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Cannabis Laboratory Scientist

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Our Client located in Riverdale, MI ( 25 minutes from Mount Pleasant & 1 hour from Lansing) are looking to bring on Cannabis Laboratory Scientist to join their growing team. They are one of Michigan’s Premier Cannabis Safety Testing Laboratories and are looking to add to their growing team.

They are in search of Cannabis Laboratory Scientists I, II, & III. These are all great opportunities that differ relating to the experience, education, and duties needed to be performed. Along with this, the salary ranges differ as well. Scientist I will be reporting to Scientist II. Scientist II will be reporting to Scientist III. While Scientist III will be reporting to the Laboratory Director.

Included below is the description for the Cannabis Laboratory Scientist III (the description with the most experience, education, and duties needed). If you do not feel you meet the preferred requirements or experience, we welcome you to still submit an application, as it will be reviewed according to all open positions.

Position Title: Laboratory Scientist III

Direct Report: Laboratory Director

Supervises: Provides direct supervision of Laboratory Scientist II

Internal Advancement Possibility: As available – Laboratory Manager, Operations Manager, Research & Development, Senior Scientist


The laboratory scientist is critical to the overall functioning of the laboratory and for the acquisition of sound scientific results; the analytical process relies on the appropriate preparation of samples. The scientist is empowered to ensure all samples are received in appropriate manner, are correctly processed into the system, and properly prepared for microbial and chemical analyses. The scientist is tasked to provide leadership through mentorship and collaboration. The Scientist III is expected to lead each laboratory team until competence is reach in each team goal/responsibility. Professional integrity, customer confidentiality, and laboratory confidentiality must be held to the highest caliber.

Qualifications: Cannabis Laboratory Scientist I

Employee must be at least 21 years of age.

Education & Experience:

(1) BA/BS and 2-years prior paid laboratory experience; or

(2) MA/MS and no prior laboratory experience

Qualifications: Cannabis Laboratory Scientist II

Education & Experience:

(1) BA/BS and 4-years of paid laboratory experience including at least 3-years relevant laboratory experience; or

(2) MA/MS and 2- years relevant laboratory experience; or

(3) PhD and relevant research experience or 1-year relevant laboratory work experience.

Qualifications: Cannabis Laboratory Scientist III

Education & Experience:

(1) BA/BS and 8-years of paid laboratory experience including at least 4-years relevant laboratory experience, and at least 2-years management supervisory experience is preferred; or

(2) MA/MS and 6- years relevant laboratory experience; or

(3) PhD and 4-years relevant laboratory experience.

Background Check:

Upon request, must pass a criminal background check prior to and periodically throughout employment.

Driver’s License:

Must be a licensed driver with no history of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Under the Influence, or other history relative to reckless driving.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Must work collaboratively with colleagues and customers.

Additional Experience (Preferred)
• Analytical Chemistry

• Quantitative analysis
• Method development and validation
• Troubleshooting
• ICP-MS (ideally not someone who has ONLY ICP-MS experience)


Policies and Procedures:

· Learn and apply the quality management system which is in accord with ISO/IEC 17025 and state regulatory requirements.

· Must demonstrate competence prior to independently performing any job duty.

· Maintain a safe environment in which employees are protected from physical, chemical and biological hazards.

· Must demonstrate competence for all Laboratory Analyst I, II, III, Scientist II duties.

· Assist with technical and management system internal audits

· Contribute to Management Review preparations

· Assist with report preparations

· Lead internal technical investigations

Technical Assays/Testing:

· Overall responsibility to ensure test data integrity

· Provide second review of all test data prior to issuance of CoA or test report

· Author method development and method validation plans

· Prepare and validate spreadsheets that are used for calculations

· Provide quarterly review of all quality control charts to ensure trends and outliers have been appropriately addressed.

· Author technical documents like SOPs


· Responsible for overall instrument and equipment performance:

o Perform routine and/or preventive instrument maintenance

o Ensure all preventive maintenance is performed on instruments and equipment

o Ensure equipment verifications have been performed according to schedule

· Troubleshoot instrument/equipment malfunction

Customer Service:

· Provide and oversee investigations into test failures, or test results that require root cause analyses.

· Provide training and education to customers, as necessary

· Oversee investigations in customer complaints


· Mentor Analysts, Scientist I, Scientist II

· Directly train Scientists and ensure their competences to perform designated duties

· Maintain appropriate technical and managerial records

· Performs other duties as assigned


The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· Work is performed in a laboratory environment and may require use of personal protection equipment to limit exposure to chemicals or other hazards found within a laboratory environment.

· There are frequent contacts and interruptions during the day.

· The work environment will expose employee to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration.

· The noise level in the work environment can be loud.

· For security purposes there are cameras located throughout the laboratory except in restrooms and change rooms.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

· Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.

· While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.

· The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

· The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

· Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.