Doctoral Level Scientist

United States, North America / New York, Lincoln / New York, 35701-000 / New York, 35701-021 / New York, 35701-022 / New York, 35701-023 / New York, 35701-020 / New York, United States
Jul 18, 2017
Sep 16, 2017
Patricia A. Carola
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time


Organic Analytical Toxicology – Chemical Preparedness Laboratory

Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health

Albany, New York

Health Research, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, seeks a doctoral level scientist to direct the Wadsworth Center’s Organic Analytical Toxicology Laboratory, which is part of the CDC-funded Level 1, Laboratory Response Network – Chemical Preparedness (LRN-C) program.  This person will provide technical direction and scientific leadership to ensure the Organic Analytical Toxicology Chemical Preparedness team is well prepared to analyze clinical specimens using modern instrumentation based on gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid chromatograph tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) within 24 hours of notification of a suspected or actual chemical incident, reviews and approves analytical data prior to reporting. The Organic Analytical Toxicology Laboratory is located within the Wadsworth Center’s Biggs Laboratory, a modern, well‑equipped facility. Wadsworth is a unique biomedical and environmental institution: a state public health laboratory; a reference laboratory; and an educational institution partnering with the University at Albany’s School of Public Health.  Suitable qualified candidates may be eligible for a joint academic appointment within the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University at Albany (see for more details). The Organic Analytical Toxicology Laboratory is located within the Wadsworth Center’s Laboratory of Organic Analytical Chemistry, which is part of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences (see   Basic and applied research laboratories in many disciplines define an outstanding scientific environment, while centralized core facilities in biochemistry, immunology, molecular genetics, and computational biology provide state‑of‑the‑art instrumentation and support services.  Doctoral and post‑doctoral training programs within the Wadsworth Center provide mentoring opportunities for faculty.  Additional information about Health Research, Inc. can be found at

Position available: Research Scientist/Program Director Organic Analytical Toxicology Prepardness Laboratory

Serves as a key contact for the Organic Analytical Toxicology (Chemical Preparedness) Laboratory in support of required grant activities for the Cooperative Agreement for Public Health Emergency Preparedness (CDC PHEP). Provides technical direction to ensure the Chemical Preparedness team is prepared to analyze clinical specimens using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and/or liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) within 24 hours of notification of a suspected or actual chemical incident. Leads training in Laboratory Response Network (LRN) protocols for chemical preparedness testing utilizing the GC-MS, and LC-MS/MS technology. Maintains quality control and preventive maintenance documentation for the LRN analysis methods. Selects, adapts, and implements new LRN methods and procedures as they become available ensuring adherence to the protocols. Cross trains in other LRN test procedures and serves as a surge capacity analyst for all team procedures. Leads the preparation and maintenance of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all analyses. Assists with training for Level 3 laboratories in chemical preparedness specimen collection, packaging, and shipping protocols. Interacts with the Biological LRN laboratories ensuring response capacity to a chemical preparedness event. Performs activities supporting grant deliverables. Performs all with considerable independence and extensive latitude for using initiative and independent judgment.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and five years of research experience in the appropriate field; or a Master’s Degree and four years of such experience; or a doctorate in the appropriate field and two years of such experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. and a minimum of two years of hands-on laboratory experience in organic analytical mass spectrometry (e.g. LC-MS/MS). Strong communication/writing skills, publication record, and prior experience supervising a laboratory testing human specimens or environmental samples for trace organic compounds are highly desirable.


Responsibilities include overall direction and supervision of the program, performing a variety of trace mass spectral analysis of human specimens for a broad range of volatile and semi‑volatile organic chemicals and metabolites, and their adducts with DNA and protein. Participation in collaborative research projects requiring methodological innovation is expected.  Self‑initiated, externally‑funded research is encouraged.


Salary Min:  $88,169/yr.


To apply, please visit HRI’s web site (preferred method): or mail resume to: Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway – Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204-2719.  Please include a return address and reference code # 2017-3648 on the envelope. 

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Qualified Individuals with Disabilities/Qualified Protected Veterans.

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