• location: Conshohocken, PA
  • type: Temp to Perm
  • salary: $40 - $45 per hour

job description

Job Title: XRF Chemist

Position Description

The primary function of this position is to assist Lab Supervisor to maintain the X-ray and Surface Area (SA) labs day-to day operation. Under direction of Lab Supervisor to develop new XRF/XRD analysis methods, to ensure all the analytical results are recorded accurately and delivered to clients (internal and external) timely. Ensures all laboratory operations are conducted safely.


  • - Conducts X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and SA analyses

    - Use XRF/XRD to analyze geological or catalyst materials

    - Performs instrument calibrations, validation and maintenance

    - Assists in development of new analytical procedures;

    - Performs, with supervision, complex sample preparation when need

    - Provides support for special analytical projects outside X-ray area as needed

    - Independently assesses data validity and proposes conclusions

    - Brings attention to deviations from expected results

    - Adheres to all established safety and environmental guidelines; participates in safety activities

    - Establishes precision and accuracy for analytical methods

    - Troubleshoots analytical equipment problems

    - Maintains workplace in an orderly and safe fashion


MS or minimum BS degree in chemistry or materials science with strong performance in analytical and inorganic courses

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum 3-5 years related experience after degree
  • Hands-on experience in setting up the calibration of analytical instrumentation (XRF, XRD, etc.)
  • Knowledge and experience of XRF and/or XRD a must
  • Knowledge in Statistical Process Control and Quality Assurance
  • Good technical problem solving
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to quickly learn operation of analytical instruments in unfamiliar areas

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