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The State Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville is looking for a Chemical Threat Specialist, to prepare clinical and environmental samples, and analyze the data collected. The position will respond to human exposures to chemical threats (terrorism) as directed by the Laboratory Response Network of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The position also receives and attempts to identify unknown chemical threats submitted to the laboratory by various emergency response organizations, e.g. hazardous materials teams. This position will be responsible for maintaining and operating various instrumentation and will have very similar education and experience as an Associate Chemist (PRG2), but in an environmental lab setting.

Position Status:  Regular

Work Schedule:  M-F, 8-5 p.m. this position must be willing and available to respond to emergency situations outside of regular work hours, if necessary.

Work Location:  Coralville, Iowa

Work Modality:  On Campus

For a full job description, please send an e-mail to the contact listed below.

About the State Hygienic Laboratory
The State Hygienic Laboratory’s main facilities are headquartered on the University of Iowa's Research Park campus northwest of Iowa City in Coralville. Additional testing facilities are part of the Iowa Laboratory Facilities in Ankeny, a Des Moines suburb.

Since 1904, the State Hygienic Laboratory has been at the forefront of public health issues in Iowa. As the state’s public health and environmental laboratory, the Hygienic Laboratory serves all of Iowa’s 99 counties through disease detection, environmental monitoring, and newborn and maternal screening.



Education or Equivalency Required
Bachelor of Science in chemistry, analytical chemistry, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Qualifications

  • Basic relevant laboratory experience and knowledge of analytical chemistry.
  • Demonstrates effective communication, using varied tools and techniques to transmit, receive, and interpret information, both written and verbally.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner and utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals and needs.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in analytical chemistry is highly desired.
  • Experience with gas chromatography or liquid chromatography.
  • Experience with mass spectrometry and the application toward quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Identification of unknown chemical samples.
  • Clinical laboratory analysis - working with urine and blood borne pathogens.
  • Method validation and/or method verification.
  • Knowledge of- and work with forensic sample handling procedures.
  • Demonstrates working knowledge and experience with Laboratory Information Systems (LIMS).
  • Work with first responders and other emergency response organizations.
  • Knowledge of CBRNe threats with an emphasis on Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism.

Position and Application Details and Instructions:
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following required documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification.  Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

For additional questions, please contact:  VPR Talent (

Job Information

  • Job ID: 71612066
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Iowa City, Iowa, United States
    Coralville, Iowa, United States
  • Company Name For Job:
  • Position Title: Chemical Threat Specialist
  • Area of Focus: Chemical Terrorism
  • Job Function: Public Health Laboratory Scientist
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Setting: Public Health Laboratory
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 0-1 Year
  • Governmental Position: NO

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