Chemist – Chemistry and Toxicology

Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

Basic Requirements (Transcript Required and clear details of duties performed required): Education: Requires a Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics. OR Combination of education and experience — course work equivalent to a major as shown above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education. AND Specialized Experience: Requires one year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes leading staff in the principles and practices of clinical chemistry, special chemistry toxicology, to test and measure drugs of abuse and metabolites in humans (e.g., urine, blood, other body fluids) performing high pressure liquid and gas chromatography, time of flight and triple quadruple mass spectrometry; conducting training, course planning, and development for pathology residents/students/laboratory staff; developing data, analyzing, and advising/recommending process improvements of work methods/procedures; and evaluating new instrumentation developed for scientific capabilities for clinical/addiction treatment programs, preparing written contract, cost analysis, and recommendation of new instrumentation. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Analytical Reasoning Compliance Employee Development IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at
Employee will serve as a Chemist as a Chemistry and Toxicology expert within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the Veterans Healthcare System in Cincinnati, OH.