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  • 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 benefit 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.


Division of Preparedness

Job Location:

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

Posting Details:

Salary: $46,200 - $66,800 

Grade: 18

Job Summary:

The individual in this position will conduct analytical chemistry testing to both identify and quantify toxins, poisons, and chemical agents deemed to be important by the CDC Laboratory Response Network - Chemical (LRN-C), sister LRN-C laboratories, and jurisdictional law enforcement and public health agencies.

Job Duties:

− Planning and performing daily chemistry test procedures for compounds classified as toxins, poisons, and chemical terrorism agents in both clinical and environmental matrices. Specifically through the use of gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC/MS), liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer (LC/MS), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS), as well as various field instruments (FTIR, Raman, TruNARC) pertaining to Hazmat outreach and/or the identification of unknowns.
− Participating in proficiencies, validations, and analytical work to demonstrate competency with LRN-C methods.
− Preventative maintenance and troubleshooting of analytical instrumentation associated with the ADHS LRN-C program.
− Performing quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) work for both methods and program-specific.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

The candidate must meet the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) minimum requirements for the performance of high complexity testing as defined in the CLIA §493.1489.
− Knowledge of Principles of and practice of chemical analytical techniques including but not limited to: sample handling, sample preparation, basic waste characterization
− Ability to operate, understand, and maintain specialized analytical instrumentation (mass spectrometry) and related software programs (Chemstation, MassHunter, Analyst, MultiQuant, ELAN, Syngistix, Empower)
− Ability to work with clinical matrices of blood and urine
− Principles of good laboratory practice
− Sample and data entry into LIMS systems
− Knowledge of Regulations (HIPPA and PPI) pertaining to the confidentiality of medical records
− Knowledge of Division of Public Health Services and Public Health Laboratories
− Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), and Lean methodologies
− Thorough on-the-job training (12 months)
− Ability to work in a team 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 from an accredited college or university with a major or minor in laboratory science including twelve semester hours in chemistry/biochemistry/molecular & cellular biology and at least one year experience as a professional chemist.
Masters or Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry or biochemistry.

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 candidate must meet the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) minimum requirements for the performance of high complexity testing as defined in the CLIA §493.1489.


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.