Analytical Chemist
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
University of North Dakota

Hiring Department: Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classifications: $60,000+/Annual, Full-Time, Benefited, Exempt
Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, and annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.
Work Schedule: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Some travel required.

Position remains open until filled with review of applications beginning October 21, 2019.


Position Details: A Complete Position Description is available as an attachment in the bottom right corner of this position announcement.

At the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), we know our people are our greatest asset. Our team of over 200 is sought after worldwide to solve energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways. Since 1951, we’ve worked with over 1,300 clients in 53 countries. We recognize that quality, market-driven science and engineering technologies come from engaged, motivated employees. We encourage lifelong learning through our Employee Development Program and offer many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. In addition to competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package, the EERC provides opportunities for inventors of commercialized technologies to share in the profits. As the EERC is part of the University of North Dakota, employees are eligible for tuition waivers and reduced tuition for family members. Apply with us for a position that can turn into a lifelong passion and a work environment that’s more like a family.

We are looking for experienced, scientifically trained, and creative individuals to contribute to the success of the organization by performing one or more of the following functions:
Work in strong collaboration with EERC subject matter experts, principal investigators, and EERC leadership to conduct laboratory analyses, experiments, and interpret laboratory data to support research activities related to energy production from coal and oil, recovery of rare-earth elements (REEs) and other critical metals from domestic resources, and characterization of fluids related to oil production.
Work as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to ensure that laboratory work is successfully completed on time, on budget, and within client expectations.
Perform analytical research focused on chemical characterization of coal, oil, fly ash, water, rocks, and other natural and man-made materials.
Adhere to laboratory safety protocols and assist in regular review and updating of laboratory safety plans.
Work closely with senior staff, project managers, and laboratory staff to develop and expand the research-based efforts occurring in the laboratories.
Some travel is required.

Required Competencies:
Excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
Knowledge and willingness to learn about new analytical techniques.
Willingness to work with a research team to apply analytical data and chemistry principles, techniques, and procedures to help solve problems related to energy and environmental issues.
Ability to do independent research work and willingness to experiment and test new methods.
Adherence to and promotion of good safety practices in the workplace.
Excellent analytical skills with attention to detail for producing high-quality data.
Hands-on experience with analytical equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, and minor repairs/modifications.

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Minimum Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in analytical chemistry, geochemistry, chemical engineering, or closely related field with strong fundamental knowledge of analytical chemistry.
At least 3 years of laboratory experience that includes sample preparation, acid digestions, and instrumental analysis.
At least 3 years of energy- or environmental-related research experience.
Experience adhering to and implementing laboratory safety and quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) protocols.
Proficient with MS Excel.
Cover Letter and resume/CV.
Successful completion of criminal history background check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in analytical chemistry, geochemistry, chemical engineering, or closely related field.
Five or more years of laboratory experience, that includes sample preparation, digestion, and instrumental analysis.
Quantitative inorganic analytical chemistry with a focus on trace metal analysis and data interpretation.
Experience with Thermo iCAP Q ICP-MS, Perkin Elmer ICP-OES, and Dionex IC instrumentation and associated software.
Applied research experience on projects related to oil and gas development, enhanced oil recovery, carbon capture or storage, critical resource characterization and recovery, wastewater treatment, geologic materials characterization, or the environmental aspects of energy development
2 – 3 publications in scientific journals.

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Confidentiality of Application Materials
Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement
UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status on the form found at This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference
Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement
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