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Reference # : 17-04768 Title : Chemist
Location : Vancouver, WA
Position Type : Contract
Experience Level : 7 Years Start Date / End Date : 11/06/2017 / 11/10/2018  
Description
Note: See Additional Position Information documents for specialized position requirements. Chemist: General Position Overview: The contract worker in this position conducts qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories or test environments for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.
Education, Experience, Job Training:
? Education Requirements ? A bachelor's degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or a related technical field.
? Previous research or quality control chemistry experience is desired.
Typical Tasks may include but are not limited to:
? Analyze organic or inorganic compounds to determine chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography, spectroscopy, or spectrophotometry techniques.
? Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed.
? Develop, improve, or customize products, equipment, formulas, processes, or analytical methods.
? Conduct quality control tests.
? Coordinate or advise personnel in test procedures for analyzing components or physical properties of materials.
? Prepare test solutions, compounds, or reagents for laboratory personnel to conduct tests.
? Compile and analyze test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
? Confer with scientists or engineers to conduct analyses of research projects, interpret test results, or develop nonstandard tests.
? Write technical papers or reports or prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests.
? Induce changes in composition of substances by introducing heat, light, energy, or chemical catalysts for quantitative or qualitative analysis.
Typical Work Activities may include any of the following:
? Analyzing Data or Information ? Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
? Processing Information ? Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
? Documenting/Recording Information ? Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
? Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards ? Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
? Interacting With Computers ? Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
? Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information ? Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
? Making Decisions and Solving Problems ? Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
? Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material ? Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
? Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge ? Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to the job.
? Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events ? Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Knowledge ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? Chemistry ? Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
? Mathematics ? Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
? Computers and Electronics ? Knowledge of electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
? Production and Processing ? Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
? Customer and Personal Service ? Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
? Engineering and Technology ? Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skills ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? Science ? Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
? Reading Comprehension ? Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
? Active Listening ? Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
? Critical Thinking ? Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
? Complex Problem Solving ? Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
? Active Learning ? Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
? Mathematics ? Using mathematics to solve problems.
? Monitoring ? Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
? Writing ? Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? Oral/Wriitten Expression ? The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking/writing so others will understand.
? Oral/Written Comprehension ? The ability to read, listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences and in writing.
? Inductive Reasoning ? The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
? Problem Sensitivity ? The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
? Category Flexibility ? The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
? Deductive Reasoning ? The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
? Information Ordering ? The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
? Mathematical Reasoning ? The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Work Styles:
? Attention to Detail ? Requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
? Integrity ? Requires being honest and ethical.
? Analytical Thinking ? Requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
? Dependability ? Requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
? Initiative ? Requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
? Cooperation ? Requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
? Independence ? Requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
? Achievement/Effort ? Requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
? Stress Tolerance ? Requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
? Persistence ? Requires persistence in the face of obstacles.