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Salary: $4,833.00 - $6,006.00
Posted: 12/18/2013

Job Description:
POSITION #810-357-5576-022 RPA#14-2-ECL-322

Even though you may have previously submitted an application for this classification, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A STANDARD STATE APPLICATION, FORM STD 678 PRIOR TO THE FINAL FILING DATE.

Under the direct supervision of a Research Scientist Supervisor I, the Research Scientist I plans, organizes and carries out scientific research studies of limited scientific scope and complexity. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

Follows ECL developed pre-preparation and preparation procedures (extraction and digestion) for complex enforcement samples that require specialized analytical methods and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Matrices include wastes such as glass beads and improperly disposed of electronic devices that are suspected of meeting the definition of a hazardous waste. Validates that the sample preparation procedures for materials analyzed will give correct results without potential matrix interferences or biases. Addresses specific issues with other matrices with high concentrations of specific analytes. Processes the acquired data, documents instrument parameters, reviews data, and prepares analytical and QA/QC reports. Operates, maintains and troubleshoots analytical equipment necessary for digestion and extraction and advanced scientific instruments (e.g. LC, ICP/AES, ICP/MS) necessary for analysis. Enters Data into the ECL LIMS computer program. Completes assigned work to meet Turn-Around-Time (TAT) and reviews for completeness and accuracy. Effectively communicates and consults with supervisor and other staff members to complete work assignments on time.

Maintains and replenishes inventory parts, accessories, standards and consumables needed for the operation. Coordinates with other staff in ECL and with DTSC project managers on data quality and data objectives. Explores and evaluates advanced and innovative technologies and instrumentation for the analytical method needs to meet project objectives.

Prepares SOPs, reports and manuscripts for both internal and external use, and for publications in peer-reviewed journals. Acts as a technical consultant for other programs within and outside DTSC. Participates on teams and in special projects with staff from other DTSC programs and other stakeholders. Prepares clear and concise oral and written reports to colleagues, managers, and other interested parties on analytical results and new methodologies. Applies scientific principles to critical review of documents. Searches and evaluates literature reports; synthesizes conclusions. Participates in training and keeps up-to-date on relevant State, DTSC and ECL rules, regulations and policies

Additional Information: FREE PARKING WHO MAY APPLY: Eligible candidates who are currently State employees with status in the above classification or lateral transfer from an equivalent class, former State employees who can reinstate into this class, or persons who are reachable on a current employment certification list for this classification. All methods of appointments may be considered. All interested applicants must submit a standard state application (STD. 678) with original signature and social security number (applications are maintained strictly confidential). Applications mailed through the U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked by the final filing date, the application must be received by CLOSE OF BUSINESS (5:00 p.m.). Do not submit applications electronically. E-mail applications are not accepted. Indicate the position number 810-357-5576-022 and RPA#14-2-ECL-322 in the Examination/Job Title section. The basis of your eligibility, i.e. list eligibility, transfer, SROA, surplus, re-employment, or reinstatement should be clearly stated in the “Explanations' section of the state application being submitted. SROA and Surplus candidates are encouraged to apply. Appointment is subject to SROA and State surplus policies. Surplus candidates must submit a copy of their surplus status letter. Applications will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be considered.

A 60 day candidate pool may be established for subsequent vacancies.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Research Scientist I 810 - 357 - 5576 - 022
Location County
Berkeley ALAMEDA
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Analytical Support
700 Heinz Avenue
Gwen Neal/John Quinn

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