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Screening Chemist

UC Davis
Davis, California
$28.04 – $31.56/Hour
Closing date
Apr 20, 2024

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Field of specialization
Green Chemistry
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

UC Davis

Screening Chemist

Budgeted Salary: Initial placement will be between $28.04 – $31.56/Hour, commensurate with educational background and relevant working experience.


We are looking for an Equine Screening Chemist to work alongside our world leading faculty and technicians, helping to safeguard the health of the horses in the horse racing industry with rapid and reliable detections for illegal drugs/dosage that affecting the health of the horses and protecting the integrity of the horse racing industry.


Under direction of the Lab Research Supervisor II, responsible for the performance of organic analyses for the determination of drugs and their metabolites in biological specimens using liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry and other analytical techniques. Responsible for care and maintenance of laboratory equipment and complex analytical instruments. Responsible for participating in the update and development of analytical procedures, quality control procedures, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).



Minimum Education/Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree in analytical chemistry or a related scientific discipline, and/or equivalent work experience related to performing techniques and procedures for analysis of biological samples as described in the Standard Operating Procedures in a laboratory environment.

• Experience in sample preparation techniques such as solid phase and liquid-liquid sample extraction, sample fortification and matrix matching and skills to prepare analytical reagents, solutions, controls and standards.

• Experience operating a wide range of manual and computer-controlled analytical equipment including Gas Chromatograph, Liquid Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometers, including maintenance and trouble-shooting of equipment to obtain maximum performance from instruments.

• Experience in the operation and maintenance of a wide range of laboratory equipment used in sample preparation including mircoliter pipettes, pH meter, sonicator, evaporator, centrifuge, analytical balance, automated SPE instruments, and analytical instruments.

• Experience performing mathematical calculations, and knowledge of statistical analysis.

• Experience with Quality Assurance Processes: Have a solid understanding of quality assurance principles, methodologies, and best practices. Familiar with quality control techniques, root cause analysis, and other quality improvement methods. Experience working in environments with defined processes and guidelines and should be able to adhere to them to ensure consistent and reliable results.


Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

• Strong organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks effectively, meet deadlines consistently, and maintain accurate records.



Preferred Education/Experience:   

• Experience working in a high volume, high throughput analytical laboratory, in a regulated industry with knowledge of QA/QC to continuously produce high quality data.

• Experience working with hazardous materials, following safety procedures, and applying good laboratory practices to be able to follow policies and procedures outlined by CAHFS, the EACL Laboratory, and the University.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

• Competency using various forms of chromatographic software such as ChemStation, Xcalibur, and/or Tracefinder software.

• Familiarity with literature sources of analytical procedures.



Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.


To view full job description and submit an on-line application, visit UC Davis Career Opportunities at:

Job ID#: 66615


The University of California, Davis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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