Minimum Qualifications The minimum qualifications for appointment to a Research Scientist 1 position are a bachelor’s degree and two years of professional research experience in an appropriate field OR a master’s degree in an appropriate field and one year of professional research experience in an appropriate field. Appropriate fields include Biology, Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Ecology, Environmental Science, Toxicology or other related natural science.
Additional Preferred Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have familiarity with analytical laboratory techniques and instruments. The preferred candidate will also have strong scientific writing skill, the ability to analyze data and make defensible decisions and recommendations, and the ability to review the work of others in a constructive manner.
Duties Description Program Description: These positions will carry out the programs of the Pollution Prevention (P2) Unit in the Division of Materials Management (DMM). The P2 Unit is responsible for implementing a number of programs including several chemical disclosure and restriction programs. These programs include: 1,4-dioxane restrictions; Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products (TCCP) Law; Hazardous Packaging Act and PFAS in Food Packaging amendments; PFAS in Apparel restrictions; Flame Retardants in Electronic Displays, Furniture and Mattresses Law; Cleaning Product Ingredient Disclosure (CPID) Law; Mercury in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Law; and the Coal Tar Pavement Products Ban.
Essential Functions: In general, these positions will assist with investigating programmatic topics to assist with implementation of chemical policy programs. Functions will generally include:
• Assessing scientific and technical information, including collecting data and interpreting findings, to support and advance rulemakings and program implementation;
• Effectively preparing and communicating orally and in writing;
• Interacting professionally with the general public, regulated community and other state agencies through email, telephone and written correspondence;
• Working closely and cooperatively with co-workers;
• Effectively reviewing, editing and manipulating electronic documents and maintaining electronic records. Extensive computer skills including manipulation of Adobe Acrobat files and use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are critical.
Duties: This work will include the following specific duties, with expected percentage of overall workload being noted above each group of tasks:
• Research to determining appropriate restriction levels for chemicals being regulated under the PFAS in apparel law, mercury in cosmetics law, and flame retardants law based on available scientific information and standards, supporting research and documentation published by other government agencies;
• Research to determine appropriate product testing and compliance procedures to be used in assessing compliance with PFAS in apparel law, flame retardants law and mercury in cosmetics law, both as part of the rulemaking process and as part of the Unit’s compliance assessment approach;
• Researching chemicals in children’s products, lab testing methods, and associated practical quantitation limits for inclusion in the list of chemicals that DEC is tasked with promulgating and updating;
• Developing and documenting procedures for assessing compliance under the above-noted programs;
• Researching topics to support the initial TCCP rulemaking and rulemaking updates that may be required following recommendations by the Children’s Product Safety Council;
• Evaluating information relevant to chemical hazards based on the quantitative extent of potential exposures as part of the regulatory update process for the TCCP program;
• Researching the effectiveness of current restrictions and determining whether it is appropriate to add further chemical restrictions under the Hazardous Packaging Act;
• Researching safer alternatives for restricted toxic chemicals to include in guidance materials or other program documents associated with the above-noted programs;
• Researching types of information that will need to be submitted under the Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure law;
• Working collaboratively to develop systematic review processes for reports and or waiver applications received under chemical policy programs;
• Evaluating annual reports for the TCCP and flame retardants programs to determine completeness, assess compliance and to determine trends in data received;
• Assisting program staff with identifying areas of concern and needs for further assessment with respect to product screening, testing and program compliance;
• Coordinating with program staff to conduct product screening and testing, and reviewing laboratory or screening results;
• Coordinating with program staff and counsel to conduct outreach related to compliance assessments;
• Assisting with review of waiver applications under 1,4-dioxane restrictions and TCCP programs;
• Ensuring necessary updates are made to the TCCP chemicals lists and reporting database;
• Assisting program staff with rulemaking and outreach tasks for the above-noted programs;
• Participate in multi-state associations and workgroups to exchange technical information with the goal of facilitating and enhancing program implementation; and
• Other duties as assigned to support the Division or P2 Unit, including correspondence and report preparation, implementation of new programs, assisting with existing programs, presentations, and participation in meetings.
Additional Comments Must have a valid driver’s license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel may be required. Overnight travel may be required. Telecommuting may be available, will be discussed at interview.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
Notes on ApplyingPlease email/mail your resume to the above. Be sure to include Posting #23-144821 on your resume and also in the subject line of your email or it may not be accepted. If qualified based on college credit, include college transcript.