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Chemist (212967)

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Topeka (Full-Time)

Posted: May 21, 2024


Job Description:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a Chemist opening in Topeka. The Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories is seeking a talented chemist to join the Inorganic Unit. This unit tests a variety of analytes in water, soil and other matrices for environmental pollutants using EPA methods. Primary duties involve testing metals, nutrients using ICPMS, ICPOES, Discrete analyzer, Ion Chromatography.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

Primarily performs analysis within the Environmental Chemistry Unit. Some of these analyses include ammonia, phosphate, TKN and other analyses using automated colorimetric flow chemistry analyzer. This will entail reagent and standard preparation, calibration, and instrument maintenance. Perform determinations using approved KHEL methodology in accordance with EPA methods using appropriate and approved quality control procedures. Additional analysis may be performed within the unit which would require method development.

Performs instrumental analysis using Ion chromatography to determine various anions in aqueous samples, following the requirements of KHEL Method CM 311. Operates the instruments to accurately determine concentration of contaminants and obtain optimum performance from the instruments with considerable skill and careful techniques. Responsible for compliance data review and reporting of regulated analytes. Follow specific instrumental checks, appropriate to KHEL Methods CM 311, to assure that the instrument is performing properly before analyzing any samples. Prepares and analyzes standard reference materials used for confirmation, identification, and quantization of inorganic anions. Reviews the chromatograms and data for accuracy identifying any out-of-control data. Other instrumental analysis may be required that may include mercury, alkalinity pH or Automated colorimetric.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in a Natural Science field with a minimum of 25 hours chemistry and six months of experience in chemistry. Experience in the natural science field may be substituted for the required education as determined relevant by the agency.

Licensing & Certification:

  • Valid Driver’s License – Incumbent is required to have and maintain a valid driver’s license when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.

Preferred Qualifications

Any additional skills, experiences, or qualifications that would be beneficial, but aren’t strictly necessary.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.
  • Skilled in using analytical instrumentation such as Ion Chromatography, ICP-MS, CVAA, Colorimetry.
  • Familiarity with Quality Assurance/Control principals.
  • Experience in environmental chemistry.
  • Experience with laboratory procedures; preparing reagents, calibrations, reporting data.
  • Proofreading, editing, attention to detail.
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.

About the Position:

  • Who can apply: Anyone (External)
  • Classified/Unclassified Service: Unclassified
  • Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Flexible schedules available)
  • Eligible to Receive Benefits: Yes
  • Veterans’ Preference Eligible: Yes

Employment Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave.
  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

How to Apply:

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Contact Information

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Salary Range

$ 25.05 to 26.29