Staff Chemist I

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Job Description

Work includes (but is not limited to) chemical and physical analyses, participation in field sampling which may include travel; operations from trucks or boats, occasional evening/night shifts, and driving laboratory vehicles both with and without boat trailers.  In additional to analyses, other activities are carried out according the Quality Plan dictates and objectives; including calibration and maintenance of scientific equipment; preparations for field trips; sample analyses, and data quality assessments.  Proficiency is expected for work on personal computers, (Word and Excel software), and, after initial training, on water quality instrumentation, navigation and safety equipment, balances, pH meters, and spectrophotometers, and the like.  In general, Staff Chemists will develop skills in particular laboratory analyses and activities and accept assignment to specific projects.   Emergency CPR, First Aid, and Coast Guard small vessel safety courses are available through the laboratory and a Staff Chemist will be expected to obtain these certifications within a finite period.


A bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in chemistry from an accredited university. In lieu of a chemistry degree, course work in other natural science areas or employment in a related field will be considered. Alternatively, a high school degree with at least five years experience in a chemical or analytical laboratory setting will be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
This is a 7 month position, with full benefits, with a possibility of extension.  Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume or CV, 3) unofficial transcript, and 4) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm May 15, 2017 to  Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.  Incomplete packages will not be reviewed.
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