Chemist II / Radio-Chemistry

Augusta, ME 04330, USA | Human Services | Full-time

Apply by: Aug. 12, 2020
Chemist II
Opening Date: July 29, 2020

Closing Date:  August 12, 2020

Job Class Code: 6402
Grade: 24 (Pro/Tech)    
Salary:  $42,681.60 - $57,844.80 / yr.*
*with an additonal 10% stipend

Position Number: 02000-2361         


Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, public health and intervention services that protect the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs.  The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.

Job duties:

You will serve as a Technical Scientific Lead in the Radio-Chemistry Section of the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory.  You will be responsible for providing supervision and assistance to staff and chemists as well as the preparation, preservation and analysis of environmental and drinking water samples for radionuclides in support of the State’s safe drinking water and Radiation Control programs.  Analysis includes, but is not limited to radon air, radon water, gross alpha, gross beta, tritium and gamma spectroscopy.


You will also:

  • Evaluate, maintain, trouble-shoot and repair the instruments used in these analyses.
  • Review quality assurance, analytical data and participate in EPA audits.
  • Participate in the daily operations of the testing section of the laboratory.
  • Determine proper detection, reporting and QC limits for these analyses.
  • Enter and maintain data in the laboratory information system (LIMS).
  • Ensure the quality system by maintaining proficiency and updating SOP’s for assigned tests.
  • Communicate technical information to federal, state, and local agencies and the general public.
  • Follow quality system measures as defined by the State and Federal certification agencies.
  • Review and approve peer analytical data and interpret results.  
  • Satisfy the requirements of the RSO (Radiation Safety Officer), such as but not limited to, maintaining the Radioactive Materials License, taking inventories, analyzing wipes and training new radiation section employees in radiation safety.
  • Participate in emergency drills and update emergency procedures.


A Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Applied Sciences or related laboratory science and two (2) years professional level experience conducting radiological testing methods. Equivalent experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.


Preferred candidates will also have:

  • Experience working both independently and within a team in an analytical laboratory
  • Knowledge of Standard Methods for the analysis of radionuclides.
  • Knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance processes
  • Knowledge and experience with state and federal certification standards for radionuclides
  • Strong computer skill including Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills



For additional information about this position please contact Christopher Montagna, Chemist III at (207) 287-6366.


*To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter with your application.

*In your cover letter, you must provide the following information:

1) explain what prior education and/or experience you have had doing the elements under “Job Description,” above; and

2) explain which, if any, of the attributes under “Preferred candidates will have” section, above.   


Please note: applications sent with cover letters that do not have the information required above may not be considered for this vacancy.


To request a paper application, please contact .


Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.11% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.60 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $470.99 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $447.44 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $423.89 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $400.34 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2020.

To explore the cost of coverage for specific situations, please consult these tables.

The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.