Environmental Analytical Chemist R1

Jan 13, 2023

Researcher 1: Environmental Analytical Chemist

Job Opening ID: 353576 // Job Code: 8352R1

Location: Duluth

Employee Class: Civil Service // Full Time, Regular

Open until filled

About the Job

Are you interested in applying your analytical chemistry skills to support cutting edge research related to water and the environment? The Environmental Chemistry Laboratory at the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) is hiring an Environmental Analytical Chemist to provide laboratory support to research projects related to environmental contaminants, water quality, and water treatment. They will work closely with the Laboratory Manager to perform extractions of trace organic contaminants from environmental water and sediment samples according to standard operating procedures. They will also provide support for operation of analytical instrumentation and reviewing data for compliance with QA/QC protocols. There will also be the opportunity to assist with environmental sampling and field work.

This is an entry-level position with an anticipated starting salary range is $38,000 - $46,000.

Job Duties:

• Preparation of environmental samples for analysis of trace organic contaminants according to standard operating procedures (SOPs), using routine laboratory techniques such as accelerated solvent extraction, flash column chromatography, and solid phase extraction.
• General laboratory assistance, including cleaning and organizing, ordering supplies, record keeping, and ensuring compliance with laboratory safety protocols.
• Operation of analytical instrumentation and review of analytical data to ensure correspondence with quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) criteria.
• Data analysis, interpretation, and reporting.
• Assist with environmental sampling and field work.


Required Qualifications:

• BS/BA in Chemistry or closely related field obtained by June 2023 (preferred), or a combination of education and experience in Chemistry equal to four years.
• Completion of Analytical Chemistry coursework, including a practical laboratory component.
• Experience working in a chemistry laboratory setting, including summer research and/or part time work experience.
• Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
• Physical ability to stand for 2-3 hours at a time and dexterity to perform routine laboratory procedures.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Power Point.
• Effective oral and written communication skills in English.
• Valid U.S. driver’s license and clean driving record.

Preferred Qualifications:

• One year of work experience in an analytical chemistry laboratory setting.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Experience with mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, and liquid chromatography.
• Experience with R studio.

About the Department

The Natural Resources Research Institute was established by the Minnesota legislature in 1983 as an applied science and engineering research organization to inform state citizens and decision-makers while leveraging the power of the University of Minnesota. NRRI is guided by the forward-looking charter provided by the Legislature to foster the economic development of Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment.

NRRI’s mission is to deliver integrated research solutions that value our resources, environment, and economy for a sustainable and resilient future. We are a mission-driven, project-focused team working to create opportunities for natural resource stewardship. With industrial-scale facilities in Duluth and Coleraine, MN, NRRI works across five strategic research platforms. These platforms address Minnesota’s soil, forest, water, and mineral resources:

• Applied Ecology and Resource Management
• Minerals and Metallurgy
• Materials and Bioeconomy
• Data Collection and Delivery
• Commercialization Services


Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off.
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship.
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans.
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts.
  • University HSA contributions.
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance.
  • Employee wellbeing program.
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services. 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost.

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, visit the UMN careers site. Refer to Job opening 353576. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Complete applications must include:

  • A resume detailing educational background, work and research experience, laboratory skills, as well as any publications and presentations.
  • A cover letter (up to two pages) describing your interest in the position and explicitly stating your qualifications as they relate to the required and preferred qualifications.
  • Academic transcripts (unofficial).
  • Contact information for at least two professional references.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:  https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax