The R&D Chemical Technologist will join the Environmental and Chromatography Analysis section which specializes in organic and inorganic chromatography techniques, as well as a suite of environmental characterizations and parameters. This includes, HPLC, IC, GC-MS/FID/ECD, colourimetry and various general wet chemistry techniques. The team's objective is to provide analysis support for CNL's Science & Technology (Safety & Security, Energy, Environment and Health), Waste Management and Decommissioning, Commercial, and Regulatory Compliance Programs. The main mandate/function of the incumbent's position is to provide analysis of samples, assist in the development/optimization of new methods, assist in the commissioning and maintenance of laboratories and instrumentation, complete data calculations and reporting, quality assurance and customer interactions. The Analytical Chemistry Branch provides a comprehensive range of sample analysis support for all programs at CNL. This includes a variety of elemental, mass spectrometry, chromatography, radiochemistry, and water analyses. There is considerable synergy between these groups and thus strong teamwork qualities is required of the incumbent.
The R&D Chemical Technologist will have responsibilities for performing the day-to-day analysis of samples, assisting in the development/optimization of new methods and assisting in the maintenance of labs and instrumentation. The duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Perform inorganic/organic analyses on samples of various matrices including but not limited to waters, ground waters, wastewaters, sediments, and soils using an array of analytical instrumentation and various sample preparation methodologies
Assist in the development and documentation of analytical methods in conjunction with professional staff
Assist professional staff in writing operating procedures and laboratory protocols and train junior/less experienced staff on methods used in the laboratory
Use common system operating platforms, data handling software and computers to process chemical analysis data using statistical analysis techniques to account for propagated uncertainties
Receive and handle radioactive samples from customers according to established laboratory procedures
Apply standard QA/QC procedures including maintaining appropriate quality records
Prepare routine progress and technical reports (including standard analysis reports)
Select and purchase lab supplies and maintain and troubleshoot a variety of instruments required for analyses
Graduate from a recognized institute of advanced technology, or equivalent formal education, in Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Technology or another field relevant to the position.
Practical laboratory experience (1-5 years) is an asset
Experience in the operation and maintenance of chromatography based analytical instruments (HPLC, IC, GC-MS/FID/ECD) is an asset.
Excellent working knowledge of inorganic analytical chemistry analysis techniques including sample handling, preparation, wet chemistry separation techniques, instrumentation, and data calculations.
Knowledge and understanding of statistical analyses of data and propagated uncertainties is desirable.
Practical experience in the development of analytical methods is required.
Experience in the application of standard QA/QC procedures, experience in an ISO 17025 accredited lab is highly desirable.
Strong organizational skills to effectively manage the variety of samples and analyses, with demonstrated attention to detail.
Strong interpersonal skills to work as part of a team, as well as ability to work independently to accomplish tasks with excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
CNL has an Employment Equity Program and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities