Environmental Analytical Chemist

Berkeley, CA

Public Health Institute (PHI) seeks a fulltime Research Associate IV to work with The Environmental Chemistry Laboratory at the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The incumbent will work with the programs and outside stake holders to conduct research and analysis of toxic and persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and non-targeted chemicals in humans and wildlife, products, dust and the environment. The position will develop and validate complex analytical methods using scientific theories and principles to identify and measure unknown or regulated chemicals of potentially emerging concerns/interests to the programs and stake holders, identify exposure pathways, and protect public health and the environment.

This position is based in Berkeley, California.

Pay: $65,086 to $79,722 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is $65,086 to $79,722 based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.

Employment Type: Full Time

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Method development, optimization, and validation for target and non-targeted chemicals of emerging concern in biota and environmental samples.
  • Prepare samples and apply complex analytical methods to determine trace levels of environmental contaminants using GC and/or LC-QTOF/MS, and other mass spectrometers including GC and/or LC-MS/MS.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot the instrument.
  • Ensure that laboratory procedures are adhered to QA/QC and other procedures in compliance with ISO17025.
  • Prepare final report, interpret data and results, present at workshop and national/international scientific conference, and write publications to peer review journals.
  • Requires good communication skills in both writing and oral.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of related research experience including:
  1. Hands on experience in trace organic analysis (preferably biota samples), solvent extraction and column chromatography procedures, and familiarity with data analysis using spreadsheets, statistical software or databases (e.g., Excel, MiniTab, STATA).
  2. Experience in sample preparation, instrument analysis or related field.
  3. Experience using knowledge in organic chemistry and mass spectrometry.
  • Hepatitis B vaccination required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in science or quantitative field, or you can substitute with four additional years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience on exposomics and metabolomics using high resolution MS including GC-HRMS, GC and/or LC-QTOF/MS.
  • Being able to work both efficiently and collaboratively in a dynamic environment, and publication records.
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or related field.


This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.



Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.

New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.

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