One year of experience independently performing analytical chemistry procedures and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, such as Chemistry, Biology, Food Chemistry, etc.


The Quality Chemist provides accurate and timely detection and identification of chemical constituents and contaminants on a variety products, such as creams & lotions, tablets, capsules, and powders. This requires the application of various standard and technically complex tests and procedures, the results of which generally involve interpretations or correlations with other information.


  1. Benchwork. Typical tasks: logs in sample or specimen, noting date, time, and tests to be performed; prepares necessary equipment and organizes supplies and reagents; prepares samples for testing by appropriate method, runs instruments as needed, and any other analyses as appropriate. He or she also calculates numerical results based on calibrations; interprets results by correlating with other information, if appropriate; investigates deviations from expected results.
  2. Reports. Typical tasks: enters results of test in appropriate log or computer; completes test result form; contacts supervisor immediately in cases of significant or deviating test findings; interprets results for submitter; procures additional samples, if necessary; completes daily and monthly reports including number and types of tests performed; maintains accurate and up-to-date records detailing quality control procedures and results for all tests.
  3. Advancement of Knowledge. Typical tasks: keeps current in field by reading literature and attending symposiums, conferences, and workshops; recommends or develops improvements in methodology and incorporation of new procedures; assists in implementing pilot programs to test recommended improvements and procedures; participates in procedure-manual preparation by suggesting revisions deemed appropriate; may develop a specialty in a particular area.
  4. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: provides technical direction and assistance to new employees, student interns, and laboratory technicians; calibrates, troubleshoots, and performs minor maintenance to laboratory equipment; keeps inventory of supplies current; testifies on methodology and results of tests when those results are evidence in cases of litigation.


The quality chemist may have in-person or telephone contact with vendors, Highland sales personnel, and customers to exchange information or discuss test results. They may have occasional contact with governmental agencies, industrial and business representatives, and other organizations to discuss issues pertaining to a sample or specimen.


He or she will work under general supervision of a Quality Manager or other administrative superior who assigns work verbally and occasionally in writing. Test data, results, and any standard interpretation are reviewed if deviating from established parameters.


  • General knowledge of laboratory and chemical principles, terminology, material, equipment, procedures, and techniques.
  • General knowledge of various fields of chemistry such as organic and inorganic.
  • General knowledge of various laboratory instrument testing procedures such as spectroscopic, titrametric, or microscopic.
  • General knowledge of chromatographic separation techniques.
  • General knowledge of the operation and maintenance of various laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • General knowledge of the techniques required for laboratory safety and the proper handling of hazardous materials.
  • Skill in operating laboratory equipment and instruments, specifically, HPLC, UPLC, GC-MS, ICP-MS, FTIR, including preparation of laboratory samples, reagents, and solutions.
  • Skill in the care and handling of laboratory samples.
  • Skill in reading and following scientific laboratory methods and procedures.
  • Skill in calibrating and maintaining standard laboratory equipment.
  • Skill in interpreting test results.
  • Skill in preparing written reports that contain analysis of laboratory test results.
  • Skill in determining appropriate test equipment or instruments to be used.
  • Ability to learn new complex laboratory procedures.
  • Ability to perform highly repetitive tasks while maintaining accuracy and speed.
  • Ability to provide direction and leadership to students and other employees.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize own work and work of others.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to gather and exchange information.
  • Ability to work with flammable, corrosive, reactive, toxic, radioactive, or irritating substances on a regular basis.


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