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Chemist 3

Date Posted:  May 14, 2022
Requisition ID:  290967

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About Indiana Department of Transportation:
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) provides a dynamic workplace that serves Indiana citizens, improves our state’s quality of life, and enhances its economic opportunity. INDOT has a number of innovative programs and projects, including Public-Private Partnerships, Green Initiatives, and cutting-edge uses of materials and assets. As part of the State of Indiana, INDOT offers a competitive total compensation package, as well as outstanding work/life balance. Whether you are an established professional in the transportation field or just starting your career, INDOT has exciting and challenging opportunities for you.

The salary for this position is commensurate based upon education and/or work experience.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

About the Job:

 As a Chemist 3, you will serve as a working level chemist performing analytical laboratory work in the chemical analysis and physical examination of materials in determination of suitability of highway construction materials.  Testing includes qualitative and quantitative analysis of organic and inorganic compounds to determine chemical and physical compositions and properties, utilizing techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, and spectrophotometry along with wet analytical methods.  The Chemist calibrates and performs various repairs on laboratory equipment and test instruments.  You will assist in the proper handling, collection, and disposal of laboratory hazardous waste materials as required by the the Indiana department of Environmental Management and observes all safety measures in accordance with OSHA standards.. Reports to the Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor at the Division of Materials and Test.

A Day in the Life:

  • Carries out the chemical analysis of paints, cement, steel, culvert pipe, salts, fence and guardrails, and other miscellaneous materials
  • Carries out the more complex qualitative and quantitative analyses of organic and inorganic compounds to determine chemical and physical compositions and properties, utilizing techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, and spectrophotometry along with wet analytical methods;
  • Assists in establishing, developing, and improving procedures for quality control tests and analyses within the chemistry laboratory;
  • Assists in developing testing specifications for highway materials;
  • Calibrates and performs various repairs on laboratory equipment and test instruments;
  • Assists in conducting research work and develops methods and tests to determine the chemical composition and related properties of unknown chemical and highway construction materials;
  • Prepares, reviews, and checks all calculations, analytical reports, and other test data used to determine whether materials tested in the chemistry laboratory comply with INDOT Standard Specifications;
  • Analyzes and compares paint, epoxy and other approval samples;
  • Keeps abreast of changes and new developments in the laboratory equipment field through contacts with suppliers, professional personnel, and technical organizations to ensure that it conforms to requirements of INDOT prior to procuring these equipment;
  • Assists with maintenance of Site Manager database and transition to new software packages;
  • Develops tools to analyze operations of Chemistry Laboratory, and assists in analyzing that data; 
  • Prepares routine requisitions and laboratory reports and maintains necessary records;
  • Assists in conducting new technique and methodology studies;
  • Performs related work as assigned.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor’s degree in  Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Biochemistry
  • Knowledge of chemical laboratory testing procedures and equipment of organic and inorganic chemistry;
  • Some knowledge of INDOT specifications, state rules and regulations, and other referenced specifications and test procedures;
  • Ability to evaluate new and existing procedures and make critical comparisons of methods, and test results;
  • Ability to research and develop new analytical techniques;
  • Ability to prepare and analyze written reports, record data, and interpret results;
  • Knowledge of the chemical composition and properties of a variety of materials;
  • Ability to examine, evaluate, and apply considerable judgment to test data derived from within the chemistry laboratory and various outside producers and manufacturers;
  • Ability to keep abreast of new technical developments in the laboratory equipment field through contacts with suppliers, professional organizations and technical societies;
  • Thorough knowledge of the chemical standards and specifications;
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, orally and in writing;
  • Ability to present scientific information clearly and in an understandable manner;
  • Working knowledge of laboratory safety standards and procedures as required by OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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