Job Posting for DPH: Chemist III

Title: Chemist III

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

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. DPH seeks a Chemist III.


  • With components of environmental testing, this advanced chemist position will use Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS) and/or gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry (GC-MS) methods independently for the quantification of metals and organic compounds in human specimens or other samples. Receive samples and develop appropriate sample prep for the quantification of various analytes in biological or environmental samples. Write verification and validation plan. Validate methods in accordance to CLIA guideline. Write and implement standard operating procedures in coordination with laboratory quality assurance.
  • Analyzes environmental samples (paint, water, dust and soil) for lead using GFAAS instrumentation. Analyzes food, water and biological samples for inorganic & organic contaminants by GC/MS & LC/MS. Optimizes techniques; updates SOPs; ensures quality control is maintained and follows the laboratorys quality assurance plan. Completes proficiency testing analyses. Prepares technical reports, charts and graphs. Summarizes laboratory findings at local and national meetings. Prepares sodium sulfide solutions used as a field test kit for the determination of lead in paint by licensed lead paint inspectors. Ensures the quality of the product and oversees its distribution.
  • Maintain the equipment in top working condition by calibrating and running qualifying tests on regular basis and troubleshooting the instruments. Train more junior level staff on the instruments software and hardware. Complete competency tests for the analytes on regular basis (at least twice a year).
  • Keep all documents related to the work processes. Write a complete technical report at the conclusion of each study. Coordinate across bureaus of the Department of Public Health including the Bureau of Environmental Health team to organize/coordinate samples analysis, timeline for receiving samples. Produce high quality and accurate data. Analyze and interpret the data, identify gaps or issues and produce the highest quality data possible.
  • Ensure that all the timelines for the project are met. Inform supervisor and the division director of any issues that may affect lab operations and running tests. Ensure that always there are adequate supplies and raw material available in the lab for the project. Communicate project results to supervisor and the division director effectively and accurately.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in the field of chemistry, of which (B) at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in chemistry or biochemistry may be substituted for two years of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Graduate degree with a major in chemistry or biochemistry may be substituted for three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.

Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

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