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Title:  Public Health Laboratory Scientist I, Chemistry

Application Deadline Date:  07/11/2022
Req ID:  30721
Department:  Health

Colchester, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $20.49


Vermont's Public Health Laboratory is hiring a full-time chemist to perform anions, physicals, and blood lead testing. Work is performed in a heavily regulated environment under NELAP and CLIA accreditation. Drinking water techniques include anions by ion chromatography, hardness, pH, alkalinity, total dissolved solids, and odor testing. Testing of lead in blood by furnace atomic absorption may also be required. The ideal candidate will be familiar with drinking water methods as well as TNI standards, and possess a strong background in chemistry.

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Laboratory Scientist I, Chemistry (Job Requisition #30721), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
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Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors

Must be able to work in laboratory conditions with exposure to noxious or harmful fumes and chemicals and operate sophisticated laboratory equipment. Must be willing to be called upon with short notice (sometimes only hours) to respond to a public health emergency or natural disaster affecting a large segment of the Vermont population and able to accurately analyze samples in such a short timeframe. May need to explain laboratory data and testing to the general public, explain what the VDHL can do and to educate them regarding public health science.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in chemistry, physical science or a closely related field, INCLUDING 18 credit hours in chemistry with laboratory coursework AND two (2) mathematics courses.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

Nearest Major Market: Burlington Vermont