULTURAL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
 

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY --
THIS IS A FULL-TIME TEMPORARY POSITION***


CONTACT:

Christian Amason, (850) 617-7842


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in chemistry or biochemistry and three (3) 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 chemistry or biochemistry and two (2) years of professional experience as described above; or


A doctorate from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in chemistry or biochemistry.
 

***ATTENTION CANDIDATES***

To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed (an attached resume is not a substitution for the information required on the candidate profile).
  • Work history, duties and responsibilities, hours worked, supervisor, and formal education fields, etc. must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.
     

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:

General:  The duties and responsibilities for this position are directly related to the agency mission regarding the number of official samples analyzed and analytical tests conducted under F.S. Chapters 487 and 580. This position is responsible for supporting the feed and pesticide laboratory programs within the Bureau of Agricultural Environmental Laboratories by performing complex instrumental analysis of animal feed surveillance and investigative samples and participating in  analytical methods improvement, modification and development. 


Prepares and analyzes samples for Mycotoxins by ELISA methodology and performs confirmation analysis for certain mycotoxin detections by Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy (LC/MS).  Participates in method development and validation for contaminant testing methodology in animal feed samples including ionophores, mycotoxins, pesticides and other chemical contaminants utilizing a variety of analytical instrumentation.  Conducts contaminant testing analysis for heavy metals/minerals in animal feed samples utilizing Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP/MS), and pesticide screening analysis and other contaminant testing for investigative feed samples utilizing Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy (GC/MS) and LC/MS . 


Interprets, evaluates and calculates results from analytical data generated by various instrumental techniques. 


Inputs and uploads data to the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Submits analytical data reports to meet program requirements, and complies with department Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Quality Assurance, and safety protocols in compliance with ISO 17025. Participates in method development, improvement and validation studies for the analysis of feed samples. Prepares written laboratory reports as required by supervisors.  Coordinates method changes with the Bureau Quality Assurance Officer (QAO) and Management in accordance with QA/QC procedures and in response to analytical needs arising from special operational requirements or crisis situations. 


Reviews data and validates state compliance samples received from FDACS Certified Feed Laboratories. Assists the Bureau Quality Assurance Officer (QAO) and management in taking corrective actions to repair out-of-control sample preparation and analyses methods. Updates SOPs as new techniques are added to existing methods.  Helps maintain analytical instruments and their components for proper performance by following appropriate quality assurance/quality control procedures and performing preventive maintenance and/or corrective actions as necessary.  Responsible for following and implementing standard department safety procedures and protocols in the normal course of job duties.  Assists the QAO in writing and maintaining SOPs in support of ISO 17025 Accreditation.  Updates the Consumables Inventory Database with supplies used.


Also, in order to maintain technical proficiency, the employee will be required to periodically travel to seminars, workshops, and conferences. 


Performs any other related work as assigned by supervisor. 


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.


Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee