Researcher 1: Environmental Chemistry Laboratory

Oct 20, 2022

Job ID: 352295
Location: Duluth
Job Family: Research
Job Code: 8352R1
Employee Class: Civil Service

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 Assistant Environmental 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, requiring a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or related field, as well as 3 months of cumulative experience working in a chemistry laboratory setting (including summer research, hourly work, and internship experience gained outside of the academic year). The anticipated starting salary range is $38,000 - $46,000. Applications submitted within 14 days of the posting date will be given priority consideration.

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.
• Assist with environmental sampling and field work.


Required Qualifications:

1. BA/BS or a combination of education and experience equal to four years.
2. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Power Point.
3. Effective oral and written communication skills in English.
4. Valid U.S. driver’s license and clean driving record.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. BS/BA and in Chemistry or related field (strongly preferred).
2. Completion of Analytical Chemistry coursework, including a practical laboratory component.
3. Three months of cumulative experience working in a chemistry laboratory setting, including summer research and/or pro-rated part time work experience.
4. Six months to one year of related work experience.
5. Experience with mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, and liquid chromatography.
6. Experience working in a contract analytical laboratory or a government agency laboratory.
7. 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

Job open date: 10/19/2022

Job closing date: open until filled

Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to  and search for job opening 352295.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application and attach a resume and cover letter. First submit the application with cover letter and CV/resume.  Then return to the “My Activities” page to attach the additional documents.

Complete applications must include:                               

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Current Resume
  3. Contact information for three professional references
  4. Diversity Statement: Please provide a brief personal statement detailing your affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity philosophy. 

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

If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact OHR Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for more information.

Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.

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