Analytical Chemist - TEM Experience Required

Sunnyvale, California
Market Rate
Oct 20, 2017
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


Conduct laboratory testing in an accurate and timely manner on a variety of analytical instruments including particle distribution (by sedimentation, laser diffraction, and/or sieve analysis), BET surface area and porosity, density measurements, color/brightness analysis, and thermal analysis.

Conduct or assist with analyses involving X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, FTIR spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy with emphasis on problem-solving.

Complete sample preparation, which may include crushing and grinding of ore samples, polishing, working with chemicals, and various other sample preparation techniques.  Coordinate submission of samples to external laboratories if needed.

Assist with sample database log-in and organization of projects throughout stages of preparation, analysis, and reporting.  Use electronic laboratory notebook to record and manipulate data.  Assist with organization of raw data files, calculation files, reports, standard test methods, standard operating procedure, and/or work flow diagrams, according to ISO quality systems/good laboratory practices (GLP).  

Follow written test methods and standard operating procedures accurately during analysis; assist with updating existing or developing new test methods/operating procedures as needed.  Organize inter-laboratory or intra-laboratory studies, calibrations, or other quality control related activities to validate results.

Record and organize data in order to complete or assist with accurate interpretation of results, drawing conclusions, and communicating effectively by written standard internal reporting practices.

Actively contribute to analytical method development.

Coordinate with other Analytical scientists as needed to complete projects.

Work within the Apex's Health, Safety and Environmental procedures.

Sharing of laboratory administrative tasks, such as ordering supplies, organizing maintenance schedules, organizing sample inventory, filing, organization of equipment instructions, etc. is necessary.

Aptitude with laboratory equipment repair and maintenance would be beneficial; possible coordination with various building services functions such as electrical contractors, HVAC technicians, gas delivery, etc.

Other tasks and duties as assigned



B.S. or M.A. in Chemistry, Material Science, Geology or other laboratory based discipline is desired. 

Required 3+ years of direct experience with working in a laboratory environment 

Required experience X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, FTIR spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy

Preferred background from mineral or mining company

Background in analytical techniques is beneficial


Passion for electron microscopy techniques with the dexterity and attention to detail required for accurate analysis and sample preparation.

Demonstrates analytical, project management and problem solving skills.

Ability to develop new analytical processes and methodologies.

Meticulous and inquisitive with a passion for continuous improvement.

Highly organized and able to work well with customers and employees at all levels in the organization.

Excellent “teaming” skills. Able to work effectively on cross-functional teams and projects.

Capable of working efficiently and accurately when juggling multiple priorities.

Skill in the use of computerized spreadsheet, relational database, word processing, drawing, plotting and process diagram software.

Knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.

Knowledge and understanding of analytical principles, processes, and techniques.