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Chemist III

  • Chemist III
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  • Do I qualify?
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$41,208.00 – $65,544.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,717.00 – $2,731.00
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This is senior-level professional chemical analysis work in a State of Missouri laboratory.

Job Duties

Analyzes samples in accordance with quantitative and qualitative chemical methods to detect and verify composition and possible contaminants; evaluates and interprets results assessing the scope and impact of any health or environmental hazard.

Verifies and/or interprets anomalies such as matrix, spectral, chemical, and chromatographic interferences that may occur during the analysis of samples.

Provides guidance and training to other chemists on analytical methods and/or techniques, data interpretation, and matrix interferences.

Testifies in court regarding the methods, standards, procedures, and instruments used in the analysis of specific samples and ensuing results.

Conducts and participates in laboratory certification on-site audits of municipal and private laboratories in the State of Missouri.

Reviews published chemical analytical procedures and methods; recommends modification of or inclusion of new methods into existing laboratory protocols and methods.

Reviews, evaluates, and prepares reports detailing results of analyses and studies.

Analyzes samples for the presence and concentration of pesticides, herbicides, metals, and other pollutants using chromatography, Inductively Coupled Plasma/Optical Emission Spectrometer, atomic absorption, and/or spectrometry techniques; interprets and evaluates results.

Oversees and conducts the analysis of water, air, soils and waste materials; reviews interpretation and/or interprets analysis results.

Participates in meetings, conferences, and seminars.

Coordinates and schedules laboratory analysis contracted to outside laboratories.

Conducts routine instrument maintenance and adjusts instruments as needed for testing.

Conducts quality assurance and quality control evaluations verifying the validity and quality of data and test results; ensures adherence to proper procedures.

Trains staff to perform appropriate tests, protocols, and new techniques as applied to established tests.

Exercises considerable independence in the performance of duties; receives administrative direction.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Two or more years of experience as a Chemist II with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 20 earned credit hours in Chemistry; and,

Four or more years of professional experience as a chemist.

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in Chemistry may substitute for one year of the stated experience.)

(A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Chemistry may substitute for two years of the stated experience.)

(A Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in Chemistry may substitute for the stated experience.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of organic and inorganic chemistry.

Comprehensive knowledge of principles and procedures used in quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory testing procedures.

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of chromatography and spectrometry.

Introductory knowledge of effective principles and practices of mentoring and training of laboratory staff.

Skill in the operation of laboratory equipment.

Skill in determining the quality and validity of test samples.

Ability to prepare comprehensive and detailed laboratory activity reports.

Ability to perform chemical analysis and interpret test results.

Ability to evaluate tests performed by others for procedural and quality standards.

Ability to perceive color.

Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with supervisors, staff, public officials, private management, and the public.

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