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Research Associate- Analytical Chemist

Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY

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Job Title: Research Associate- Analytical Chemist

FLSA Status: Exempt

Department: ISE/CAARES

Title of Manager/Supervisor: Lab Director

Number of Employees Reporting to this Position: 0

Range: $50,000- $60,000

Position Summary: CAARES is seeking a qualified individual to serve as an Analytical Chemist for the analysis of environmental chemical contaminants. The individual must have knowledge and experience with sample preparation (extraction/cleanup) as well as analytical instrumentation techniques including non-targeted analysis work flows.

General Purpose: Supporting the CAARES mission of providing analytical support to the Clarkson community.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Extraction and cleanup of environmental and biological samples using techniques such as accelerated solvent extraction and solid-phase extraction.
  • Quantitative analysis of sample extracts using both gas and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry systems.
  • Review and qualify data based on established quality control criteria.
  • Developing analytical methods as needed for monitoring and surveillance of environmental contaminants using chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques.
  • Establishing and using data analysis work flows for non-targeted analysis.
  • Publishing results in peer reviewed journals

Health & Safety: All staff has a statutory responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves, others and the environment and to prevent harm by their acts or omissions. All staff is therefore required to adhere to the University’s Health, Safety, and Environmental Policy & Procedures.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, and qualifications required of personnel so classified

Essential Skills:

  • Ability to trouble-shoot a wide variety of analytical equipment.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, and to work with shifting priorities and schedules.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced with sample preparation techniques.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced with chromatography and mass spectroscopy analytical techniques including non-targeted analyses.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer reviewed journals

Minimal Qualifications: PhD in Chemistry, Environmental Sciences or related field

Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with GCxGC instrumentation and data analysis

Physical Demands:
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Special Instructions to Applicants: An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities.

All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records).


Working at Clarkson University

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation.   We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,300 students across 95+ rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Clarkson alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2.5% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth.  One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company. 

Clarkson welcomes scholars and students from all over the world.

Our community and campus settings enhance the quality of student life and afford students access to and interaction with their faculty. We value the diversity of our University community; and we strive to attune ourselves and our programs to our global, pluralistic society. We share the belief that humane and environmentally sound economic and social development derive from the expansion, diffusion and application of knowledge.

Through our Office of Human Resources, we focus on the recruitment, onboarding, training and professional development of our employee community across multiple campuses and learning environments. The goal is a campus community where all are welcomed and valued members who contribute to the development of global citizenship by promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.


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We develop innovative programs and research portfolios in partnership with business and industry to explore, create and achieve better futures. We invest in people, ideas and our campus’ living. We give our time, resources and goodwill to drive the future.

We are all Golden Knights who commit to living the Clarkson Values and sharing our success as a model of these ideals. Through the legacy of our personal accomplishments and generosity, we ensure the next generation has the same opportunities to create a better world for themselves and society.

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