Analytical Laboratory Technician

South Charleston, WV

AVN is a dynamic and growing company that promotes creativity and flexibility in the workplace and encourages a culture of diversity and respect for fellow colleagues.  We are looking for a Senior Analytical Laboratory Technician who has a passion for chemistry and process development and who works effectively in a collaborative environment. 

AVN is a strategic innovation partner providing deep, uncommon expertise and infrastructure to solve the most challenging problems of science and technology. With expertise in chemicals, energy, environmental and advanced software, AVN enables its partners to move ideas from conception to market with speed and efficiency. AVN’s chemical, energy, and environmental services business unit is headquartered in South Charleston, West Virginia. This business unit provides a broad range of unbiased technical services in industrial R&D, ranging from fundamental research to highly applied development in both the process and product arenas. Our laboratory technicians play an important role in providing valuable R&D services to AVN’s global customers from our South Charleston laboratories.

About the Position

The analytical laboratory technician performs analyses independently, under the supervision of a Project Manager or other senior laboratory personnel, to achieve project goals.  This includes providing technical support and assistance to chemists and engineers.  This position is safety-focused and supports the AVN culture of diversity and respect for our colleagues.

Major Responsibilities/Accountabilities
  • Set up and conduct analyses using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.
  • Independently set up methods for analysis of chemical mixtures by a variety of chemical and instrumental techniques.
  • Use either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes.
  • Prepare chemical solutions for processes following standardized formulas or create experimental formulas.
  • Carry out routine tasks accurately and follow strict methodologies to carry out analyses.
  • Record results and sometimes interpret results to present to senior colleagues.
  • Maintain and clean laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Ensure the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced.
  • Use computers and perform mathematical calculations to determine compositions and for the preparation of graphs and tables
  • Exercise procedural, safety, and quality requirements specified in AVN’s Safety Manual and company policies.
Required Skills
  • Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Capable of interpreting a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with groups of customers or employees of AVN.
  • Able to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Good note-writing skills for effective documentation. 
  • Skilled in math to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
  • High level of technical aptitude and creativity.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to wear all personal protective equipment.
Required Experience
  • Experience in GC, GC/MS, HPLC and LIMS.   
  • Experience setting up, operating, developing methods for, and maintaining GCs and other analytical instruments.
Preferred Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry
  • More than five years of related experience
Position Location

South Charleston, WV

Work Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, but laboratory technicians must be able to work irregular hours based on project needs. This could include rotating shifts, evening shifts, 10 or 12-hour workdays, or weekend coverage. Occasional overtime is required.

Position and Pay Range

AVN offers career progression and competitive pay based on experience level.

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