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  • 503932
  • Full-time


The Arizona Department of Health Services promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. We strive to set the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy, and leadership. ADHS promotes alternative work schedules, flexible hours. We have positions that can fit any stage in your career, from entry to senior level. We offer a robust benefits package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Program, where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.



Job Location:

Address: 250 N 17th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007  

Posting Details:

Salary: $46,200 - $61,800 

Job Summary:

Performs inorganic and organic laboratory analyses on food and/or toxicological samples using complex analytical instrumentation of one or more of the following platforms: ICP-MS, LC-MS, GC/MS, & X-RF. The position supports work under the ADHS FDA Laboratory Flexible Funding Model (LFFM) grant as well as supporting testing in the ADHS Toxicology Program. All analytical works performed in adherence to the program's ISO 17025 accreditation and ADHS Laboratory QA/QC protocols. Benchwork includes samples prep, sample analysis, and the interpretation of test results. Additional work includes LIMS data entry, the ordering of supplies/consumables, instrument maintenance, instrument/method troubleshooting, waste disposal, and general adherence to Good Laboratory Practices. Works directly with chemicals and common laboratory hazards (gases, cryogenic sample prep) as well as analytical processes that may involve microwave digestion and/or solvent extraction. Performs method development and subsequent validations as needed. Position may be required to travel in support of the LFFM grant. Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Duties:

- Performs instrument analysis on 1 or more of the platforms ICP-MS, LC/MS, GC/MS, & XRF.
- Primary and secondary data review of analytical data generated in support of the program.
- Performs instrument maintenance/troubleshooting on 1 or more of the platforms ICP-MS, LC-MS, & GC/MS.
- Processing of a sample to a matrix that is amenable to the analytical instrument performing the measurement.
- Orders and accepts program supplies for work unit as needed.
- Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) data entry and sample accessioning.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
-Knowledge of chemistry, chemical terminology, and related concepts in biology, physics, and mathematics; conversion factors; general chemical laboratory methods, procedures, equipment, and associated technology; chemical incompatibilities; how quality assurance and control interact with analytical chemistry; ethical boundaries with regards to laboratory processes; general laboratory safety protocols involving both chemical and biological substances.
- Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.

Skill in:
-Chemical laboratory testing and interpretation; using and maintaining laboratory instrumentation and sample prep equipment; use of analytical balances; pipetting technique; maintaining accuracy and precision in lab work; applying safety precautions and procedures in everyday work to minimize hazards to self and others.

Ability to:
-Establish and maintain effective work relationships; communicate verbally and in writing; maintain accurate laboratory notes; write technical reports; use laboratory and support software, adhere to existing quality assurance quality control protocols, maintain a clean and safe work environment.
- Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Selective Preference(s):

Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field with 2 years of work experience.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employees who drive on state business require possession of and the ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.11).


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award-winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27 week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 542-1085. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.