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The Chemist Supervisor is responsible for directing the activities of a chemical laboratory. This position is governed by the Association of Analytical Chemists standards,

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Special Job Requirements:

Frequent exposure to hazardous chemicals is required.

Typical Functions:

Supervises a small to medium-sized technical staff of chemists and technicians by interviewing applicants and recommending for hire, making work assignments, evaluating the performance of incumbents, and training new employees. Prepares unit’s budget and monitors unit expenditures, including federal grants. Writes bid specifications for lab equipment. Purchases supplies, chemicals, and equipment. Maintains various files such as sample/specimen records, analytical results, quality control data, and equipment performance records. Compiles and submits reports of unit’s activities to supervisor. Maintains laboratory equipment by monitoring equipment operation, calibrating, performing maintenance and repairs, and coordinating other repairs with service contractors. Conducts research for developing new analytical methods. Adapts new methods to laboratory use. Provides technical assistance to departmental personnel, federal and state agencies, Industry personnel, and the general public. Maintains inventory on supplies, chemicals, equipment, and other items within the unit. Directs quality assurance activities of the agency and quality control activities of institutions such as hospitals to validate analytical results. Appears in court when analytical results are disputed to explain and/or verify analytical reports. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory practices and techniques. Knowledge of the principles and practices of chemistry and chemical analysis. Knowledge of standard and specialized laboratory equipment. Knowledge of laws and regulations governing chemical laboratories. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to conduct and direct the activities of a chemical laboratory. Ability to write descriptive results of analysis and appear as expert witness in court.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry; plus three years of experience in a chemistry laboratory, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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