CHEM LAB ANALYST

Recruiter
Location
Wilmington, North Carolina
Salary
Competitive
Posted
17 Nov 2016
Closes
01 Dec 2016
Ref
2781810
Sector
Oil and Gas
Category
Quality
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
The Chem Lab Analyst will be responsible for carrying out testing & analytical functions including reagent preparation, sample analyses, instrument calibration & troubleshooting, result calculations, data management, & operation of instrumentation. These activities are performed within a laboratory that operates in support of a nuclear fuel production facility. This position involves the analysis of uranium and other materials used in fuel production.

Essential Responsibilities

This position involves working an 8-hour rotating shift as part of a 4-person team providing continuous laboratory coverage. This schedule will require some weekend and night work.

As the Chem Lab Analyst, you will:
  • The Lab Analyst must certify for each assigned job function and will be responsible for routinely performing analyses in any or all the specific areas identified below:
    • Mass Spectrometric Analyses - Determine the isotopic contents of nuclear materials, and the elements in various materials and samples using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS)
    • Wet Chemistry Analyses - Determine the chemical composition and impurities in nuclear materials and other samples using Wet Chemistry methods (titrimetric, gravimetric, colorimetric, chromatographic, etc.)
    • Spectrometric Analyses - Determine the concentrations of elements in nuclear materials, process control samples, and environmental samples using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICPOES)
    • Environmental Analyses - Perform a variety of analyses to assure compliance with regulatory standards regarding employee safety and environmental protection
    • Metallography/Ceramography - Perform precision grinding, polishing, etching and staining techniques to produce test sample surface finishes representative of the microstructures of materials and evaluate these surfaces using microscopy and digital image analysis
    • Corrosion Testing - Perform aqueous and super-heated steam corrosion evaluations on metallic parts
  • The Lab Analyst must be able to perform routine laboratory duties within radioactive material controlled areas and pass a Nuclear Safety Training Test
  • The Lab Analyst must be able to work with acids, bases, solvents, radioactive materials, and other hazardous materials using appropriate personal protective equipment and must demonstrate a clear understanding of Industrial Safety and Nuclear Safety guidelines and safe practices
  • The Lab Analyst must be able to use precision laboratory techniques such as pipetting, titrating, analytical weighings, making quantitative transfers, and preparing volumetric dilutions
  • The Lab Analyst must be able to operate the laboratory information management system (LIMS) and the instrument control computers that are routinely used for collection, analysis, storage, and retrieval of data
  • The Lab Analyst must be able to monitor lab equipment performance and respond to out-of-control / alarm conditions, carry out preventative maintenance activities, recognize equipment malfunctions, and accomplish simple repairs or corrections on a continuing basis
  • The Lab Analyst must be able to perform mathematical unit conversions, interpret and understand complex instruction manuals, engineering drawings and schematics, and interactive software programs
  • The Lab Analyst must be able to prepare reagents and working standards using appropriate laboratory techniques and knowledge of proper reference material storage requirements
  • The Lab Analyst must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills as frequent interaction with customers is an essential part of the job


Qualifications/Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or a physical science from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 18 months of work experience in a commercial and/or military laboratory environment is required
  • Minimum of one (1) year of demonstrated experience with knowledge in at least one (1) of the following specific areas:
    • Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometry
    • Ion chromatography
    • Liquid or gas chromatography
    • Metallography and/or ceramography
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Ability and willingness to work a variety of shift arrangements with appropriate overtime as needed to provide continuous lab coverage
  • Ability and willingness to intermittently lift and carry up to 45 lbs. individually
  • Ability to pass the applicable quality control vision (Ishihara) test requirements




Additional Eligibility Qualifications

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Desired Characteristics

  • Demonstrated experience with strong knowledge of standard analytical laboratory methodology (titrimetry, gravimetry, spectrophotometry, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical information both verbally and in writing to other employees
  • Previous experience in the nuclear industry and/or working with uranium
  • Previous experience in using a computer based Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Previous experience in electronic data transfer and/or digital image analysis
  • Previous experience in production support laboratories


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