State of Washington Classified Job Specification
Trains and supervises several subordinate chemists or chemists and microbiologist in a chemical program requiring the regular and frequent performance of original chemical research; coordinates laboratory activities and gives technical assistance in areas of research planning and development of original techniques;
Reviews laboratory results obtained and checks research reports of subordinates for justification of conclusions and resolution of the problems for which the study was conducted;
Participates in interagency and interstate committees and within a general framework commits the Department to participation in joint studies and projects;
Meets with representatives of companies, political subdivisions and industries on whom his laboratory has direct impact to discuss and resolve questions of adequacy of studies performed, approaches used, and results obtained; initiates changes and restudies according to his own judgment;
In the Department of Agriculture, supervises chemists and microbiologists in the chemical and biological analysis of dairy and food products for adulteration and contamination, including pesticide or other toxic residues on foods and raw agricultural products;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to: plan large-scale chemical studies, including instrumentation and manpower utilization; supervise and train chemists in a laboratory setting; present technical information clearly, both orally and in writing; deal effectively with representatives of other agencies and businesses at an administrative level.
A Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college level chemistry and six years of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory including at least one year of experience leading or supervising professional chemists.
One year of experience as a Chemist 3.
NOTE: A Master's degree will substitute for two years of the required experience or a Ph.D. degree will substitute for three years of the required experience provided a Bachelor's degree and the required college-level chemistry have been achieved.
Class Specification History
Revised minimum qualifications: 11-12-87
Revised definition and distinguishing characteristics: 6-15-90
Revised minimum qualifications: 1-11-91
New class code: (formerly 53840) effective July 1, 2007