University of Waterloo

  • Analytical Chemist

    Requisition ID
    2018-3433
    Job Category
    Laboratory
    Department
    2125 - Civil and Environmental Eng.
    Job Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Hiring Range
    $44,332 - $55,416
  • Overview

    This position is accountable for the provision of analytical and general chemistry services for the Water Science, Technology & Policy Research Group (Water STP Group) for funded external research endeavors such as forWater, a Canada-wide and internationally-partnered research network of academics, water utilities, government agencies, industrial forestry companies, and NGOs focused on forest management-based approaches for drinking water source protection. The incumbent will support researchers with analysis and reporting of said analyses for their research projects, in addition to training users on analytical equipment in laboratories and maintaining the operations of the Water STP Group laboratories.

     

    This position is contingent on funding. 

    Responsibilities

    Analytical Chemistry Services

    • Provide researchers with routine analysis, reporting and data pertaining to the applicable research
    • Communicate scientific information; be able to explain standard methods, convey important methodological limitations
    • Method development and validation; be able to implement existing methods
    • Troubleshooting for researchers and students on the use of lab equipment to support research
    • Keep up-to-date on information and best practices for analytical instruments and methods

    Laboratory Operations

    • Maintain equipment in laboratories, including procurement of day-to-day supplies
    • Support use of analytical equipment in labs associated with research group
    • Assist in the selection of new analytical instrumentation, including requests for quotes
    • Keep inventory of supplies for labs and order as required
    • Scheduling sample analyses in instances where demand may exceed available instrument time or capacity for analyses
    • Prepare sample containers/coolers and arrange shipments to and from research partners

    Training and Health & Safety

    • Attend departmental safety meetings and required training for labs

    Qualifications

    • College diploma in a related discipline (Chemistry, Science) or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.  University degree preferred.
    • 1-2 years experience using instruments such as: total organic carbon analyzers, zeta potential analyzer, turbidimeters, centrifuges, conductivity meters, pH meters ultraviolet/visible (UV/Vis) spectrophotometers, water filtration manifolds, ultraviolet fluorometers, dissolved oxygen meters, ozone generator, specific ion electrodes/meters, laboratory precision balances, fume hoods, liquid chromatograph/organic carbon detection (LC/OCD), liquid chromatograph/mass spectrometers (LC/MS), and gas chromatograph/mass spectrometers is an asset. It is not expected that any one candidate would possess the skills required to operate all of these.
    • Understanding of the requirements for each sample analysis
    • Background in general and analytical chemistry
    • Appreciation for and understanding of the statistical nature of chemical analysis
    • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills required
    • Good communication skills

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