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Salary: $5,796.00 - $7,255.00
Posted: 06/12/2014

Job Description:


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

Method Development and Sample Analysis:

Plans, organizes, manages, and implements highly complex scientific research studies in the areas of identification and measurements of toxic chemicals in wildlife, humans, and the environment, biological and environmental fate and transport of contaminants and their degradation or metabolic products, and exposure pathways using the latest instrumentation and methodologies. Leads, focuses, being responsible and conducts analytical characterization, analytical method development in the area of biomonitoring and environmental monitoring. Implements the analytical process, controls and helps the advancement of chemical detection and identification to further the understanding of human and wildlife exposure to industrial and environmental chemicals. Leads the analytical aspects of a project while working with other functional areas to advance projects through the pipeline. Supports new method development with advanced quality assurance requirements and validation, identifies, selects, evaluates and/or adapts methods, techniques and procedures to optimize accuracy and precision of results and generates technical data in support of regulatory requirements and good laboratory practices. Maintains expertise by assessing recent scientific developments and new technologies in the areas of biomonitoring and analysis of toxic chemicals of interest or concern to DTSC.

Analytical Instrument Support:

Uses state-of-the-art LC-MS, GC-MS and/or other hyphenated instruments, implementing isotope dilution methods, and scaling factors for sample analysis. Interprets mass spectral data to identify, characterize, and quantify levels of the various target analytes of interest. Develops, selects, evaluates and adapts mass spectral analytical methods and techniques. Maintains expertise by assessing recent scientific developments and new technologies in the areas of biomonitoring, and in sample analysis using mass spectrometry for toxic chemicals of interest or concern to DTSC. Maintains and troubleshoots LC-MS, and GC-MS instruments.

Develops and implements QA/QC performance data to track and ensure precision and accuracy in method performance, reviews and validates analytical data. Evaluate and participate in national and international quality control proficiency evaluation program to ensure data quality for all developed analytical methodologies.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Other Scientific Duties:

Composes new and reviews and updates ECL’s SOPs. Analyzes, summarizes, and evaluates data in reports for DTSC and other agencies, and publishes research in scientific journals. Attends scientific and trade conferences on new technologies and presents scientific research investigations to technical experts and the community. Serves as scientific advisor and lead for lower-level scientists (Research Scientists I and II, Staff Chemists) participating in studies and tracking chemical contaminants in the environment. Trains and assists staff on new technologies and operations. Thinks critically about complex problems and contributes to a team-working environment to advance research project. Works with other staff to complete projects and work assignments.

Administrative Duties:

Performs administrative duties including, but not limited to: adheres to Department policies, rules, and procedures, submits administrative requests including leave, overtime, travel, and training in a timely and appropriate manner, accurately reports time in the Daily Log system and submits timesheets by the due date.

Technical Expertise:

Acts as liaison to technical and scientific staff from other DTSC and agency programs. Acts as technical expert on chemicals of emerging concern in support of regulatory and enforcement programs. Acts as an expert witness in litigation cases. Coordinates technology and information exchange with relevant agencies, to ensure state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise for ECL and DTSC.


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. Applications mailed through the U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked by the final filing date. Hand-delivered applications must be received by CLOSE OF BUSINESS (5:00 p.m.) on the final filing date. The application may not be faxed or emailed. The position number 810-357-5591-006, RPA #14-2-ECL-476, and basis of your eligibility, i.e. list eligibility, transfer, SROA, surplus, re-employment, or reinstatement should be clearly stated in the “Examination(s) and job title(s) 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 III 810 - 357 - 5591 - 006
Location County
Berkeley ALAMEDA
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Limited Term   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
09/24/2014 Http://
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
700 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, 94710
Gwen Neal/June-Soo Park
(510) 540-2607

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