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State of Massachusetts Chemist in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS) is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the role of Chemist. The selected candidate will perform highly complex chemistry tests on samples of clinical (human) and environmental origin to identify and quantify chemical contaminants or toxic elements that may be present. The incumbent will perform work under direct supervision within a framework of defined standard operating procedures, policies, and regulatory laboratory standards.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_

  • Prepares, processes, performs experiments, and records observations of testing conducted on biological, environmental and food samples by various chemical techniques, including but not limited to: automated extraction, liquid-liquid extraction, solid phase extraction, and other related techniques.

  • Analyzes various types of samples using one or more of the following analytical platforms: GC/MS, LC/MS, Raman spectroscopy, infra-red spectroscopy, Graphite Furnaces, and ICP/MS. Prepares reagents and analytical standards.

  • Uses Laboratory Information Management system for sample log-in, tracking, data management and reporting.

  • Performs specified quality control activities and monitors appropriate measures to ensure quality of the analysis and data.

  • Assists with method verification and validation.

  • Assists with the development of laboratory emergency response plans and training materials for medical professionals, local health and first responders.

  • Serves as point of entry for specimens submitted to the laboratory, maintains laboratory chain of custody and monitors specimen tracking.

_Required Qualifications:_

  • Knowledge of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

  • Knowledge of the principles, theories, methods, and practices of general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and/or biochemistry.

  • Experience in the assessment of chemicals in samples during specimen collection, preservation, packaging and shipping, material transport, accessioning, receipt, testing, storage, handling, and chain of custody.

  • Demonstrated ability to work safely with chemicals, clinical samples, and other mixed chemical/biological hazards and/or chemical free agents in the laboratory including chemical threat agents.

  • Proven experience of the quality assurance practices (e.g., equipment maintenance, proficiency testing, method validation, performance verification, staff competency, following standard operating procedures) specific to trace metal and/or chemical test methods in a diagnostic setting.

  • Capability to perform chemical calculations, measurements and unit conversion calculations.

  • Knowledge of the principles and policies governing professional ethics and rules of conduct.

  • Strong, effective verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to prepare concise technical reports.

  • Understanding of laboratory certifications and accreditations to ensure adherence to certification and accreditation requirements to meet regulatory requirements.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • State/government or industrial experience in sample prep, method development and application of chromatography and mass spectrometry in analysis of various environmental and biological samples including human specimen samples.

_Please note:_

  • Position requires periodic surge capacity response involving sustained laboratory effort which may involve temporary change of work hours or extended work hours. May involve periods of 24/7 response.

_About the Bureau if Infectious Diseases & Laboratory Sciences (BIDLS):_

BIDLS tracks, tests for, and combats infectious disease. We educate people in Massachusetts about preventing the spread of disease and improve the quality of life of all residents.

Learn more about our important work at:

_About the Department of Public Health_

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The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

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_Total Compensation_

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As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

/_Pre-Hire Process:_/

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have (A) at least two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or academic research experience in chemistry, organic chemistry or biochemistry or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Based on assignment, applicants must meet related Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) requirements for High Complexity Testing.

Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment.


I. An Associate’s degree in medical laboratory technology or chemistry and at least one (1) year experience may be substituted for the required experience.

II. A Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, or a related scientific field, may be substituted for the required experience.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Science

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Chemist

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-305 South Street

Requisition ID: 200007P2