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Sr Laboratory Scientist

State of Arkansas
Cammack Village, Arkansas, US
Closing date
Dec 16, 2021

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
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Full time
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Position Number: 22179630 County: Pulaski Posting End Date: Open Until Filled Anticipated Starting Salary: 62,531 Laboratory Services Hiring Authority 1 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 Phone 501/823-1730 Email As the largest industry in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation. The Department is organized into five Divisions: Forestry Division, Livestock and Poultry Division, Natural Resources Division, Plant Industries Division, and Shared Services Division. Position Information Class Code: B149C Grade: GS11 FLSA Status: EXEMPT Salary Range: $62,531 - $90,670 Summary The Senior Laboratory Scientist is responsible for overseeing and managing the operations of high complexity laboratory testing programs. These programs involve chemical and/or biological characterization of a wide array of matrices of agricultural significance using exploratory, novel instrumental platforms and methods. This position is governed by state and federal laws and department policy. Functions * With minimal oversight, develops statistically validated laboratory procedures for quantitative analysis of target analytes. * Develops instrument control methods using these procedures for high-throughput, automated analytical sequences and trains others in their implementation. * Reports status of laboratory operations to division administrators. * Maintains laboratory instrumentation and serves as contact point for manufacturer service calls. * Assists program participants in writing federal research grant proposals and monitoring and approving grant activities and expenditures. * Initiating purchase of capital equipment by writing and reviewing vendor quotations and submitting purchase orders. * Attends regional and national scientific conferences and presents findings; prepares and delivers seminars and lectures. * Prepares and submits reports to granting and regulatory agencies. * Performs other duties as assigned. Dimensions Occasional travel may be required. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities * Knowledge of methods and techniques of scientific research and data collection and analysis. * Knowledge of statistical methods and formulas. * Knowledge of impact of chemical contaminants on the environment. * Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. * Ability to design and implement environmental studies. * Ability to perform specialized qualitative and quantitative analysis, conduct research, and collect data. * Ability to design experimental protocols and formulate data quality objectives and sampling plans. * Ability to adapt published procedures and optimize analytical figures of merit. * Ability to write descriptive results of analysis. * Ability to supervise a subordinate professional and administrative support staff. * Ability to interpret safety rules, operating/maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. * Ability to analyze and interpret business manuals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. * Ability to analyze and interpret scientific/technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. * Ability to prepare and/or present oral and written communications that pertain to controversial and complex topics. Minimum Qualifications A doctoral degree in a laboratory science such as chemistry or microbiology; plus three years of progressively more responsible experience in analytical chemistry, microbiology or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB-RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE. Licenses The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law. Preferred Qualification: * Publication record in analytical mass spectrometry. * Leadership experience in a laboratory setting performing personnel evaluations, procurement, scheduling, method development, and other related duties. * At least one year of documented experience working within a formal quality management system authoring and revising controlled documents and performing root cause/corrective action analysis. * Experience handling potentially infectious and/or hazardous materials including, but not limited to, animal bodily fluids, tissues, microbiological cultures, and agricultural samples containing pesticides. * Vaccination against rabies may be required, as well as documented maintenance of titer. * The ability and willingness to regularly wear personal protective equipment and to comply with fit testing requirements is a fundamental requirement of this position. * Any employment offer may be less than the maximum of the range due to salary equity with similarly situated employees or the selected candidate's related education and experience. Nearest Major Market: Little Rock

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