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Title:  VAEL Scientist IV - Chemistry

Application Deadline Date:  10/05/2022
Req ID:  39435
Department:  Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency

Randolph Center, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $28.02


The Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory (VAEL) has a rewarding and engaging opportunity for a Chemist at the state's modern laboratory facility, located in Randolph Center, VT. This position will work primarily in the Organic Chemistry section, performing chemical analysis of regulatory, enforcement, and surveillance PFAS samples (Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances).  This position will have the unique responsibility of developing an effective PFAS analysis program, including the use of a new tandem quadrupole mass spectrometer (MS). 


This position is for a process chemist in a lab that provides analytical support to a range of field monitoring and enforcement programs. Although this position does provide opportunities to work in method development, it is not a research position.


This is an advanced level chemist position, requiring laboratory experience with PFAS and a familiarity of the principles, operation, and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation including liquid chromatography (LC) and MS. 


The ideal candidate will have experience working as a contributing member of a motivated team of scientists, program administrators, field staff and data analysts. The VAEL lab, a division within the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, has a dynamic, team-oriented work environment. A strong work ethic and attention to detail are expected of VAEL staff. 

Who May Apply

This position, VAEL Scientist IV - Chemistry (Job Requisition #39435), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Glenn Evans at
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Much work is performed in a biosafety cabinet or under sterile conditions.

Work requires personal protective equipment.

Work involves exposure to toxic and corrosive chemicals, and radioactive materials.

Possibility of exposure to infectious diseases

Pressure involved in testing a high volume of samples and providing accurate results within time constraints.

Manual dexterity and good vision are required for certain examinations and in order to use instrumentation and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in chemistry or closely related field AND three (3) or more years of professional experience in an environmental, agricultural or related laboratory setting.


Master's degree in chemistry or a closely-related field AND four (4) or more years of professional experience as a chemist in an environmental, agricultural or related laboratory setting.


Bachelor's degree in chemistry or a closely related field, including 18 credit hours of chemistry-related coursework AND six (6) years or more of professional experience as a chemist in an environmental, agricultural or related laboratory setting.


Two (2) years as a VAEL Scientist III; Chemistry.

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.

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