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Research Scientist 1

Minnesota Department of Health
Saint Paul, MN
Closing date
Apr 20, 2024

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Working Title: Research Scientist 1
Job Class: Research Scientist 1
Agency: Health Department
  • Who May Apply: Open to all bidders of MDH and all qualified job seekers simultaneously. Bidders will be accepted through 04/08/2024.
  • Date Posted: 04/02/2024
  • Closing Date: 04/16/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Health Department / Health-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Public Health Laboratory / Emerging Contaminants Unit
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $24.92 - $36.34 / hourly; $52,032 - $75,877 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible: No
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes
    Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

    The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

    Job Summary

    The Environmental Laboratory Section of the Minnesota Department of Health, Public Health Laboratory Division is seeking a Research Scientist 1 position for the Emerging Contaminants Unit. The Emerging Contaminants Unit is responsible for providing analytical testing for Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) in environmental matrices. This testing will support environmental research and investigations of non-regulated chemical contaminants. The primary analytical platforms will be liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS).

    The principal responsibilities of this position include:
    • The analytical analysis of environmental samples for the presence of PFAS
    • Testing for chemicals of emerging concern in water
    • Follow established standard operating procedures as well as assist in developing and writing new procedures as needed
      All positions within the MDH Public Health Lab will work to cultivate an inclusive work environment for all, with respect to diversity and equity.


      Minimum Qualifications

      To facilitate proper years of service crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.
      • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biological sciences or related field.
      • One (1) year experience operating and maintaining mass spectral chromatographic laboratory equipment (gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy or liquid chromatography/mass spectroscopy)

        Previous experience below is required to be considered a candidate and will be assessed during the interview process:
        • Experience conducing laboratory analyses in an analytical or research program in environmental chemistry, organic chemistry, forensic science, or clinical chemistry.
        • The ability to work independently.
        • The ability to pay strong attention to detail.
        • Technical skills in the preparation of samples, standards, and reagents.
        • The ability to work collaboratively with others.
        • Experience following quality control procedures and protocol to ensure accuracy of tests using documented procedures.
          Preferred Qualifications
          • Experience analyzing samples for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
          • Experience with high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) instrumentation, workflows, and data interpretation.
          • Experience with multiple analytical software programs (Agilent Mass Hunter; Sciex OS, MultiQuant, Analyst).
          • Technical skills in the preparation of environmental samples using liquid-liquid or solid phase extraction.
          • Analytical experience with complex matrices such as surface and wastewater.
          • Experience working in a regulated laboratory environment (USEPA or ISO 17025 accredited).
          • Experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems.
          • Ability to collaborate in writing the results of research projects.
          • Ability to prepare and make effective oral and written presentations.
            Additional Requirements

            This position requires successful completion of a background check.

            Application Details

            How to Apply

            Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

            If you have questions about the position, contact Elizabeth Huckins at or 651-201-5609 .

            To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Elizabeth Huckins at .

            About Health Department

            Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy.

            Why Work for Us

            Diverse Workforce

            We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

            A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
            • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
            • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
            • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
            • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule
              Comprehensive Benefits

              Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
              • Public pension plan
              • Training and professional development
              • Paid vacation and sick leave
              • 12 paid holidays each year
              • Paid parental leave
              • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
              • Prescription drug coverage
              • Vision coverage
              • Wellness programs and resources
              • Employer paid life insurance
              • Short-term and long-term disability
              • Health care spending and savings accounts
              • Dependent care spending account
              • Tax-deferred compensation
              • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
              • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
                Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


                Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

                We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

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