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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 12/08/22

Applications Due12/26/22

Vacancy ID118240

AgencyHealth, Department of

TitleAssistant Research Scientist/Research Scientist 1 (Toxic Substances) - 17297

Occupational CategoryI.T. Engineering, Sciences

Salary Grade18

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $49202 to $77912 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 5%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? Yes

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address Center for Environmental Health - Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment

Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower

City Albany


Zip Code12237

Minimum Qualifications Assistant Research Scientist, Grade 14: Bachelor’s degree in toxicology, environmental health sciences, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, epidemiology, immunology, industrial hygiene, pharmacology, or a related field, and one year of post-degree professional research experience in the appropriate field. Thirty graduate hours leading to an advanced degree in an appropriate field may be substituted for the required experience.

Research Scientist 1 (Toxic Substances), Grade 18: Bachelor’s degree in toxicology, environmental health sciences, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, epidemiology, immunology, industrial hygiene, pharmacology, or a related field, and two years of post-degree professional research experience in the appropriate field; OR a master’s degree in one of the above fields and one year of post-degree professional research experience in the appropriate field.

Preferred Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have experience with data management as well as evaluating and interpreting scientific data using statistical methods. It is preferred that the candidate have experience working with SAS or other statistical data analysis software. The preferred candidate will also have experience writing or contributing to scientific reports and/or peer-reviewed scientific papers, and refining complex scientific information to produce clear and concise summaries. Knowledge of contaminant fate and transport principles, a basic understanding of fisheries and aquatic ecology, experience with, or coursework in, human health risk assessment or toxicology, and experience with Excel, Microsoft Access, and Word are also preferred.

Duties Description The Research Scientist will support the Department's Fish and Game Advisory Program by assessing health risks due to exposure to contaminants such as mercury in sportfish collected from New York State’s Great Lakes and other waters.

The incumbent will be responsible for fish contaminant concentration data management, statistical analysis, and interpretation for the purposes of developing human health risk-based regional and waterbody-specific advice for the public. Duties will include managing data in spreadsheets and databases; identifying and applying appropriate statistical methods using software such as SAS to identify regional and temporal patterns; contributing to data summaries and graphical representations to facilitate recommendations for human health risk management; assisting with translation of findings and conclusions into public health messages; contributing to the preparation of technical reports/manuscripts, presentations, outreach and educational materials; and outreach to vulnerable communities and interaction with other State and federal agencies.

Additional Comments Permanent, non-competitive, full-time, appointment. Appointment level will be determined based on the qualifications of the selected candidate. Occasional travel throughout New York State to areas not served by public transportation may be required (5%). Candidates, please clearly indicate how you possess a full-scope of professional research experience.

Benefits of Working for NYS
Generous benefits package, worth 65% of salary, including:
Holiday & Paid Time Off
• Thirteen (13) paid holidays annually
• Up to Thirteen (13) days of paid vacation leave annually
• Up to Five (5) days of paid personal leave annually
• Up to Thirteen (13) days of paid sick leave annually for PEF/CSEA
• Up to Eight (8) days of paid sick leave annually for M/C
• Up to three (3) days of professional leave annually to participate in professional development

Health Care Benefits
• Eligible employees and dependents can pick from a variety of affordable health insurance programs
• Family dental and vision benefits at no additional cost

Additional Benefits
• New York State Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) Membership
• NYS Deferred Compensation
• Access to NY 529 and NY ABLE College Savings Programs, as well as U.S. Savings Bonds
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
• And many more.

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Name Human Resources Management Group, AJR/RS1/17297/BTSA

Telephone 5184861812

Fax 518-473-3395

Email Address


Street Room 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12237


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit your resume and cover letter, preferably in PDF format, by email to, with Reference AJR/RS1/17297/BTSA included in the subject line or by mail to Human Resources Management Group, AJR/RS1/17297/BTSA, Rm 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237-0012, or by fax to (518) 473-3395. Failure to include the required information may result in your resume not being considered for this position.

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