ICP-MS Analyst (Technician), PNNL, Sequim, WA, USA

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory (MCRL) has robust marine research programs in Sustainable Environmental Systems focused on renewable ocean energy, climate change impacts in the coastal ocean, ecological restoration, ecotoxicology, marine biotechnology, and contaminant fate and effects in the coastal ocean. 

  • Conducts research and development activities including standard technical procedures that range from routine to specialized, under technical supervision.
  • Operates in laboratory workspaces equipped with fume hoods, laminar flow hood, and with specialized instrumentation in order to conduct research.
  • Reports progress appropriately to project and line managers.
  • Completes assignments independently. Assignments are performed under general supervision and are reviewed upon completion of results. 
  • Helps structure and write analytical results, data reports, methods, and procedures. May be a contributing author for publications.
  • Operate and maintain trace metal instrumentation (ICP-MS coupled with seaFAST preconcentration system, ICP-OES)
  • Familiar with sample collection, processing, and analysis of diverse environmental matrixes (soils, sediments, biota tissue, freshwater, and seawater) using clean hand techniques.  
  • Knowledge of EPA 200 series test methods for drinking water and Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste: Physical/Chemical Methods (also known as SW-846) 3000 and 6000 series test methods for the preparation and analysis of metals by ICP-MS and ICP-OES.
  • Identifies and leads efforts to develop new procedures and methods for complex environmental matrices. May include technical mentoring.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level 4: Identifies and leads efforts to develop new procedures and methods for complex, non-routine, processes. May include technical mentoring. Critically analyzes design requirements, experimental plans, standard processes, etc., and proposes appropriate alternatives. Assignments may be broad or narrowly focused but requiring contributions of original ideas. Monitors work of more junior staff. Reports progress appropriately to project and line managers. May lead teams. Trains, guides, and mentors other junior staff. Teaches problem solving skills and methods.

Level 5: Provides imaginative, thorough and practical solutions to a wide range of problems. Responsible for technical mentoring and provides critical input to supervisors for reviews. Develops specifications for project implementation and verifies that the final product meets expectations and requirements. Recognized technical authority. Assignments may be wide in scope requiring a broad background of experience or assignments may be narrowly focused requiring substantially more technical depth. Monitors work of more junior staff. Reports progress appropriately to project and line managers. Leads teams. Mentors junior and some senior staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma and 6+ years of relevant work experience or Technical Institute Graduate/relevant Associate’s degree and 4+ years of relevant work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • High school diploma and 8+ years of relevant work experience or Technical Institute Graduate/relevant Associate’s degree and 6+ years of relevant work experience or relevant Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of relevant work experience.
  • BS/BA in a chemical, physical, biological, or environmental science from an accredited institution.
  • Knowledge and experience of minor and trace element analysis.
  • Experience working in diverse teams of people.
  • More than three years of laboratory experience in sample preparation and chemical testing of trace elements by ICP-MS and ICP-OES in aqueous (fresh water, seawater, non-potable water, drinking water), solid and tissue matrices using clean hand techniques
  • More than three years ICP-MS operating experience
  • Certificate of evidence of a formal training course in ICP-MS
  • Knowledge of The NELAC Institute (TNI) accreditation requirements for laboratories performing environmental analysis
  • Knowledge and analytical experience of minor and trace element analysis applied to marine systems
  • Demonstrates ability to work well with teams
  • Good interpersonal skills and effective communication including oral and written skills

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at jobs.pnnl.gov.

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