• A minimum of 6 years recent and practical experience as operator of GC/MS and/or LC/MS and/or NMR instrumentation;
• (SAC Environmental): Several years of recent and practical experience in the analysis of chemical weapons related samples; including sample collection and sample preparation procedures for environmental samples;
• (SAC Bioanalytical): Several years of recent and practical experience in the analysis of DNA and/or proteins and/or peptides.
• (SAC Environmental): Experience in the analysis of biomedical samples will be an asset.
• (SAC Environmental and Bioanalytical): Skills in the small-scale synthesis of CWC related chemicals for analysis are highly desirable. Experience developing & teaching training courses will be an asset.
Skills and Competencies
To succeed in this role you will need the following skills and competencies:
• Knowledge of the chemistry of Scheduled chemicals, their precursors and degradation products that are listed in the ‘Annex on Chemicals’ in the CWC;
• Knowledge of sampling and analysis procedures for the analysis of chemical weapons related chemicals and of related instrumental analytical methods and techniques (GC/MS, LC/MS, FTIR, NMR);
• Knowledge of quality assurance and quality control procedures and international standards;
• Strong computer software and electronic data management skills;
• (SAC Environmental): Practical knowledge of GC/MS processing software such as Agilent Chemstation and MS library managing software such as NIST MS Search/AMDIS;
• (SAC Bioanalytical): Practical knowledge of LC/MS systems and processing software;
• Basic understanding of general analytical methods including their limitations and of modern instrumentation needed to apply these methods in field as well as laboratory situations;
• A broad understanding of the various analytical techniques (and their limitations) used by laboratories in the analysis of Convention related chemicals;
• Ability to manage teams in working on technical projects, background in quality management systems;
• Tact, discretion, and the ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural environment.
Fluency in English is essential and a good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.
This fixed-term appointment is for the duration of two years with a six-month probationary period, and is subject to the OPCW Staff Regulations and Interim Staff Rules.
The OPCW is a non-career organisation with limited staff tenure. The total length of service for Professional staff shall not exceed 7 years.
The mandatory age of separation at the OPCW is 65 years.
Fixed-term staff members participate in the OPCW provident fund. A monthly staff contribution is met with a doubled amount by the OPCW to ensure separating staff have the capital necessary to move on to new challenges.
The Director-General retains the discretion to not make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. Several vacancies may be filled.
Only applications submitted before the closing date and through OPCW CandidateSpace will be considered. Only applicants under serious consideration for a post will be contacted.
Applications from qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged.
Apply at: https://jobs.opcw.org/my-account/my-CV-for-my-application-for-senior-analytical-chemist-p-4-_200.aspx?ApplicationType=OfferApplication