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Chemist 3

at State of West Virginia

Pay: $34688 to $64172/year
$34688 - $64172
Posted: 8/30/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1725780
Keywords: laboratory, chemical

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Nature of Work


Continuous Recruitment, Kanawha County:   The DOP anticipates several vacancies in the near future for this classification.   Positions are located in Kanawha County with the Office of Laboratory Services at their main laboratory.  This recruitment is not for a specific vacancy but to generate a pool of interested applicants.  

Mission Statement:  The Office of Laboratory Services is dedicated to the promotion, protection and assurance of the health of citizens of West Virginia through the pursuit of these objectives:
  • To provide quality-assured laboratory services as an aid in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of communicable , chronic and genetic diseases;
  • To serve as a reference laboratory to perform unusual or difficult procedures and to offer specialized laboratory testing not performed by private laboratories in West Virginia.
  • To support public health activities by providing laboratory testing for programs such as Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health, the STD Control program, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Services and local health departments;
  • To improve laboratory performance in West Virginia laboratories through training, information updates, laboratory approval programs, personnel licensure and consultative services.

Click Here to visit the Office of Laboratory Services Homepage

Nature of Work:  Under limited supervision, performs professional work at the supervisory and/or highly specialized advanced level coordinating the work of chemists and support staff in a laboratory setting and/or conducting complex chemical laboratory tests and analyses on raw, natural or processed substances using chemical and physical laboratory procedures in order to determine composition or deviation from standards. Develops analytical procedures or standards for compliance with regulations governing health, safety and purity. May be exposed to hazardous or unknown substances. Assignments may be made in the areas of construction materials, chemical waste and pesticides, preventive health and water pollution. Performs related work as required. 

Click The APPLY Link Above To  Apply Online.  Do not use a paper application unless you cannot apply online. If you must use a paper application due to disability or other valid reason, please call our office (304) 558-3950 (8:30am-4:30pm) for special instructions. 

IMPORTANT: Your eligible score will be based on information provided in your application; therefore, make sure your application is detailed and complete. You may attach a resume and other documents; however, you should NEVER enter "See Resume" on the application. You MUST complete ALL parts of the application, including the Work Experience section. NOTE:  Jobs on your application that do not have a salary amount will be considered volunteer and will NOT be counted as qualifying. Estimate salary if necessary.
Eligibility Length:  This posting is for a Continuous recruitment because of an expected need for applicants.  Applicants will be placed on a database of eligible applicants for 1 year.  You will only be eligible for vacancies in counties you select.  After 1 year applicants who remain interested in this job title MUST re-apply to be considered.  The Division of Personnel cannot say only with any certainty the location or number of future vacancies, only that the agency has expressed an anticipated hiring need.   If an applicant wishes more specific information about future hiring plans please contact the hiring agency directly. 
Job Interest Card:  You may complete an online Job Interest Card at our main jobs page to receive an email notice anytime jobs not currently available for application are posted.  Note:  ONLY recruitments not currently open will appear on Job Interest Card notifications so please check the current listings thoroughly to avoid missing an opportunity.
As a condition of employment, an inquiry into job-related information will be completed which may include, but not limited to, criminal records, abuse registry records, driving records, employment history, and education and training.  Failing to cooperate with this process, providing false and incomplete information, or discovery of disqualifying information will result in denial of or dismissal from employment or denial of transfer irrespective of when discovered.

Examples of Work

  • Plans and directs the activities of laboratory chemists in the performance of complex tests on a variety of materials to determine composition, purity and compliance with legal standards.
  • Reviews and approves sample analysis reports submitted by subordinate personnel to ensure accuracy, procedures compliance, and to recommend changes or administrative follow-up.
  • Performs direct chemical analysis work similar to subordinate chemists; evaluates problematic sample results to determine error or unusual substance.
  • Evaluates and implements alternative test procedures and new techniques; develops test standards and guideline material for staff use.
  • Prepares reports on test results; may prepare reports on unit activities; recommends major equipment purchase and priorities.
  • Advises laboratory staff on proper procedures, problems and complex test interpretation.
  • Operates a variety of standard chemical laboratory equipment and may calibrate and make or arrange minor repairs.
  • Coordinates laboratory tests with field technicians and other units; consults with other units on technical problems relating to chemical analysis or test findings.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, methods, and accepted practices associated with chemical analysis.
  • Knowledge of advance laboratory practices and procedures, and of safety measures used to handle samples, supplies and equipment.
  • Knowledge of statistics common to chemical analysis and reporting.
  • Knowledge of general supervisory practices and policies.
  • Ability to select, perform, and train others in chemical tests and sequenced analyses, in data verification and interpretation of findings.
  • Ability to locate and correct problems with samples and tests, to prepare accurate reports, and to explain corrective measures to other chemists.
  • Ability to analyze laboratory procedures, decide on the best alternatives, and to recommend improvements to individual tests and sequence processes.
  • Ability to read and comprehend detailed instruction manuals and procedure manuals, and to use a variety of sources to develop modifications and improvements in procedures.
  • Ability to explain chemical tests and procedures to lay persons, both on a routine basis and under cross-examination in a court of law.
  • Ability to communicate with others, both verbally and in writing, and to maintain favorable work relationships and public contacts.

Minimum Qualifications

Training:  Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university including eighteen (18) semester hours in chemistry.

Experience:  Three years of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience in benchwork in a laboratory.

NOTICE:  If you are claiming college or other post-high school education or license, you MUST attach or provide by mail a legible copy of your OFFICIAL education transcript, license or training record. YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT UNTIL THIS VERIFICATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED. To avoid missing a job opportunity, it is important that you provide this verification as soon as possible. You only have to provide this verification one time. It is not required with every application. Attach documents to the online application, or via email to:, FAX: 304-957-0396, or mail to: Division of Personnel, Building 3, Suite 500, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305.

Other Information

Where is the Office of Laboratory Services?

There are three laboratories that provide testing services.  The main laboratory, located in South Charleston, West Virginia, is responsible for Threat-Preparedness, Serology, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Parasitology, Environmental Microbiology, Newborn Screening, Virology, and Rabies testing.  The Environmental Chemistry Laboratory is located in Big Chimney, WV and a district Environmental Microbiology Laboratory is located in Kearneysville, WV.

What tests are performed at OLS?

The Office of Laboratory services provides a variety of clinical and environmental testing.  Listed below is a summary of the tests that OLS provides:

  • Environmental and Clinical specimen confirmation for BT agents
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Foodborne illness
  • Hepatitis
  • Influenza
  • Newborn testing for metabolic disorders
  • Parasitology
  • Rabies
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Water and Milk Testing
  • West Nile Virus