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Chemical Technician, DC Arc

Position Summary:

The Analytical Lab Technician works with a wide variety of solid samples to prepare and then analyze them using a DC-Arc spectrometer in conjunction with test standards or established methods of analysis.  The Technician is an integral part of our Chemistry Team, working along side other technicians as well as chemists and other analytical teams within our Analytical Laboratory.

Essential Functions

  1. Ability to perform the following responsibilities or duties:
    • Perform chemical tests of samples using DC-Arc instrumentation and associated apparatus
    • Perform basic instrument maintenance and upkeep as detailed in operating procedures
    • Produce chemical standards for analysis
    • Recommend updates to methods and procedures used in material analysis
    • Interpret test data and final results.
    • Strictly adhere to quality protocols as outlined in the methods or company procedures.
    • Enter test results into the Lab Information Management System (LIMS) database 
    • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively to maintain quality assurance of results and seamless customer service
  2. Ability to select and apply general and specialized methods, techniques, and instruments commonly used in the laboratory.
  3. Analyze a wide variety of samples for which there are standard or established methods or analysis or for which the adaptation of standards is obvious.
  4. Dedicated to ensuring safety standards are maintained.
  5. Maintain detailed records and prepare written notes specific to issues during analysis.

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • High school graduate with at least one year of chemistry; an Associate’s degree or certification as Laboratory Technician or a related technical field is highly desirable
  • At least 2 years’ experience operating analytical instrumentation used for chemical analysis, preferably spectrometers, in a laboratory environment preferable.
  • Experience handling and processing inorganic solid samples in preparation for analysis, including metals, ceramics, refractories, crystals or minerals.
  • Knowledge of universal quality assurance/quality control procedures used in chemical analysis (ISO, ASTM, etc.).
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety and approved chemical disposal practices.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of the operation and care of specialized laboratory equipment. 
  • Ability to follow established methods and procedures.
  • Willingness to learn new tasks, and flexibility in work assignments.
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to organize and multi-task.

Success Factors:

  • Ability to work independently as well as be a member of a cohesive team.
  • Positive, can-do attitude.
  • Ability to accept feedback and make adjustments when necessary.
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.