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Date Posted:  Apr 25, 2022
Requisition ID:  347504

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46202

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. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana Department of Health:
The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and safety of all Hoosiers.  Our vision is that every Hoosier reaches optimal health regardless of where they live, learn, work, or play.  


Salary Information:

This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $35,620.00 but may be commensurate with job experience.

About The Job:

The Chemist serves as a junior level chemist in the Chemistry Laboratory of the ISDH Environmental Chemistry Laboratories.  You will perform chemical analyses on various environmental, clinical or food matrices and other materials submitted with minimum supervision.  You will assist the supervisor by performing tasks as assigned and reports directly to the laboratory supervisor.

A Day In The Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Performs chemical and physical analysis on various clinical, environmental or other submitted materials to determine presence and/or level of contaminants or toxic substances using a variety of instruments using management approved procedures.
  • Performs chemical and physical analysis on various food matrices or other submitted materials using sophisticated instrumentation and management approved procedures for compliance with FDA and USDA regulations and adherence to legal standards of identity.
  • Performs highly complex chemical analysis on clinical matrices such as blood or urine to determine the level of contaminants or toxic substances using sophisticated instrumentation in compliance with CLIA requirements.
  • Adheres to Quality Assurance guidelines.
  • Maintains proficiency and technical expertise by passing Proficiency Testing (PT) samples.
  • Maintains assigned instrumentation in working order; performs preventative maintenance and repair on laboratory equipment.
  • Completes all required paperwork; maintains instrument logbook, prepares technical reports and updates standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Acts as Receiving Agent for the ISDH Chemistry Laboratories if assigned this duty.
  • Maintains a safe and uncluttered work area.
  • Trains and cross trains on other analytical procedures within the laboratory.
  • Meets Testing Personnel Responsibilities according to the § 493.1495 Standard within 2 years of hire date.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.



What You'll Need For Success:

  • Bachelor's degree in science is preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others both within and outside of the laboratory.
  • Broad knowledge of good laboratory practices (GLP) and good automated laboratory practices (GALP).
  • Ability to use computers to operate equipment, for data reduction and quality control and report generation.
  • General knowledge of principles and practices of clinical, analytical, organic, inorganic and radiochemistry.
  • General knowledge of related scientific areas such as physics, and statistics.
  • General technical knowledge of and ability to operate highly complex laboratory equipment.
  • Practical knowledge of laboratory safety.
  • General knowledge of appropriate state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and policies relative to the specialty area.
  • Ability to evaluate procedures and make comparisons of methods.
  • Ability to pass an FBI background check.
  • Ability to appear in court as an expert witness.
  • Ability to keep abreast of new developments in the field.
  • Ability to solve analytical problems in related scientific areas.

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) as well as vision and dental plans.
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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