Job Posting for DPH: Chemist II

Title: Chemist II

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Chemist II conducts radiological analyses in the Massachusetts Environmental Radiation Laboratory (MERL), performs sample collection, sample receipt, chain of custody activities, analysis, and quality control tests as needed and compiles statistical data and performs related duties as required in support of the environmental monitoring lab  activities of  the Radiation Control Program.


  • At the direction of the Lab Supervisor, the chemist II conducts the day-to-day activities of the various aspects of environmental radiation monitoring and radiological emergency response through the collection and analysis of environmental media for routine analysis or other specimens for isotopic identification by MERL.
  • Performs the orderly receipt and logging in of “control” and “indicator” samples as instructed.
  • Responsible for organizing data from radiological analyses conducted by MERL and for the timely generation of raw data, analytical results and/or spectrum analyses from various environmental media.
  • Maintains inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment by determining when such supplies, equipment, and gases and calibration standards must be ordered.
  • Performs the chemical preservation and stabilization of samples and specimens.
  • Assists the RSO/supervisor to develop and refines prospective analytical protocols to test and count samples for radionuclides of interest.
  • Assists the RSO/supervisor to procure appropriate and adequate stockpiles of laboratory supplies to maintain uninterrupted laboratory activities.
  • Assists the RSO/supervisor in the training of personnel as needed.
  • Compiles statistical data and develops reports on laboratory tests and technical data.
  • Drafts responses as requested to inquiries from other states, manufacturers, the general public, contractors and the federal government regarding agency matters.
  • Assists the Radiation Safety Officer/Supervisor, under the direction of the Director of the Radiation Control Program (or his/her designee), in the administration of pertinent duties concerning radiological safety for the staff of the Radiation Control Program, as specified in the written application of the Agency or in the delegation of authority tendered to the RSO/Supervisor.


  • Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in the field of chemistry, of which (B) at least one year must have been in a professional capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
  • Substitutions:
  • I.  A Bachelor’s degree with a major in chemistry or biochemistry may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*
  • II.  A Graduate degree with a major in chemistry or biochemistry may be substituted for the required experience.*
  • *Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
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