SRA 2 NEX (Screening Chemist)

University of California, Davis
Davis, CA
Sep 14, 2021
Sep 17, 2021
Organization Type
Under direction of the Lab Research Supervisor I, responsible for the performance of organic analysis for the determination of drugs and their metabolites in biological specimens using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry and other analytical techniques. Responsible for care and maintenance of laboratory equipment and complex analytical instruments. Responsible for participating in the update and development of analytical procedures, quality control procedures, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Budgeted Salary Range: Initial placement will not exceed $29.03/Hour (Step 6.0), commensurate with relevant experience.


Salary Range

$26.30-$42.31/hour. Budgeted Salary Range: Initial placement will not exceed $29.03/Hour (Step 6.0), commensurate with relevant experience.

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Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Work schedule might be slightly different during the training period).


Davis, CA

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Ability to distinguish between colors.

Stoop, bend, and lift supplies and equipment weighing up to 25 lbs.

Ability to perform repetitive motions such as pipetting.

Sit/work at a computer/workstation for extended periods of time.


This position is subject to Vaccination Program (Influenza, SARS-CoV-2, is/might subject to prophylactic vaccination for rabies), and Medical/Health Surveillance Program/Procedures/Review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 5:00pm (Work schedule might be slightly different during the training period).

This position is not eligible for remote work, due to the nature of the essential responsibilities.

THIS IS NOT AN H1B/J1 OPPORTUNITY. Candidate must be legally permitted to work in the United States and not subject to revocation.

THIS IS NOT A RESEARCH POSITION. This position is located in a regulated and accredited diagnostic laboratory where quality control and assurance as well as meticulous working habits are essential.

Per the terms and agreements of the department's contracts and grants, the position requires signing of a Confidentiality Agreement or Non-Disclosure Agreement regarding testing and client information.

Work in area where there is constant noise from equipment operation.

Restricted/Limited vacation during peak workload periods (i.e. Outbreaks, Fiscal Close, Audits Periods, etc.).



B.S degree in analytical chemistry or a related scientific discipline, and/or equivalent work experience related to performing techniques and procedures for analysis of biological samples as described in the Standard Operating Procedures in a laboratory environment.

Experience in sample preparation techniques such as solid phase and liquid-liquid sample extraction, sample fortification and matrix matching and skills to prepare analytical reagents, solutions, controls and standards.

Skills operating a wide range of manual and computer-controlled analytical equipment including Gas Chromatograph, Liquid Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometers, including maintenance and trouble-shooting of equipment to obtain maximum performance from instruments.

Skills in the operation and maintenance of a wide range of laboratory equipment used in sample preparation including mircoliter pipettes, pH meter, sonicator, evaporator, centrifuge, analytical balance, automated SPE instruments, and analytical instruments.

Skills to perform mathematical calculations, and knowledge of statistical analysis. Familiarity with literature sources of analytical procedures. Organizational skills to schedule work activities.

Knowledge of and skills to follow safe working practices including handling/disposing of hazardous materials.


Experience working in a high volume, high throughput analytical laboratory, in a regulated industry with knowledge of QA/QC to continuously produce high quality data.

Competency using various forms of chromatographic software such as ChemStation, Xcalibur, and/or Tracefinder software.

Advanced knowledge and skill to operate high performance analytical equipment including the Thermo Orbitrap (Q-Exactive series), Thermo triple quadrupole mass spectrometers (Quantum Ultra, Vantage, Quantiva, Altis), and/or linear ion-trap mass spectrometers.


The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy ( covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.

Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

No Smoking

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

EEO/AA Statement

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.