State of Washington Classified Job Specification
• Leads lower level chemists and/or technical staff and conducts quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis;
• Serves as a contracts officer, reviewing and responsible for analytical data quality;
• Plans, documents, reviews and approves the agency's quality assurance plan for laboratory functions;
• Supervises one or more chemists on a shift;
• Is a designated specialist with experience in a specialty area of chemistry.
Programs laboratory use of a variety of instruments such as gas chromatographs, polariscopes, infrared spectrophotometers, internal flow counters and multichannel analyzers, and develops testing standards and guides for other professional chemistry personnel using this equipment;
Meets with department and nondepartment personnel to discuss laboratory findings and interpretations and to discuss the needs for proposed chemical investigations;
Performs original chemical research to develop methods of chemical analysis and measurement or new applications of existing instrumentation and the methods, limitations, and standards therefore, or to extend chemical and physical principles into fields not previously reported in professional literature;
Plans major chemical research projects; estimates manpower, equipment, and other costs associated with proposed jobs; determines type and amount of laboratory equipment needed for current and projected studies;
Testifies as a chemical expert in a specialized field at court or other official hearings; represents the department on interagency technical committees as top chemist in his/her specialty, and makes tentative agreements for cooperative technical projects;
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.
Two years of experience as a Chemist 2.
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 added distinguishing characteristics: 6-15-90
Revised minimum qualifications: 1-11-91
New class code: (formerly 53830) effective July 1, 2007