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Chemist - ICP: OES/MS

NSL Analytical is all of these with the focus on creating opportunities for our people
About us:
NSL Analytical Services is an independent commercial testing laboratory and recognized leader in analytical testing. NSL Analytical helps customers achieve the highest standards of product quality from design to launch by providing accurate, reliable, and repeatable material testing results. 
Founded in 1945, NSL Analytical Services works with leading industries to provide commercial materials testing. We work with leaders in the Aerospace, Automotive, and Manufacturing industries. Our customers rely on our technology to help develop, research, and test the materials that go into their products. The materials we have tested can be found anywhere from the airplane you are riding in, the semi’s that you see on the road, and even in your local store.
NSL provides critical information that our customers can trust, with rapid turnaround to help them meet the demands of their customers. At NSL, you will be part of the tradition in building lifelong relationships in the Materials testing Industry. This role works to understand the customer needs and partners with them to deliver services and/or products as needed. 
Position Summary:    
The ICP/MS Chemist works with a wide variety of samples and materials to prepare and analyze them using inductively coupled mass spectrometry (ICP/MS) for trace analysis in conjunction with test standards and established methods of analysis. While the ICP/OES chemist works with the same variety of samples using optical emissions spectrometry without trace analysis. The ICP/MS and ICP/OES Chemists are an integral part of our operational team, working alongside technicians, chemists and other analytical teams within our Analytical Laboratory.
Essential Functions*:
  • Ability to perform the following responsibilities or duties:
  • Perform sample preparation and elemental impurity analysis according to methods, SOPs and the QMS to meet due dates for raw materials and finished products requests.
  • Prepare samples for analysis using techniques such as extraction.
  • Perform pH, wet chemistry titration, brix, moisture analysis, melting point, density, specific gravity testing or other analytical tests as needed.
  • Troubleshoot laboratory ICP instrumentation, other lab instruments and methods to determine root causes and drive corrective actions as needed.
  • Perform basic instrument maintenance and upkeep as detailed in operating procedures
  • Collaborate on protocols and report generation for ICP-MS or ICP-OES analysis.
  • Inspect, clean, calibrate, standardize, and maintain analysis and measurement equipment, glassware and instrumentation.
  • Validate analytical test methods.
  • Strictly adhere to quality protocols as outlined in the methods or company procedures.
  • Enter test results into the Lab Information Management System (LIMS) database 
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively to maintain quality assurance of results and seamless customer service
  • Ability to select and apply general and specialized methods, techniques, and instruments commonly used in the laboratory.
  • Analyze a wide variety of samples for which there are standard or established methods or analysis or for which the adaptation of standards is obvious.
  • Dedicated to ensuring safety standards are maintained.
  • Maintain detailed records and prepare written notes specific to issues during analysis.
* The job description documents the general nature and level of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbents.
Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):
  • Bachelors degree in Chemistry or a science related field requiring a minimum of one year of Chemistry curriculum or a minimum of two years lab experience as reviewed and approved at the discretion of the hiring manager.
  • Alternatively, an Associate’s degree or certification as Laboratory Technician or a related technical field in combination with at least 2 years’ experience operating analytical instrumentation used for chemical and physical analysis in a laboratory environment.
  • Analytical instrumental experience required, ICPMS, ICPOES and AA instruments a plus. 
  • Knowledge of accepted quality assurance/quality control procedures used in chemical analysis.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety and approved chemical disposal practices.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of chemistry. 
  • Ability to follow established methods and procedures.
  • Willingness to learn new tasks and software.
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to organize and multi-task.
Success Factors:
  • Ability to work independently as well as be a member of a cohesive team.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Ability to accept feedback and adjust when necessary.
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
Work Conditions/Physical Demands:
General office environment: sitting at desk/computer; frequent standing and walking; occasional pulling, pushing, carrying, reaching, bending, and stooping. Occasional to frequent exposure to dust, odors, fumes, etc. from the lab area. 
Reasonable Accommodations:
This description is representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and physical requirements to successfully perform the job. At the employee’s request, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.