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Chemist IV

  • Chemist IV
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$46,392.00 – $73,896.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,933.00 – $3,079.00
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This is senior-level administrative and/or consultative professional chemical analysis work in a State of Missouri laboratory.

Job Duties

Serves as lead worker providing assignments and training to other chemists and technicians in the performance of a variety of chemical tests and procedures.

Serves as an independent Quality Assurance Officer for quality assurance and control evaluations verifying the validity and quality of data and test results; ensures test results/data are high quality and defensible; and conducts internal audits and tracks/monitors compliance with laboratory standards and federal regulations.

Provides expert testimony in court or enforcement hearings concerning procedures, complex instrumentation, analytical results, and the interpretation of data.

Reviews, researches, and evaluates published chemical analytical procedures for inclusion into existing procedures; evaluates existing procedures; develops new methods and/or techniques; and oversees implementation of new and/or revised methods, techniques, and procedures.

Schedules and conducts on-site audits for laboratory certification of municipal and private laboratories in the State of Missouri; advises and consults with these laboratories to ensure compliance with certification standards, protocols, and procedures; and submits final recommendations for laboratory certification.

Represents and serves as a consultant for a department at public meetings and conferences concerning laboratory data with respect to environmental issues or concerns.

Confers with management and/or administration on laboratory issues; conducts and participates in conferences with laboratory staff and other agency personnel; and consults with professional and non-professional groups in connection with the work of the laboratory.

Prepares periodic and special reports; serves as a consultant to program directors regarding the interpretation of laboratory reports.

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

Reviews and evaluates specialized equipment and assesses feasibility of purchase or usage; determines impact on current laboratory procedures.

Provides technical expertise regarding the application of analytical methods and interpretation of federally regulated procedures and their modifications.

Provides interpretation of data qualifiers and explanations for external client programs.

Oversees staff to ensure adherence to analytical methods, standard operating procedures, and laboratory protocols and procedures.

Exercises significant independence and initiative in the performance of duties; receives general 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 III 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,

Six 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 four years of 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.

Intermediate 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 evaluate current testing procedures and develop new or improved methodologies.

Ability to train and guide laboratory staff.

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 participate in local and national chemical and scientific organizations and meetings.

Ability to perceive color.

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

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