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Chemist II (LCHRMS - ERB)

Atlanta, Georgia
Based upon experience
Closing date
Dec 3, 2021

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Battelle delivers when others can’t. We conduct research and development, manage national laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients—whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.


ISS is seeking a Chemist to work in the Emergency Response Branch at the CDC. The Emergency Response Branch (ERB) develops and performs unique laboratory tests to assess chemical exposures during a public health emergency or terrorist event. In a public health emergency, the rapid detection and accurate identification of causative chemical agents can be crucial for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. ERB measures multiple biomarkers in clinical samples using a variety of analytical techniques. The selected applicant will serve as a team member in the Toxins and Drugs of Abuse Laboratory within ERB providing needed analytical testing, method development, data reporting, and data management skills. The selected applicant will have to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret Security Clearance. Relocation support is not available for this position.


  • Develop and validate LC-HRMS methods for detection of drugs and toxins in clinical specimens, synthetic products, and in vitro metabolite studies.
  • Create high quality mass spectra for library development and use in analytical methods.
  • Draft technical communication documents including but not limited to protocols, logbooks, meeting minutes, project updates, presentations, and CLIA documents.
  • Generate and analyze data, prepare written reports of findings, and maintain a laboratory notebook.
  • Participate in scheduled meetings and provide updates to ensure project progression.
  • Operation and maintain essential scientific instrumentation associated with HPLC, liquid handler automation, mass spectrometers and other instrumentation with logs detailing the performance and functioning of laboratory instruments; current systems include Agilent, Sciex, and Thermo.
  • Obtain training and provide assistance with projects in other areas that meet the need of the group but remain in the scope of the assignment.
  • Provide branch support for procurement, inventory, sample storage, laboratory automation and exercise/event logistics.
  • Comply with universal precautions for handling of biological samples and biological waste


  • M.S. or Ph.D. level chemist with 0-2 years relevant experience in analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, or related scientific fields
  • A strong understanding of and experience with high resolution mass spectrometry, chromatography, and sample preparation of clinical or complex samples.
  • Highly organized, possessing strong communication skills, able to keep detailed records and work collegially with others
  • Basic knowledge of laboratory safety
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Must be able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance at the Secret level
  • Must be a US Citizen.


  • Experience with clinical samples is preferred (human blood, plasma and urine).
  • Skills with data export and evaluation within LIMS systems is a plus


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

As a condition of employment, Battelle will inquire about COVID vaccination status, and in the event that vaccinations are mandated at a work location (including client site and Battelle sites) we expect all candidates to comply with these required safety protocols.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.


Battelle Toxicology Northwest is a multidisciplinary contract research organization of over 80 employees located in Richland, Washington with more than 20 years experience in conducting inhalation toxicology studies for the government and private industry. With our sister laboratories at corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ohio and at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, our combined research capabilities provide a scientific network that spans the range from the fundamental science of proteomics and metabonomics to the development of new aerosol generation and exposure technologies. Our strengths in the inhalation sciences include the ability to design and conduct scientifically and technologically challenging, multidisciplinary research on the health effects of inhaled substances (i.e., aerosols, vapors, and particulates including nanoparticles).
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