Chemist I
SGS North America Inc.

Brookings, South Dakota

Posted in Consultancy

Job Info

Company Description

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than94,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

Job Description

Responsible for the analysis of laboratory tests to determine chemical characteristics of agricultural input or product.

Directly reports to the GLP & Residue Chemistry Manager

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Assist with method development projects on new/proprietary and known active ingredients.
• Able to perform sample processing on a wide range of soil types and crops. This would require the use of grinding and blending equipment, as well as their cleaning, maintenance and documentation.
• Weighing out samples for analysis, utilizing all appropriate facility logs and records throughout the sample preparation process.
• Able to perform analytical method extractions for a variety of different fungicides, herbicides and insecticides. This includes, but not limited to, simple solvent extractions, liquid-liquid partitions, solid phase extraction, QuEChERS-based extractions and derivatization.
• Assist the GLP Manager, as well as Senior and other GLP Chemists, in developing, validating and implementing wet chemistry and instrumental methods of analysis for GLP procedures.
• Possess the ability to effectively problem solve, especially with regards to analytical chemistry techniques.
• Calibrate laboratory instruments to specified technical requirements.
• Perform extractions using standard industry methods along with methods developed in house.
• Perform data analysis and evaluate calibration, quality control, and sample results.
• Record and report test results utilizing prescribed data reporting methodology.
• Prepare chemical solutions according to standard formulas.
• Ensure laboratory area and equipment is cleaned and organized.
• Ensure quality and confidentiality of client and company information and take an active role in updating Quality System.
• Maintain quality protocols for testing area and implement preventative practices.
• Assist in other areas of the company as needed.
• Promote responsibility, good work habits, a positive work environment and improve customer service.

  • At all times, comply with SGS Code of Integrity and Professional Conduct.

• Supervises others: No
• Has hiring and terminating responsibilities: No


• B.S. or higher in Chemistry preferred, but other disciplines (e.g., Biology or physical sciences) will be considered.
• Must be GLP trained or become trained immediately upon hiring.
• Analytical laboratory experience is required.
• Experience with instrumentation, such as HPLC-MS/MS and/or GC-MS/MS, is required.
• Experience with chromatography software and able to evaluate the quality of chromatographic integration, calibration, and results for complex, multi-analytic methods.
• Knowledgeable in data reporting, technical requirements and appropriate regulatory guidelines.
• Language Skills: English
• Mathematical Skills: Advanced/Highest level of knowledge required
• Reasoning Skills/Abilities: Advanced level required
• Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Ability to gather and review resources and select and synthesize data for reports and other written materials.
• Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
• Excellent analytical skills with the ability to make sound suggestions or recommendations.
• Excellent time management and organizational skills needed to balance multiple projects and changing priorities.
• Ability to display a strong sense of urgency and good judgment.
• No travel required.
• This job operates in a professional laboratory environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers and phones, but also laboratory equipment, including balances, shakers, extractors, hoods, chromatographs, mass spectrometers, etc.

Physical/Sensory Demands Frequency Requirements:
• Stand - Occasionally/Frequently
• Move or traverse - Occasionally/Frequently
• Sit - Occasionally/Frequently
• Use hands - Frequently/Constantly
• Reach with hands and arms - Frequently/Constantly
• Climb or balance - None
• Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl - None
• Talk/hear - Frequently/Constantly
• Taste/Smell - None
• Lift/carry/push or pull - Occasionally

Vision Requirement:
• No special vision requirements
• Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches/50 centimeters or less)
• Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet/6 meters or more)
• Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)
• Depth perception (three-dimension vision, ability to judge distance and three-dimensional relationships)
• Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)
• Ability to see color

Auditory Requirements:
• No special auditory requirements

Safety Critical: Has a high exposure to a catastrophic operational incident; has a direct role in operations where failure could result in serious harm to public or employee well-being, Group assets, or the environment; and has no direct or very limited supervision available to provide operational checks.

Location of the Job: Brookings, South Dakota, United States of America

• Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Noise level:
• Moderate noise (examples: laboratory with other scientists and equipment)

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