Research Scientist 1

Minnesota Department of Health
April 28, 2021
St. Paul, MN
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Job Details

Job Class: Research Scientist 1

Working Title: Research Scientist 1
Who May Apply: This vacancy is open for bids and for all qualified job seekers simultaneously.
Date Posted: 04/28/2021
Closing Date: 05/04/2021
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Division/Unit: Public Health Laboratory / Biomonitoring & Emerging Contaminants Unit
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift / 8:00am - 4:30pm
Days of Work: Monday - Friday
Travel Required: Never or Rarely
Salary Range: $22.48 - $32.79/hourly - $46,938 - $68,466/annually
Classified Status: Classified
Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Association of Professional Employees (MAPE)
FLSA Status: Nonexempt
Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary
Job Summary
This position will provide analytical support to the Biomonitoring and Emerging Contaminants (BEC) Unit of the Public Health Laboratory with The Minnesota Department of Health.
The principal responsibility for this position is the analysis of human clinical specimens to support the Chemical Laboratory Response Network and biomonitoring projects. The chemical analysis platform will primarily be Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and Liquid Chromatography - Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). This position will also follow established standard operating procedures as well as develop and write new procedures as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
Two years of experience conducting laboratory analyses in an analytical or research program in Environmental Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, or Clinical Chemistry.
A Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biological sciences or related field may be substituted for 1 year of experience. A Master's degree may be substituted for 18 months of experience.
A minimum of 8 semester/12 quarter college credits of Chemistry and a minimum of 8 semester/12 quarter college credits of Organic Chemistry and/or Biochemistry is required. Applicants must provide evidence of successful course completion prior to employment.
Preferred Qualifications
Advanced degree in chemistry or a related field.
Knowledge of organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and statistics. Additional knowledge of clinical chemistry, toxicology, and environmental health is also preferred.
Significant bench experience with the following analytical chemistry platforms: Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) and Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).
Experience with preparation of clinical specimens, environmental samples, and reagents.
Experience with multiple analytical software programs (Agilent Mass Hunter, Sciex Multiquant/Analyst). Analytical experience with clinical matrices (blood and urine), quality assurance programs and Laboratory Information Management systems.
Communication skills sufficient to clearly and effectively organize and synthesize material from diverse sources.
Ability to prepare and make effective oral and written presentations.
Ability to write and collaborate in writing the results of research projects.
Ability to work independently and manage time, workload, and priorities without day-to-day supervision of activities.
Additional Requirements
This position requires successful completion of a background check.

Application Details
Why Work For Us
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. Our collaborative, mission-driven work environment is a major factor in promoting a high level of employee health awareness, employee longevity and job satisfaction.
We offer a competitive benefits package including employee and family health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, health promotion programs, pre-tax benefits, vacation leave, sick leave, paid holidays, deferred compensation, retirement benefits, and more!
How to Apply
Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.
For additional information about the application process, go to
If you have questions about the position, contact Lenny Thao at or 651/201-4130.
If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate and the Job posting ID#/number to Lenny Thao at by the position close date.
If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Health ADA Coordinator at
The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. 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 Please indicate what assistance you need.

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