LABORATORY ANALYST
ALS Group
Saskatoon, SK
ALS provides a broad range of testing and analytical services to a wide variety of end markets and industries around the globe. We continue to remain at the forefront of the testing services industry, building an enviable reputation.

Location: ALS Environmental, Saskatoon

Reports to: Laboratory Supervisor

Position Type: Full-Time

About the Position: The Laboratory Analyst is responsible for performing analysis in various matrices in the Inorganic section using ICP-OES and/ or ICP-MS instrumentation. This position will also perform routine functions such as sample preparation and lab maintenance. Acting area shift-lead during peak sample periods to cover extended hours of operation and week-end shifts.

Responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities:
Adhere to company policies, procedures, and directions regarding standards of workplace behaviour in completing job duties and assignments;
Follow safety requirements as described in the company Safety Manual and communicate all safety concerns and incidents to the Safety Representative;
Prepare and standardize reagents and solutions as required;
Prepare calibration and quality control standards, duplicate and spike samples;
Clean all glassware and other containers required for sample preparation and analysis;
Analyse samples on the ICP-OES and/ or ICP-MS instrumentation and ensure calibration and other QA guidelines are met;
Evaluate data and troubleshoot problems with instruments, support equipment, and sample preparation processes;
Perform instrument/equipment calibration, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair as required;
Organize workload to meet Turn Around Times (TATs) and hold times;
Create work lists, workgroups, sample tables and other computer tasks as assigned.
Maintain a clean and safe work environment.
Order relevant chemicals and supplies in a timely manner for your work area.
Participate in audits, method development and special projects as required.
Follow Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) requirements without deviation, except where approved by Supervisor or Manager;
Adhere to strict QA/QC requirements;
Use correct methods in accordance with the established procedures and schedules while ensuring analytical quality;
Observe established safety regulations and comply with all ALS health and safety policies and procedures;
Train and supervise junior staff in accordance with laboratory protocols;
Ensure all training records and training binders are current and applicable;
Assist in other areas of the lab as required and with other duties as assigned
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications

Physical Demands:
Ability to lift up to 30 lbs./14 kg on a regular basis and carry for short distances;
Ability to climb stairs;
Manual dexterity to perform intricate and/or repetitive tasks;
Wear issued personal protective equipment (PPE) such as dust masks, gloves etc., when required;
Ability to stand for a full shift;
Ability to sit at a desk and do general office work, which includes periodic sedentary responsibilities;
You may be exposed to unpleasant odours.

About You:
The ideal candidate would have:
Excellent English communication skills (auditory, verbal, written, and reading) as required;
Ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) at an intermediate level;
Intermediate computer skills;
Accurate and efficient data entry skills;
Capability to perform repetitive tasks correctly in a fast-paced environment;
Good organizational skills with the ability to meet strict deadlines such as Turnaround Times (TAT) and holding requirements;
Analytical and process oriented skills with the ability to critically think in ambiguous situations;
Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
A strong work ethic and willingness to take on varied tasks as required;
A commitment to excellence and a client-focused attitude.

You would also have:
Completion of B.Sc. or Technical Diploma in Chemistry or a related discipline (required);
1-3 years’ experience in an analytical laboratory or related field experience (required);
Previous experience with ICP-OES, ICP-MS instrumentation and/or other laboratory instrumentation would be considered an asset.

Looking for further details?

Candidates interested in this opportunity should apply online no later than August 29, 2019;
We welcome applications from candidates who may have less experience for consideration;
We would like to thank everyone for their interest in ALS but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted;

For the employee referral bonus program, this position is eligible for a Level B bonus award.