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State of Indiana
Marion County, IN
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Science, Chemistry, General Chemistry
Organization Type
Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana's communities every day.

At the State of Indiana, we don't just talk about diversity and inclusion - Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process, as well as perform the essential functions of a role.

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

Agency Statement:

About the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH):
The Indiana Department of Health's mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and safety of all Hoosiers so that they can reach their optimal health regardless of where they live, learn, work, or play.

Salary Statement:

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $59,800.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.

Role Overview:

This position is for a Radiochemist or Health Physicist with analytical experience using Alpha or Gamma Spectrometry, Liquid Scintillation Counting and/or Gas-Proportional Counting for measuring radionuclides in environmental, food and/or clinical samples. The successful candidate will work in the IDOH Radiochemistry Laboratory as part of a team measuring radionuclides in various matrices for both routine surveillance and emergency response. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop new methods and participate in projects involving the EPA, FDA and CDC.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

As a Technical Expert:
  • Operate, maintain and train other staff on multiple highly sophisticated analytical instruments such as Gas Proportional Counters (GPC), Gamma Spectrometers, Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometers (ICP/MS), Liquid Scintillation Counters (LSC), Liquid Chromatograph - Tandem Mass Spectrometers (LCMSMS), Time of Flight Mass Spectrometers (LCTOF), or Gas Chromatograph-Tandem or Single Mass Spectrometers (GCMSMS, GCMS).
  • Implement new procedures to meet changing Federal or State laws or rules.
  • Identify new analytical needs in the agency or program and conducts research in both literature and the laboratory to develop analytical methods to address those needs.
  • Lead development projects with thorough documentation.
As a Quality Assurance Expert
  • Has extensive knowledge of appropriate state and federal laws, rules, regulations, guidelines, and policies relative to the practice of quality assurance with the ability to apply statistical principles to the evaluation of data for the Chemistry Laboratory to ensure the production of high-quality data with documented analytical integrity that meets rigorous accreditation or certification requirements.
  • Interpret federal guidelines and regulations (EPA, FDA, USDA) to develop internal guidance on program operation and development including any software or programming needs.
  • Act as liaison with federal or other agencies for laboratory audits.
  • Evaluate processes to meet changing Federal or State laws or rules.
  • Identify quality needs in the agency or program and develops long-term strategies to deal with these new needs.
The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirement to be considered for employment:
  • A Bachelor's degree in a natural or physical science (Chemistry preferred) plus at least five years of relevant experience as an analytical chemist. A Master's Degree in Science may substitute for one (1) year of experience. A PhD in Science may substitute for two (2) years of experience.
  • Broad knowledge of principles and practices of analytical, clinical, organic, inorganic and/or radiochemistry with specialized knowledge in related scientific areas such as statistics.
  • Broad knowledge of good laboratory practices (GLP) and good automated laboratory practices (GALP).
  • Ability to ensure the data produced contributes to the IDOH focus on data driven policy by ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of the data produced in the IDOH Chemistry Laboratories
  • Ability to keep abreast of new developments in the field and determine relevance to the IDOH scope of work.
  • Thorough knowledge of all federal policies, guidance, goals, and procedures of the relevant program area.
  • Ability to lead projects and generate organized, detailed, and compliant records.
  • Broad knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration laboratory safety practices and procedures.
  • Ability to determine critical project elements and establish and meet program objectives.
  • Technical Expert.
  • Expertise with a variety of complex analytical instrumentation and computer software, with the ability to troubleshoot those systems and train others.
  • Must be able to develop or modify methods for new analyses.
  • Ability to contribute to scientific knowledge through papers, presentations, posters or as a representative on national workgroups or committees.
  • Quality Assurance Expert.
  • In-depth understanding of EPA, CLIA, USDA, FDA and/or ISO/IEC 17025 quality assurance requirements and their application to the laboratory.
  • Thorough knowledge of agency programs and processes as related to the discipline of chemistry.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may be utilized in a supervisory capacity based on agency needs.
Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:
  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruit, select, develop, and promote employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].

The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.

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